Dubai Canal: Phase 3 to link Creek with Gulf under way

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Work on the Dh802 million Phase 3 of the Dubai Canal project begins as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) steps up efforts to extend the Creek.

Phases one and two of the Dh1.76 billion project, that involves building three bridges apart from developing the canal, are already in progress simultaneously.

The Dh580 million Phase 1, contracted to Turkish firms Mapa and Gunal, includes construction of a 16-lane flyover on Shaikh Zayed Road under which the canal will flow, began early this year.

Currently, work on tracking and diversion of utility lines of water, electricity, sewage and telecom is under way, following which traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road will be diverted to make way for the construction of the flyover.

The Dh384 million phase 2, being undertaken by China State Corporation, involves construction of six-lane bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads.

The prestigious development, which was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in October 2013, will see the extension of Dubai Creek by 3 kilometres, turning Bur Dubai into an island ringed by the Creek on three sides and the Arabian Sea on the fourth. More info