Dubai’s three-year construction project has finally been inaugurated on Wednesday. The project was estimated to be roughly around $735 million, and is expected to boost the tourism sector within the Gulf city state.
The Water Canal creates a waterfront of over 6.4 kilometers, distributing water to all areas of the district, making it easier for residents within the Gulf state to gain easy access to water.
The waterway, between 80 and 120 metres in width, “will add a unique tourist and commercial showpiece to the city,” said the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chief, Mattar al-Tayer.
The opening ceremony of the multi-million dollar project was attended by Shaikh Mohammad, Crown Prince of Dubai Shaikh Hamdan and Deputy Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Maktoum, whp tool a boat trip from Jumeirah Bay Island towards the Dubai Water Canal
Shaikh Mohammad said: “I am very happy with this project. In the past the Creek used to reach the area where Burj Khalifa currently is, and then used to flow towards the sea in the North. So all that we have done is restore Dubai Creek to what it used to be prior to changes caused by the winds and the sands.”
He added: “This is a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE. Through the Dubai Water Canal, we bring back the past glory to Dubai Creek. This project will have a positive imprint on the environment in Dubai.”