By Staff writer
Project is 61% complete, says transport authority during visit by Dubai ruler
The Dubai Water Canal project is more than half complete, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced, as it emerged that the scheme is to also comprise a three-storey shopping mall with rooftop park.
Official state news agency WAM reported that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited the construction site on Saturday and inspected the work completed to date.
Pedestrian bridges have been built on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road, with the latter two scheduled to open this summer and the third next July.
Sheikh Mohammed also reviewed designs and models for a 7 kilometre walkway – The Walk of Dubai Water Canal – running track, patios featuring interactive screens, sitting areas overlooking the canal, innovative lighting and landscaping works.
The development covers an area of more than 4 million square metres, including 605,000 square metres of commercial use, 5,345 residential units and 948 hotel rooms.
According to a report in Gulf News, the Gate Towers bridge at the entrance of the canal will comprise a three-level, 300,000 sq m shopping mall constructed above the canal, with 434 retail outlets and restaurants.
The roof of the mall has been designed as a park, the newspaper said, providing an optical connection between its greenery and that of Al Safa Park.
The project also comprises four residential towers linked to Al Safa Park and an additional 500 shops and restaurants on both sides of the canal.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and executive chairman of the RTA, said: “Work on the Dubai Water Canal Project is progressing according to the approved timeline and the completion rate of the project has so far touched 61 percent, while completion rate of bridges on the Sheikh Zayed Road has topped 70 percent. Construction works for the project are expected to be completed next August.”
He added: “The completion rate of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads have reached 67 percent and are expected to be opened by the end of July this year. The completion rate of the excavation works for the canal has reached 52 percent and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016.”