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Dubai leader endorses 2.8km canal extension

8 Oct 12 The ruler of Dubai has endorsed a AED1.5bn (£250m) project to extend the Business Bay canal, including modifications of roads and bridges.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has directed that the project should be completed in two years.

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) director HE Mattar Al Tayer said that the extension of the Business Bay canal is one of the RTA’s key strategic projects. It 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 in width ranging from 80m to 100m. 

The project’s scale and the need to expedite construction works means that the worl 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.

The water canal is intended to generate many business and investment opportunities, including the possibility of using it to harbour floating hotels in addition to hotels and restaurants on both sides as well as other tourist and recreational facilities in Al Safa Park. The RTA hopes that it will boost the odds of Dubai winning the bid to host Expo 2020.                    

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