UPDATE: Dubai Canal flooded as part of test run
The $545m (AED2bn) project is scheduled for completion next month and is currently on track
Water was released into the Dubai Water Canal for the first time on Monday as part of a test run, officials revealed.
The $545m (AED2bn) project is scheduled for completion next month and is currently on track, Gulf News reported.
According to an official, the release of water is part of a testing process and the water level will gradually increase throughout the next couple of weeks to its full capacity of 6m.
Speaking on the side lines of a conference, Laila Taher Faraidoon, Executive Director of RTA Director General and Chairman of the Board, Mattar Al Al Tayer’s Office, said: “Dubai Canal is on track and our monitoring system in place ensures the project is ready according to the set plan.”
As the largest project in the UAE to be completed this year, the 3.2km canal will turn a major portion of old Dubai into an island, including areas like Jumeirah and Al Safa areas, Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha.