By Elsa Baxter
The 63.5km-long canal is set to be completed by the end of June 2010, official says.
Abu Dhabi-based National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has been awarded an AED1.5bn ($408m) contract to build the Mussafah canal.
The 63.5km-long canal is central to the development of Mussafah Industrial City and is set to be completed by the end of June 2010, the official news agency WAM reported on Sunday.
"The project entails dredging of 65 million cubic meters of soil, using the latest cutting and suction dredgers. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2010," NMDC's chairman Mohammed Thani Murshid Al Rumaithi said.
He said the canal will be 200 metres wide and nine metres deep.
The contract was awarded by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).