Dubai Water Canal marine taxi ports revealed

Time Out has pictures of Dubai Water Canal marine taxi ports revealed by the RTA on Twitter. Also, pictures of the new Al Shindaga crossing

These are first images of the new water taxi terminals on Dubai Water Canal will look like.

Released on Twitter by the RTA on Saturday, they show open and accessible ports designed to help ferry people along the network of waterways running through the city.

The designs were released following approval by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, made during a visit to RTA headquarters.

By the time the project is completed, there will be 18 stations along the full length of Dubai Creek, including five brand new ones on the latest stretch of the project. Seven more will be created on the existing waterways to add to the six already in place.

“This will make marine transit the favourite mobility choice of citizens, residents, and visitors who will be ferried from the shores of the Dubai Creek and the two water canals," Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA board of executive directors, said last year.

The same series of Tweets posted by the Dubai Media Office over the weekend also showed the first designs of the Al Shindaga crossing, a seventh over-water bridge on the Creek.

Details of the construction are thin on the ground, but back in November, tenders showed that the bridge would be 300 metres long and 22m wide, with clearance of 15m.

The new designs are certainly an upgrade on the current, two-lane crossing point, the Al Shindagha Tunnel. Constructed in 1975, it is the second oldest crossing of the five that connect Bur Dubai and Deira.

In mid-July, the RTA revealed that with all three new flyovers (Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl and Jumeriah Beach Road) complete, the canal excavation work would be over by the end of September. The final two phases of the Dhs2 billion project are already underway.

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