Main Dubai Water Canal contract awarded

Dh802m contract is for construction of canal, footbridges and marine transit stations

RTA has awarded the Dh802 million contract for Phase III of the Dubai Water Canal Project. The work will start as early as June this year, and is set for completion by end-September 2016.

Layout of the Dubai Water Canal (SUPPLIED)

Phase III comprises the construction of a water canal linking the Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf extending from Sheikh Zayed Road, passing across Al Safa Park and Jumeirah 2, and terminating at the Arabian Gulf near the southern end of the Jumeirah Beach Park.

The cost of this phase totals Dh802m, thus bringing the total cost of the three phases of the Dubai Water Canal project to Dh1.766 billion.

Layout of the Dubai Water Canal (SUPPLIED)

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said, “Phase III has been awarded to Belhasa Six Construct Co. It covers drilling the water canal, constructing sides of the canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the canal, and constructing four marine transit stations to boost the role of marine transport as a convenient and effective transit means, particularly after the completion of the construction of a number of islands in the Arabian Gulf such as The World Islands, and Jumeirah 2 Islands.”

“Phase III also includes filling works to construct an artificial peninsula across the Jumeirah Park, which will double the length of the park beach, increase the area of the park, and offer a room for adding more recreational activities,” he added.

Layout of the Dubai Water Canal (SUPPLIED)

“The Dh580 million Phase I comprises the construction of a bridge of 8 lanes in each direction on the Sheikh Zayed Road above the course of the Canal in a way allowing free navigation round-the-clock, and the modification of lanes of impacted roads to ensure integrated traffic movement between the two shores of the Canal,”said Al Tayer.

“Phase II, costing about Dh384 million, includes constructing bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads across the Water Canal allowing the passage of yachts up to 8.5 meters high. It also includes the construction of a free multi-tier interchange to link the traffic movement between Al Wasl, Al Hadiqa and Al Athar Roads to ensure smooth traffic flow after the completion of the project to replace the existing light signals. The contract also includes construction of bridges linking with the proposed peninsula to the south of the Jumeirah Park, shifting utility lines via conduits passing beneath the Canal, and the providing spare ducts for services under the Canal to meet anticipated future needs,” elaborated Al Tayer.

Layout of the Dubai Water Canal (SUPPLIED)

The company undertaking construction of the initial phase of the Dubai Water Canal Project will start works on the traffic diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction from Dubai to Abu Dhabi next July and the traffic movement will be diverted starting from October 25.


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