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Satellite confirms completion of Dubai Water Canal

High-definition images captured by the UAE’s DubaiSat-2 have confirmed that Dubai Water Canal is now full of water, marking the completion of the $545m megaproject

A high-definition image captured by DubaiSat-2 has confirmed that 3.2km-long, $545m Dubai Water Canal is now complete.
A high-definition image captured by DubaiSat-2 has confirmed that 3.2km-long, $545m Dubai Water Canal is now complete.
An image captured before the Dubai Water Canal had reached capacity.
An image captured before the Dubai Water Canal had reached capacity.

Satellite images have confirmed that Dubai Water Canal is now full of water, marking the completion of the $545m (AED2bn) megaproject.

The high-definition photographs were captured by DubaiSat-2, a satellite owned and operated by the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

The images show the new canal flowing from Dubai Creek towards the Arabian Gulf. A broad selection of under-development projects, including residences, malls, and hotels, can also be seen on both banks of the waterway.

DubaiSat-2’s camera boasts a 1m panchromatic resolution and a 4m multi-spectral resolution for coloured images. The device can store 512 images, each 12km x 12km in size.

The satellite provides high-quality photographs that can be used for urban planning and mapping, disaster management, and to monitor environmental changes. It was launched in 2013 via the Dnepr at Yasny Cosmodrome to follow a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 600km.

The 3.2km-long Dubai Water Canal is the largest project to be completed in the UAE in 2016.

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