Dubai Water Canal

Why you need to check out one of Dubai's most unique attractions

20 Dec 2018, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides

Dubai Water Canal

The Middle Eastern city of Dubai never fails to mesmerize its residents and visitors. Be it the world's tallest tower of Burj Khalifa, the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, the world's biggest shopping mall of Dubai Mall, or the 7-star hotel of Burj Al Arab, Dubai defines vibrancy. One of the latest addition to the city's attractions is none other than the Dubai Water Canal.

The artificial canal was inaugurated on 9th November 2016. The 3.2 km long waterway initiates its way from the Creek in old Dubai and meets the Arabian Gulf through the commercial district of Business Bay.

One of the most expensive and environment-friendly projects that the city has on offer, Dubai Canal, features streetlights that are completely solar-powered. Besides being a source of great attraction, the Canal also provides excellent connectivity within the city, offering modes of transportation like boats, ferries, Arabic Dhows, abras and yachts. 

The three distinctive parts that the Dubai Canal is divided into are The Water Network, The Green Network and The Public Realm. The Water Network features three water bodies, the canal, the Arabian Gulf coastline and the Crystal Lagoon in Safa Park. The Green Network, on the other hand, connects the Safa Park and the Jumeirah Beach Park and offers great leisure experiences. 

The Public Realm is the development that surrounds the canal and hosts of eateries, retail stores and sitting areas. The wide range of facilities that adds up to the charm of Dubai Canal includes five pedestrian bridges with three of them connecting both sides of the canal. The bridges are ideal for a morning walk or an evening stroll, with one of them even featuring a concrete slope for cyclists to use. There also footpaths, running tracks, cycling lanes, sitting areas, smart charging stations and elevators on both sides that the visitors can take advantage of.

Dubai Water Canal

Adding further beauty to the Dubai Canal is the mechanical waterfall, where the canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge. It is motioned-operated and pumps water through the bridge in a constant flow that is visible from the promenade. The waterfall gets switched off when its sensor detects a boat or any other water transport nearby.

The area that surrounds the canal is expecting a massive urban development that will feature more than 5,000 residential units and almost 960 hotel rooms. A man-made peninsula at the end of the canal will serve as an extension of Jumeirah Beach Park, adding one kilometre of sandy beach with increased recreational activity space in the area. We can't wait to see it develop further in the coming years!