Dubai Canal’s brand-new water taxis may offer the fastest means of aquatic public transport in the city but if you’re feeling particularly heroic and energetic you might want to follow of footsteps of this bunch of legends.
A group of mates in their early thirties has just kayaked the length of Dubai Water Canal – 40 kilometres to be exact.
Ex-British soldiers John Rawdon-Mogg, Nick Gross, teacher Ed Green and lawyer Charlie Richardson managed to complete the feat in 8 hours and 12 minutes.
“I moved here about 18 months ago and looked at the Creek and thought when that’s finished I want to go round it,” Rawdon-Mogg told 7days.
“Notable moments around the route included dodging abras in the Deira section of the Creek, going underneath SZR with lots of runners on either side of the canal and a huge flock of flamingoes flying low overhead by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.”
Their feat will go down in the history books as the first man-powered voyage along the full stretch of Dubai Canal.
“We’ve been talking about it for months and then as soon as it opened we went for it,” Rawdon-Mogg added.
“My wife is about to give birth, and Nick’s wife in about four weeks’ time, so we thought we’d make the most of the free time we have now.”
“The sea phase was by far the toughest phase, requiring life jackets as the wind got up a little bit causing a bit of swell, particularly in the mouth of Port Rashid.
Their next challenge? To plan a massive canal paddle along Dubai Water Canal with the help of Dubai authorities. Do you have what it takes?