First Safa Park’s flora was ripped up, then the pillars of the aqueducts and bridges sprouted. Over the past three years, Dubaians have been watching the Dubai Water Canal come together around them.
The Dhs2 billion project will result in a waterway that extends to the Creek, running from Business Bay, across Sheikh Zayed Road, through Safa Park and Al Wasl Road. It will reach its end at the Arabian Gulf.
The ambitious development will feature a three-level shopping centre at the entrance of the Canal, which will house 200 shops and restaurants. In addition, 211 residential units will be built on both banks of the water, with four residential towers connected to Safa Park. There will also be waterside walkways and 948 hotel rooms.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspected the project earlier this month, and his managers reported that work is progressing on time, with construction due to complete next August.
Once building works are complete, the city will not only have an impressive new waterway, shops and homes, but also an additional 7km of running track that connects with the existing track at Jumeirah Corniche, three new pedestrian bridges and a man-made peninsula at Jumeirah Beach Park, doubling its beach area and forever changing the way the way we live and work on the city’s waters.