Take a trip on Dubai Water Canal

One of the jewels in the UAE’s crown is a perfect place to see Dubai’s sights

Take a trip on Dubai Water Canal

The 3.2km long Dubai Water Canal, which runs from Jumeirah through Al Safa and around Business Bay, opened in a blaze of fireworks back in 2016. One of the most spectacular parts of the canal is the water feature gushing down from the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge, which is bathed in purple and green changing light as night falls. Take your place on the canal-side with the throng of onlookers and watch the water part as boats sail underneath.  

The canal has transformed the look of the city – and also makes for a very cool new commuter route. Five pedestrian bridges and 7km of walkways have been designed to help people make their way around on dry land, but for those who have brought their sea legs along for the trip, five new Water Canal marine stations have been set up by the city’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), so commuters can sail happily along the canal in a water taxi or jump on board the Dubai Ferry. There are tours running on a evening, too, once the usual ferry service has finished for the day.
For RTA water taxi and Dubai Ferry routes, visit www.rta.ae.

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