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Dubai Water Canal
Updated: 25th June, 2022

Dubai Water Canal

The 3.2-kilometre canal connecting Dubai Creek to the sea. Surrounding areas include residential, hospitality and leisure projects.
Dubai Water Canal
Dubai Water Canal is a sub-community of Jumeirah, Dubai.
Construction began in 2015 and was completed by November 2016.
Key dates
Construction began in 2015 and was completed by November 2016.
Master developer
The master developer is Meraas Holding.
The architect
The architect of the project was AE7.
Amenities include a running track, cycle paths and landscaped walkways.
The project was launched in October 2013. Construction began in 2015 and was completed by November 2016.
Additional information
  • In June 2021 the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced plans to link the cycle track at Dubai Water Canal with a 16-kilometre-long cycling track alongside Jumeirah Beach.


Dubai Water Canal was constructed between 2013 and 2017 at a cost of Dh2 billion in the Jumeirah area of Dubai. The 3.2-kilometre canal connects Dubai Creek to the sea via Business Bay, effectively turning Bur Dubai, Jumeirah 1 and Downtown Dubai into an island.

Part of the canal runs through Safa Park, separating Al Wasl from Al Safa, and continues to the sea between the Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah 3 districts.

The Dubai Water Canal development was undertaken by Meraas and Meydan, both government owned developers. In addition to the canal the surrounding areas are being redeveloped with various residential, hospitality and leisure projects.

Dubai Gate Tower

Alongside Sheikh Zayed Road the canal will be bridged by the Dubai Gate Tower, a pair of skyscrapers on either side of the canal connected at the top by a sky bridge. It will contain a mix of residential apartments and hotel suites.

Safa Park Redevelopment

Safa Park will have additional residential projects - low-rise buildings on the Al Wasl side and high-rise buildings on both the Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah Beach sides.


There are three sub-communities in Dubai Water Canal. Learn more in the following guides.

Dubai Water Canal Location

The map below shows the location of Dubai Water Canal and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Boxpark, 1.4 km
Dubai Bowling Center, 1.7 km
Bay Avenue Mall & Park, 2.0 km
Parks & beaches
Safa Park, 0.3 km
Action Park Business Bay, 2.0 km
Bay Avenue Park, 2.1 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 7.1 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 7.6 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 10.9 km
Roxy Box Park Cinema, 1.2 km
Vox Galleria Mall, 2.3 km
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 2.7 km

Local Schools

Dubai Water Canal has many schools nearby including Horizon English School Dubai at 0.4 km and JSS Private School LLC at 0.6 km.

In terms of performance there are seven schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Horizon English School Dubai which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Jumeirah English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Horizon English School Dubai
0.4 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British
JSS Private School LLC
0.6 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Jumeirah English Speaking School
0.9 km, Al Safa
AED 48,000  •  British
Japanese School Dubai
0.9 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Dubai Water Canal.

Muchachas, Holiday Inn Express Safa Park • Ladies Night • Muchachas Dubai (0.8 km)
The Rose and Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City • Ladies Night • Rose and Crown (0.9 km)
Mexican Saturday Brunch At Muchachas, Holiday Inn Express Safa Park • Muchachas Dubai (0.8 km)
Senoritas Y Margaritas at ZOCO
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
ZOCO (0.9 km)
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Haveli Dubai (0.9 km)
V Lounge
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
V Lounge (0.9 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Le Patio (0.9 km)
Arriba Arriba Saturday Brunch
Brunch • The Atrium at Al Habtoor City
ZOCO (0.9 km)
Raise The Steaks Brunch
Brunch • Habtoor Palace Dubai
World Cut Steakhouse (0.9 km)
Let's Babiole Brunch
Brunch • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Babiole Dubai (0.9 km)
44 Kool Brunch
Brunch • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
The 44 Sports Bar (0.9 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubai Water Canal.

Business Bay
Business Bay (2.1 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
City Walk
City Walk (2.5 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai (2.9 km)
A huge residential and commercial development. Home to Dubai landmarks - Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (4.4 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (4.5 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
La Mer by Meraas
La Mer by Meraas (4.8 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Umm Suqeim
Umm Suqeim (6.2 km)
Expatriates and Emiratis live side-by-side in this older, more established area. It's even peaceful once you get off the beaten track.
Read more
The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (6.3 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
Read more
Dubai Water Canal Milestones
Date Launched
October 2013
Construction Started
Date Completed
November 2016
Companies Associated with Dubai Water Canal
Master Developer: Meraas Holding
Master Developer: Meydan Group
Masterplanning Consultant: AE7


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Dubai Water Canal.

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for Dubai Water Canal.

Projects often go though a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

Dubai Water Canal History

The first phase of the Dubai Canal, a 9km extension of the Dubai Creek from Ras Al Khor through Business Bay to Sheikh Zayed Road, was launched in January 2005 and completed at the end of 2007.

The final 6km stretch of the canal was put on hold owing to the global financial crisis of 2008-9 and not begun until 2014. It was inaugurated in November2016.

The majority of the work on the new portion of the canal was undertaken by Belgian contractor BESIX, through its local venture Belhasa Six Construct, in two main packages of work. The first involved diverting all the underground utilities and carrying out canal excavation while three road bridges over the canal crossings, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road, werebeing completed.

The second package involved treating the water in Business Bay, which had become stagnant and over salinated since 2007, before releasing it safely back into the sea. The over salinated water was pumped from the Business Bay lagoon to a mixing basin near a newly created peninsula at Jumeirah where it was blended with seawater to reduce the salinity before being discharged into the sea. This process took two months plus another month to pump normal seawater back into the lagoon.

The road bridges were completed between April and July 2016 allowing the land below the bridges to be excavated before the canal was finally connected to the sea.

The quay walls were made using precast concrete blocks weighing 40 to 50 tonnes each. Every night during the construction period 30 to 50 blocks at a time were made in a special facility in Warsan.

There is a ten metre wide promenade either side of the canal beyond which the land can be safely excavated for construction of buildings alongside the canal.

The three pedestrian bridges and the canal promenades were constructed during the six months before the canal was inaugurated.

The Dubai Canal is 3.2 km long, 80m to 120m wide and 4m deep. There are three road bridges and three pedestrian bridges crossing it. At Jumeirah, 250,000 sq m of land has been reclaimed from the sea, on which an 800m new beach has been created. The project involved 2.8 million cubic metres of excavation, and the production of 9,400 concrete blocks.

Construction History

See the development of Dubai Water Canal in photos.

The canal opened on 9th November 2016 after three years’ of excavation and construction. 

In July 2016 the third road bridge over the Canal, the Jumeirah Bridge, was opened as part of Phase II of the project. The bridge carries three lanes in each direction and clears the Canal by 8.5 metres to allow shipping to navigate the waters around the clock.

Two other road bridges spanning the Canal were opened earlier in the year. The 800-metre southern bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi carries eight lanes in each direction, and the Al Wasl Bridge carries five lanes, three in the direction of Dubai, and two in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

Foot bridges have been built at different locations, including a suspension bridge with a huge arch built above the canal.

Here are some construction statistics according to the Dubai RTA:

  • 150,000 tons of cement used
  • 4,650 workers
  • 20 million hours worked
  • 25,000 tons of reinforcement steel used
  • 7,800 million litres of water held in the canal
  • 80-120 metres canal width
  • 5 pedestrian bridges
  • 5 marine transport stations (Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Jumeirah and Dubai Canal)
  • 3.2km canal length
  • 3 road bridges
  • 3 million square metres of sand extracted

Dubai Water Canal Buildings

We currently maintain records for 14 building developments in Dubai Water Canal.

The Gate Tower
online_prediction Envisioned
Safa Park Towers
architecture Planned
Canal Front Residence 5
construction Under development
Canal Front Residence 6
construction Under development
Canal Front Residence 7
construction Under development
Canal Front Residence 8
construction Under development
Canal Front Residence 9
construction Under development
Canal Front Residence 10
construction Under development
Mr. C Residences Jumeirah
construction Under development
Canal Views North Building 1
construction Under development
Canal Views North Building 2
construction Under development
Canal Views North Building 3
construction Under development
The Four Seasons Private Residences Dubai
construction Under development

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