By Staff www.emirates247.com
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspected the progress of work on the Dubai Water Canal linking the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf in a 3-kilometre route passing through the heart of Dubai.
Upon arrival at the project site near Al Safa Park, Sheikh Mohammed was received by Director General and Chairman of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al Tayer; Chairman of Meydan Group Saeed Humaid Al Tayer; and several directors and engineers.
At the start of the tour, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Al Tayer on the progress of the project which included the completion of the construction of the northern bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. The bridge, which extends one kilometre, comprises eight lanes.
Construction works for the southern bridge in the direction from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will commence in a few days after diverting traffic to the northern bridge in order to make way for the remaining excavation works of the canal underneath the bridges on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Providing further detail on the project works Al Tayer 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 per cent, while completion rate of bridges on the Sheikh Zayed Road has topped 70 per cent.
“Construction works for the project are expected to be completed next August. The completion rate of bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads have reached 67 per cent 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 per cent and drilling works are set for completion by the end of September 2016.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed reviewed designs and models of three pedestrian bridges to be constructed on the Dubai Water Canal, along with the design options for a walkway, running track, patios featuring interactive screens, sitting areas overlooking the Canal, state-of-the-art innovative lighting, and landscaping works.
The Walk of the Dubai Water Canal will be linked with the running track and the Walk of the Jumeirah Corniche, extending 7 kilometres. More info