On the 9th of November, the Dubai Water Canal has officially been opened to the public.
The project consists of the last 3.2 km-long section of the canal that water-locks the Business Bay area and makes an island of it. It is an outdoor attraction of 80.000 sqm including walkways and jogging tracks, a 12 km-long of cycling track as well as a brand-new water taxi service will offer a different panoramic view of the city. Previsions suggest that this new attraction will bring more than 30 million visitors per year. Beside the aesthetic impact, the project also has important environmental benefits. By increasing the flow of water, the quality will improve by 33 percent and, at the same time, it will moderate the temperature.
The entire project involved more than 60 subcontractors and 4.600 workers from all over the world. Maeg was chosen to build the three uniquely designed pedestrian bridges crossing the water canal: Footbridge 1 is 120 m long and supported by a cable system and by two steel antennas; Footbridge 2 has an S-shaped deck, 205 m long and suspended by an arch rising 50 m; Footbridge 3 is a twisted steel bracket. Three stunning and ambitious designs that characterize the new landscape of the city.
Activities officially began in October 2013, and three years later, the opening takes place in true Dubai-style; fireworks and laser beams in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, as well as Ruler of Dubai.