Dubai Water Canal, which was opened on Wednesday, iis expected to attract more than 30 million visitors per annum, according to Roads and Transport Authority.
“The canal will have several positive environmental effects in improving the quality of water of the entire waterway (Creek, Business Bay and the Water Canal) by 33 percent,” Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, RTA, said.
The canal will increase the international competitiveness of Dubai, and appreciate the value of land in its proximity, he said, adding that it will provide an additional opportunity to enhance the role of marine transport in serving tourist, commercial and residential activities in the neighbourhood.
The number of riders using marine transit modes ferrying the canal is expected to top one million per annum by 2020, and the number of riders will increase to four million by 2030, Al Tayer said.
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