The wait is finally over and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that the Dubai Canal will open tonight! ”The New face of Dubai” will be revealed at an opening ceremony on Wednesday, November 9 in a special ceremony.
The RTA tweeted to warn drivers not to use Sheikh Zayed Road if you are driving towards Abu Dhabi between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Dear Drivers, if you are going towards Abu Dhabi today using Sheikh Zayed Road from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, please use the alternative roads.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai)
The canal is six metres deep and stretches 3.2km from Business Bay Canal to the Arabian Gulf via Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road. It will be surrounded by new public places, a shopping centre, hotels, 450 restaurants, walkways, cycle paths and luxury apartments.
Embark on a journey to reveal the new face of Dubai. Stay tuned!
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai)
On Saturday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that they will be opening nine marine stations along the stretch of water, offering water taxis.
This will include four stations at Business Bay – Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, Marasi, and the Business Bay – and five along the canal – Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Jumeirah, Dubai Canal stations.
The water taxis will be available from 10am until 10pm. “The Dubai Ferry will offer service in five stations, two at the Dubai Water Canal, and three at the Business Bay. There will be three newly scheduled two-way daily services for the Dubai Ferry from Al Jaddaf Station calling at Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, and Marasi stations in the Business Bay; and the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Canal stations in the Dubai Water Canal,” explained HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of Board of Executive Directors of RTA.”
Although the canal is scheduled to open tonight, there are plenty of projects taking place along its waterfront that we can look forward to in the near future.
It’s now November, so things to do outside are very much in our mind. The Canal will feature “The Walk”, a seven-kilometre promenade that will eventually connect with the Jumeirah Beach running track. There’ll also be three footbridges, plenty of sitting areas and loads of greenery scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017.
Click on the link below to find out what other exciting projects are coming to the Dubai Canal.