Pictures: Dubai Ruler visits 61% ready RTA Canal
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, visited the Dubai Water Canal project to inspect its progress
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, visited the construction site of Dubai Canal to inspect project progress.
The Ruler inspected work on the Dubai Water Canal, linking the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf in a 3km route passing through Dubai, and inspected the excavation works completed so far and bridges constructed on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road, and Jumeirah Road.
According to the Dubai Ruler's official website, project completion is thus far reported at 61%.
HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), HE Mattar Al Tayer, besides Meydan Group chairman HE Saeed Humaid Al Tayer; and several directors and engineers.
Next page: The site tour commences
At the start of the tour, HH Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Al Tayer on the progress of the project which included the completion of the construction of the northern bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
The bridge, which extends 1km, comprises eight lanes.
Construction works for the southern bridge in the direction from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will commence after diverting traffic to the northern bridge in order to make way for the remaining excavation works of the canal underneath the bridges on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Remarking on the construction programme, Al Tayer continued: “Work on the Dubai Water Canal Project is progressing according to the approved timeline and the completion rate of the project has so far touched 61%, while completion rate of bridges on the Sheikh Zayed Road has topped 70%.
"Construction works for the project are expected to be completed next August."
Next page: Construction update and opening timelines
"The completion rate of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads have reached 67% and are expected to be opened by the end of July this year," HE Mattar Al Tayer said.
"The completion rate of the excavation works for the canal has reached 52% and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016."
HH Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed the designs and models of three pedestrian bridges to be constructed on the Dubai Water Canal, along with the design options for a walkway, running track, patios featuring interactive screens, sitting areas overlooking the Canal, state-of-the-art innovative lighting, and landscaping works.
The Ruler was also briefed by HE Saeed Al Tayer about property and urban development projects to be built on the two banks of the Dubai Water Canal.
Next page: Urban development projects around Dubai Water Canal
The floor area of these structures extends to 468.9ha (4.689 million sqm), and the project includes 5,345 residential units and 948 hotel rooms.
The commercial floor area extends to 60.5ha (605 thousand sqm).
The project comprises the following districts; Gate Towers, Jumeirah, and Peninsula (Beach).
The Gate Towers bridge at the entrance of the Canal will comprise a three-level mall built above the Canal spanning a floor area of 30ha, and featuring 434 retail outlets and restaurants.
The roof of the mall has been designed as a green park providing an optical connection between its greenery and that of Safa Park. The Gate Towers project will include a five-star hotel, hotel apartments, and branded apartments.
Property developments on the Canal include four residential towers linked with Safa Park, about 500 retail outlets and restaurants, and 1,141 residential units.