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$545m Dubai Canal project making good progress, says RTA chief

Transport boss Mattar Al Tayer says phase 1 now 40% complete; work also underways on phases 2 and 3

$545m Dubai Canal project making good progress, says RTA chief

The first phase of the $545 million Dubai Canal Project is now 40 percent complete, with work also progressing on phases two and three, a senior official said on Saturday.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) extended his "sincere thanks" to residents and road users in areas impacted by major traffic diversion works required for the construction to take place.

Construction of the Dubai Water Canal project will be split in three contracts - the first comprising the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road consisting of eight lanes in each direction.

The second contract includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads spanning three lanes on the Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction, in addition to a flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The third contract encompasses the drilling of a 3.2km-long canal, landfilling works of the island, constructing a sea wall around the island to prepare the sand beach, building a marina for boats and the water bus, and constructing three pedestrian bridges above the canal to link the Jumeirah Beach Walk with Safa Park Walk.

Construction work is scheduled to finish by the end of September 2016.

Al Tayer said that as well as good progress on phase one, the completion rate on the second phase had reached 25 percent while phase three was 15 percent completed.

"The Dubai Water Canal, a modern, unique, commercial and tourist destination project, will add further glamour to Dubai city and offer a new lifestyle experience in the heart of it and at both banks of the Canal," he said.

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