Dubai Water Canal is the city’s newest attraction!!!
See a city in the midst of one of the world’s greatest urban transformations as it launches the Dubai Water Canal, a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay. Along its waterfront, the W Hotel, the St Regis and a whole range of new lifestyle precincts. The new path effectively turns a significant part of the emirate into an island.
The Canal itself is a sight to behold. The 3.2km extension ranges 80 to 120m in width and cuts through Dubai’s main artery, the Sheikh Zayed Road, across Safa Park and into the residential Jumeirah district, connecting with the Arabian Gulf. This adds 6.4km of waterfront to the emirate and creates 80,000 sqm for public space and facilities, plus a 3km running track and 12km cycling path.
There is also a mechanical waterfall, where the Canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge. This motion-operated water wonder pumps water through the bridge in a constant flow, visible from the promenade, and can be switched off when a sensor detects a boat nearby. Five pedestrian bridges are also available, three across the Canal, allowing visitors to cross at key points, take in the stunning vistas and observe the passage of water vessels below.
Despite the Canal being an attractive eyeful, there is more than meets the eye and we head out to the Dubai Canal to discover some interesting facts about its construction as well as some nuggets of knowledge you should know before ever going there.
5 Things you should knw about Dubai Water Canal
Charging stations are EVERYWHERE
So you go to the Canal and obviously enjoy the marvelous view, take some photos but no! You run out of batteries, worry not, the Canal has charging stations around the vicinity and you can usually identify them by the black plastic looking protrusions on some of the lampposts, they even have a small table so you can put down your phone and enjoy the waterfalls on the side of Shaikh Zayed Road.
Streetlights in the Canal are solar-powered
As part of the sustainable city envisioned by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the streetlamps around the Canal are powered by solar panels to reduce the dependency on electricity.
Parking underneath Shaikh Zayed Road is PAID
Save yourself a couple of dirhams and avoid being fined by getting a parking ticket from one of the machines around the car park underneath Shaikh Zayed Road. There’s even a number code already if you prefer paying for parking thru SMS.
The waterfalls start around 8:00pm and end at 10:00pm
You haven’t been to the Canal if you haven’t seen the water cascade along the sides of Shaikh Zayed Road. That being said, the best time to visit the Canal are between 8-10pm when the water starts flowing. Bonus Fun Fact: If any water transport passes through the waterfall, the water ‘opens up’ and makes way for the craft.
One of the bridges on the Canal is inspired by
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge in question is the one with the blue arc where cyclists can also cross. People can still walk on it, but one might feel a slight shake on the ground here and there, this is because the bridge is supported by suspension cables to keep it up.