HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inspected the progress of work on the Dubai Water Canal linking Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf in a 3km route passing through the heart of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed inspected the excavation works completed so far and bridges constructed on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road. The project completion rate has so far reached 61 percent.

Upon arrival at the project site near Al Safa Park, Sheikh Mohammed was received by Director General of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al Tayer and several directors and engineers.

The progress of the project included the completion of the construction of the northern bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi to Dubai. The bridge, which extends 1km, comprises eight lanes. Construction work for the southern bridge in the direction of Dubai to Abu Dhabi will start in the next few days.

Al Tayer said: “Work on the Dubai Water Canal Project is progressing according to the approved timeline and the completion rate of the project has so far touched 61 percent, while completion rate of bridges on the Sheikh Zayed Road has topped 70 percent. Construction works for the project are expected to be completed next August.”

The completion rate of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads have reached 67 per cent and are expected to be opened by the end of July this year. The completion rate of the excavation works for the canal has reached 52 percent and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016.

Sheikh Mohammed reviewed designs and models of three pedestrian bridges to be constructed on the Dubai Water Canal, along with the design options for a walkway, running track, patios featuring interactive screens, sitting areas overlooking the canal and landscaping works.

The Walk of the Dubai Water Canal will be linked with the running track and the Walk of the Jumeirah Corniche, extending 7km.

The designs of smart lighting poles, which can be controlled via an app, were also reviewed. A total of 37 poles have been installed in the northern bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road, along with lighting fixtures on the footpath.


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