Mohammed bin Rashid endorses extension of Business Bay Canal Project, costing Dhs1.5bn
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, October 06 - 2012 at 16:30
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed the extension of the Business Bay Canal Project, including modifications of roads and bridges required for extending the water canal from Sheikh Zayed Road up to the Arabian Gulf. HH also directed to have the project completed in two years.
Al Tayer said, "RTA will use the Soil-Cement method to construct the banks of the Canal; an innovative engineering solution that adds aesthetic appearance to the Canal and the surroundings. This Canal will ensure the replenishment of water supplies in the entire Business Bay Canal automatically without any need for pumps."
"The estimated cost of the Project is Dhs1.5bn and due to the enormity of the project scale, and the need to expedite construction works, the project has been divided into three contracts. The first covers drilling and landscaping works as well as the construction of marine transit stations. The other two contracts relate to road and bridge projects, and the project is set for completion early 2015," stated Al Tayer.
"The Project warrants the construction of bridges across the water canal rising 8.5 meters at the key intersecting roads i.e. Sheikh Zayed Road (6 lanes in each direction), in addition to Al Wasl Road Road and Jumeirah Road (3 lanes in each direction in both roads). These bridges will allow free marine navigation in the Canal 24 hours a day, and marine transit stations will be constructed along the water canal to ease the mobility of the public and encourage the use of mass and tourist marine transit system," he added.
"The RTA will carry out several improvements on the key roads intersecting the Canal as well as the surrounding areas such as Jumeirah and Al Safa neighbourhood including the construction of roads alongside the Canal to assist the mobility between those districts. As for pedestrians, a free and safe movement will be provided through constructing 3 pedestrian bridges across the Canal in addition to footpaths on all the new main bridges passing over the Canal. Moreover, tracks dedicated to practicing light sports, such as jogging and cycling, will be constructed along both sides of the Canal. Landscaping works will also be made in both sides of the Canal including greens, benches, public relaxation areas, and various other facilities and tourist-oriented projects," Al Tayer pointed out.
"The water Canal will generate a plethora of business and investment opportunities including the possibility of utilizing it to harbor floating hotels, constructing hotels and restaurants on both sides in addition to the introduction of integrated tourist and recreational facilities in Al Safa Park. The project will add a fresh urban and tourist landmark to the Emirate landscape; which will boost the odds of Dubai bid for winning the hosting of Expo 2020," he concluded.
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