Dubai leaders react to $1.1bn Water Canal opening

ConstructionWeekOnline rounds up what key leaders from the Dubai Water Canal's development team said about the project at its launch

Dubai's Ruler took the first boat ride along the Canal. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Dubai's Ruler took the first boat ride along the Canal. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding
Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, chairman and CEO of Meydan Group
Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, chairman and CEO of Meydan Group

Dubai's business community commended the development of the $1.1bn (AED3.7bn) Dubai Water Canal, which was inaugurated in the emirate on 9 November.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, officially opened the 12km project that links Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf.

The Ruler also took the first boat ride along the Canal. 

Dubai Holding implemented the first phase of the project, which cost $272.2m (AED1bn) and extends 9km from the Ras Al Khor area through Business Bay to Sheikh Zayed Road. 

The second phase of the project, implemented by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), cost $735.1m (AED2.7bn) and spans 3.2km, featuring 6.4km of waterfront.

The following pages outline what key business leaders from Dubai had to say about the Canal at its launch. 

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

"Today, as the Dubai Creek flows into the Arabian Gulf, we celebrate the Canal, an architectural, commercial, and geographical triumph," Dubai's Ruler said in a series of tweets

"We celebrate a journey that began with Sheikh Rashid in 1959. A new phase of Dubai’s life is here, wrapped by the warmth of the Gulf waters. The Canal is not just an architectural accomplishment, but also a triumph of our heritage, history, and heart.

"Thank you to the dedicated team; to the RTA, Dubai Holding, Meraas and Meydan. Our belief in you grows every day." 

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)

"Thanks to the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed, the project has been delivered on the prescribed time limit," Al Tayer said, according to Dubai Media Office

"The Dubai Water Canal is one of the shrewd ideas of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to add a unique tourist and commercial landmark that offers a new style of living in Dubai city.

"The project is a dream that has come true of Dubai builder the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, to deepen the Dubai Creek," he added. 

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding

Al Gergawi said the Dubai Water Canal is a "source of pride" for the development company.

According to Dubai Media Office, he added that "Dubai Holding is committed to the role assigned to it in implementing quality projects that are part of the vision of the UAE leadership for ensuring a bright future for the country and consolidating Dubai’s position as one of the world’s most advanced cities".

The Canal will "help achieve the development objectives set by Dubai Plan 2021", Al Gergawi added.

Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, chairman and CEO of Meydan Group 

"The Dubai Water Canal extends the historical heart of Dubai’s trading zone the Dubai Creek and reconnects the Arabian Gulf," Al Tayer said.

"It is an important milestone that will enhance the lives of the residents and visitors. This landmark project realises the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum... to create a fabric of social networks and family friendly oriented developments.

"The project will improve the overall connectivity of the city and stiches together the old and the new, further strengthening Dubai as a global centre for tourism, leisure and trade," Al Tayer added. 

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