His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has endorsed the extension of the Business Bay Canal Project, costing Dh1.5b.
The Business Bay canal will be extended from the Business Bay area from Shaikh Zayed Road to the Arabian sea, passing through Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah 2. The project will be completed within two years.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: "The extension of the Business Bay Canal is one of the key strategic projects undertaken by the RTA and encompasses the extension of the water canal from the Business Bay up to the Arabian Gulf in a waterway stretching 2.8km in length and width ranging from 80 to 100 meters."
"The canal crosses Shaikh Zayed Road (before the Al Safa Interchange) and passes across the Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, and Jumeirah 2 to terminate at the Arabian Gulf," Al Tayer said.
The RTA will use the soil-cement method to construct the banks of the canal; an innovative engineering solution that adds aesthetic appearance to the canal and the surroundings.
This canal will ensure the replenishment of water supplies in the entire Business Bay Canal automatically without any need for pumps.
"Due to the enormity of the project scale, and the need to expedite construction works, the project has been divided into three contracts. The first covers drilling and landscaping works as well as the construction of marine transit stations. The other two contracts relate to road and bridge projects, and the project is set for completion early 2015," Al Tayer said.