Six Construct completes Dubai Water Canal works
The Dubai Water Canal included the construction of the Dubai Creek extension as a fully navigable channel from the Dubai Creek at Al Ras to Jumeirah, through the Business Bay development
Global contractor Besix has announced the successful completion of the Dubai Water Canal in Business Bay by its local entity, Belhasa Six Construct.
The Dubai Water Canal project included the construction of the Dubai Creek extension as a fully navigable channel from the Dubai Creek at Al Ras to Jumeirah, through the Business Bay development.
The project required the diversion of existing utilities and key services, which occurred in parallel with the removal of earth bunds within the Business Bay section of the canal, and dredging up of the canal bed to reach the level of four to six metres, thereby allowing construction of the remaining sections of quay wall.
Pierre Sironval, managing director of Besix/Six Construct, said: “3.2 million cubic metres of soil were dredged for the canal and 15,000 concrete blocks of 40 tonnes each were used to fortify the banks over a total length of 15 kilometres.
"The main challenge of the project was hence the diversion of the underground services in order for the excavation and construction of the three kilometre long canal to proceed smoothly. In addition, the installation of three sculptural pedestrian bridges in a record period was a fantastic achievement and we are proud to have contributed to this historical project in the UAE.”
Sironval continued: “During the construction process, we had to be extremely vigilant and careful while working on the Dubai Canal, as it cut through a high-profile residential area, as well as some of the city’s main traffic arteries such as Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah Beach Road, and Sheikh Zayed Road.
"To minimise the impact on the day-to-day traffic and the wellbeing of the local residents, the engineers tailored their planning and methods of execution to make sure they caused the minimum amount of disturbance, and ensured that everything was orchestrated along with the RTA to run as smoothly as possible.”
The canal’s width ranges from 80 to 120 meters. Various bridges were built at a height that will allow luxury yachts and other boats to pass underneath, and the canal culminates at an artificial crescent-shaped island along Jumeirah Park.
Treatment of existing hyper-saline water impounded within the lagoons of Business Bay were also implemented by diluting the existing water and discharging it back into the sea through a three kilometre long pipeline, and re-flooding the canal after the completion of the works.
In addition, the project includes the installation of four water taxi stations, starting from the Creek right up to Business Bay and Jumeirah. The existing natural park at the Creek was kept untouched, thereby avoiding the area where the flamingos are settled.