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Dubai Water Canal

Inspired by the likes of San Francisco base on Golden Gate Bridge, the Dubai Canal Bridge can be considered as its chic doppelganger with the usual panache all of Dubai’s attractions portray. So what makes it stand out from all the other bridges?

Apart from splitting in the middle to make way for watercrafts, it has an electrically controlled waterfall that stops when the bridge is being lifted. The bridge which is an extension of the Sheikh Zayed Road spans across a 9-kilometer long waterway that joins up with the sea. Dubai Water Canal and its banks cannot be judged by its appearance as there is more to it than the eyes can see. So now let us move on to the ‘what, where, when, how and why’ of Dubai Water Canal.

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Dubai Water Canal comes with a 6.4-kilometer long waterfront that has its fate set to be another commercial and tourism hub with roughly 5000 residential units and 960 hotel rooms. Apart from that, it will also be the grounds for a uniquely shaped retail mall with a green park at its roof. At the Business Bay side of the canal, developments are on way for a contender of Dubai Marina.

Whereas on the other end of the Jumeirah beach park side, there will be an extension providing a larger area of sandy beach. Being six meters deep and 120 meters wide, the canal has enough space for water transport to happen. The canal has five pedestrian bridges that allow pedestrians to admire the gorgeous view and the movement of all the boats.

In simple, the canal is projected to tick the three requirements Dubai checks out environment-friendly by improving water quality, tourist love by having a range of recreational activities and economy boosting by portraying a better infrastructure to be able to host events of an International forte.

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The canal winds its way through the Business Bay, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah Road all the way up to the Dubai Sea.


This interesting attraction was open to the public on the 9th of November 2016 with a glamorous firework show. It is now open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days week. The attraction is free to see if you get there by foot. However, if you travel by car then you are required to pay the Parking fee.

Don’t even consider parking somewhere where you shouldn’t and get fined in the process. Instead, choose to park at one of the many allocated parking spots under the Sheikh Zayed Road. Make things easier and save the number code so that you can pay for your parking via SMS.

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Being a large attraction that attracts tourists, expats and locals many are still wondering how to get to the canal. Here is how you can get to the Dubai Water Canal.

By Car

Keep to the side of the road that leads you to the Dubai World Trade Centre. Before you get to the elevated highway, you will come across an exit next to the St. Regis hotel in Al Habtoor City. Take the exit and keep going until you reach a parking lot. You are now beneath Sheikh Zayed Road. Park your car and head worry free to enjoy the sight. Parking fees apply.

By Metro

If you are traveling on a budget, there is no better option than the metro service. It is comfortable, cost-friendly and easy. Take the metro to UAE Exchange MS and get off at the Business Bay stop. Cross the bridge and walk towards the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. Once you reach the walkway, there will be an elevator that will take you to the core of the canal.

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Here are a few reasons why you definitely will stay longer at the Dubai Water Canal making it an awesome place to be.

Charging stations at every lamp post

Yes, you heard right. Charging stations for your phones, laptops and tablets are ideally positioned at every lamp post.  These ports protrude off the lamp post making it easier to see. They even have tables fixed for you to plug in and enjoy the wonderful view until your device is ready to go. Now you don’t have to worry about your phone going dead while you are taking photos for the perfect instagram pic.

Environment-friendly street lights

The baby steps Dubai has taken to reach the environment-friendly city Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum has envisioned. The street lights run on solar power that is harnessed during the day reducing the consumption of electricity.

The Golden Gate Bridge of the Middle East is definitely a place that shouldn’t be missed. Here are a few activities that can be done to truly enjoy all that the Dubai Water Canal has to offer.

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Dubai Ferry, Water Taxi and Abra rides in Water Canal

For all of you who wished to see the entire Dubai from water, this is the perfect activity for you.

The Dubai Ferry will operate 3 trips on a daily basis, spaced at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 05:30 PM

The Water Taxi will operate every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 PM

Abra rides are provided on weekdays from 04:30 PM to 11:00 PM

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Abra Cruise in Water Canal

Enjoy all the marvelous sights lining the canal. Feast your eyes on the Burj Khalifa, the Festival City Mall and so many other attractions for an affordable price. Find out more by heading to our Abra Water Canal Cruise by clicking here.

Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai Water Canal

Enjoy a host of traditional Emirati entertainment while being cocooned in luxury. Admire all the sights and capture the memories along the Dubai Water Canal. Read more about our tour here.

Carol Neilon

Our living exposure here has helped us to gather up-to-date knowledge of happenings in UAE and we've guided many visitors for memorable holidays.