The $544.4 million (AED2bn) Dubai Canal Project is reaching a milestone with the canal excavation work to be completed by the end of September, Gulf News reported. The rest of the works is set to be over by 2017 as it is divided into three phases.
The Dubai Water Canal Project is being carried out by three separate construction contracts, as noted Ventures ONSITE – The Middle East & North African (MENA) countries Construction Projects Tracking System:
- The $157.9 million (AED580m) phase 1, is contracted to Turkish firms Mapa and Gunal; the plan includes construction of a 16-lane flyover on Shaikh Zayed Road under which the canal will flow. An 800m-long section of SZR was affected by this project phase. That construction began early last year and is near completion. Lately, RTA (in July) opened the southern bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi as part of Phase I of the Dubai Water Canal project, while in May RTA opened the northern bridge of the SZR in the direction of Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
- The $104.5 million (AED384m) phase 2, is being undertaken by China State Corporation; the plan involves construction of six-lane bridges each on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads. As of July, it was 86% complete.
- The contract of the phase 3 awarded to Belhasa Six Construct Co involves drilling the Canal, building quay walls, and constructing three pedestrian bridges, which is in the works along with phases one and two that are scheduled to be ready by the end of 2016, according to Dubai Media Office.
The cost is then commensurate to the scale of the Dubai water canal project with creating or modifying a number of bridges among other things to extend the existing canal.
When completed, the 3km canal will extend from the Business Bay district, cross the Sheikh Zayed Road, between Safa and 1st Interchanges, and will pass across Safa Park and Al Wasl Road and terminate at the Arabian Gulf. The Government noted the canal extension is expected to be a popular tourist landmark in the city. The project will add around 6km to Dubai’s waterfront; thus the more space will be used for recreational activities and for the construction of additional residential developments on both sides of the canal, in addition to hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment centers to give a boost to tourism. As part of the project, there will be pedestrian paths and cycling tracks to run alongside the channel’s route. The bridges will be built 8.5m above the canal and pedestrians will be able to take in the view and observe the passage of boats through the channel from the walkways.
It was Dubai’s ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chairman Matter Al Tayer and representatives from developers Meydan Group and Meraas Holdings to launch the project, as local daily Gulf News reported.
Remarking on the project’s status, HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said that work is progressing on the construction of new crossings over the canal’s route. “This includes a new bridge to be built over Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) – Dubai’s main arterial route – which the canal will bisect, which will have eight lanes in each direction, while bridges over Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road will both have three lanes in each direction,” (ConstructionWeekOnline.com news report).