Dubai Water Canal
Dubai can only be described as a city in the midst of the greatest urban transformation our world has ever seen. The latest or one of the latest feathers in Dubai’s architectural cap is the

Dubai Water Canal

, a 3.2 km long waterway, recently completed at the cost of AED 2.7 billion. The world held its breath again, watching Dubai complete and unveil the much-anticipated Dubai Canal. Dubai Water Canal

We’re glad to say that it’s well-justified anticipation – the Water Canal in Dubai is as magnificent as promised. Here’s everything you want to know about it!

What is the Dubai Water Canal Like?

The Dubai Water Canal is a sight to behold; it stretches boldly for 3.2 kilometers, cutting through Dubai’s main artery, the Sheikh Zayed Road. Ranging in width from 80 to 120 meters, the canal cuts across Safa Park and plunges into the residential Jumeirah district. From there it pours into the Arabian Gulf, where it completes its journey. Along the Dubai, Canal is the 12-kilometer-long Marais Business Bay Promenade, which provides lots of space to walk, skate and enjoy other leisure activities.

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All About the Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal Cruise Timings

Dubai water canal is open twenty-four hours and for the travelers there are daily trips of the ferry from 10am, 12.00 am, and 5:40 pm starting from Jaddaf Marine Station. If you want to see the Dubai water canal waterfall, the timing is between 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

How to Reach Dubai Water Canal

You can reach the Dubai Water canal both by car or by the metro. While the metro will be the most convenient way.

  • My Metro

All you have to do is take the red line and hop off at the Business Bay metro station. Walk towards the Sheikh Zayed Road and just past the bridge, you’ll see a pathway taking you straight to the Dubai Water Canal.

  • By Car

Travel on the Sheikh Zayed Road towards the Dubai world trade center. Take the exit beside St. Regis hotel towards the Sheikh Zayed bridge. You can park your car there and head towards the canal.

Dubai Water Canal Cruise Tickets

Dubai water canal cruise tickets vary from different providers. For the best rates check with us.

Dubai Water Canal Attractions

Dubai water canal hosts a range of astounding tourist attractions such as the Dubai Water canal waterfall, the Dubai water canal cruise, the Dubai water canal Abra ride and the Dubai canal Yacht cruise.

Best Things to Do at Dubai Water Canal

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One of the best experiences of the Dubai canal is the Dubai canal cruise. It is a relaxing experience the glitz of Dubai from a new perspective. Take a ride on the canal with Dubai cruise and enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour ride with a feisty three-course international dinner. Not just that, you get to enjoy Tanura dance show, puppet show, and much more at the cruise.

In What Way Does the Dubai Water Canal Benefit the City?

The canal has been diverted from the Dubai Creek in old Dubai, for the sole purpose of creating a waterfront arena within the city’s core. The project had added 6.4 kilometers of waterfront to Dubai, plus a 3-kilometer running track and 12 kilometers cycling path to the city. A space of 80,000 square meters has also been created for public space and facilities, including parking. Along the canal’s waterfront, several new lifestyle precincts are coming up, to add to the already existing W Hotel, St Regis.

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How Does the Canal Fit in With Dubai’s Aesthetics?

The canal links Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf, converting Downtown, Satwa, Oud Metha, Karama, Bur Dubai, and Zabeel into one huge island. Of course, this increases the real estate value of the space thus created, but that is neither here nor there. A lovely little mechanical waterfall has been put in place, at the point where the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge meets the canal. The waterfall is motion-operated – it pumps water through the bridge when no boats are passing under it. The waterfall turns off the moment a sensor detects a boat nearby. You can see the waterfall all the way from the new water canal promenade. Did you know that the waterfall lights up beautifully at night? Apart from the waterfall, five picturesque pedestrian bridges are in place. Three of the bridges are placed strategically so people can enjoy stunning vistas and watch boats pass by underneath. It’s rather like the bridges over the River Seine in Paris!

What are Further Plans for the Dubai Water Canal?

Dubai has several ambitious plans surrounding the new water canal.

  • Going by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority’s intent, the canal will be turned into an international-standard marine transport hub. There will be five stations capable of serving six million passengers annually.
  • The plan is to flank the Canal with several leisure and lifestyle buildings such as restaurants, malls, hotels, cafes, and entertainment areas.
  • There is to be a marina and a boardwalk, which will make the canal a hangout hotspot for locals and visitors.
  • The canal will become the centerpiece of a massive real estate development of the surrounding area. The plan is to construct 960 hotel rooms and more than 5,000 residential units.
  • Three separate districts are planned – the Gate Towers, Jumeirah, and the Peninsula. A three-level, 300,000 square meter mall will be built in one of these districts, containing over 400 retail outlets, with a park on the roof.
  • At the end of the canal, there are plans to construct a peninsula that will extend the Jumeirah Beach Park. This peninsula will add another kilometer of sandy beach to the area, increasing the location’s recreational potential.
  • Construction is already underway at the Business Bay end of the Canal, for waterfront district that will rival Dubai Marina.
  • There will also be a mall with a green park on its roof, facing Safa Park.
  • The Walk’ at Dubai Water Canal which will be 7 kilometers long is to connect with the Jumeirah Beach running track, creating a seamless track for joggers. Smart surveillance cameras with face-recognition technology will be set up everywhere to make the Walk absolutely safe at any time of the day and night.
  • The entire development will be endowed with a great deal of greenery, which is part of Dubai’s nature conservation program.
  • There will be a total of four residential towers overlooking Safa Park plus 211 residential units that will overlook the canal directly.
  • The newly-created peninsula area will have no less than 60 marinas, 957 five-star hotel rooms, 347 malls, plenty of restaurants and 1,817 residential units.

What’s the Current Status of the Dubai Water Canal Project?

  • The first phase of the development costing Dhs580 million is now completed. This phase includes the Canal’s watercourse and the bridges over Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • The second phase included two bridges on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road. These bridges will allow yachts of up to 8.5 meters in height to navigate the canal along these roads. Phase II also includes a multi-tier interchange that will link the traffic between Al Wasl, Al Hadiqa and Al Athar Roads. This phase which cost Dhs 384 million is nearing completion.
  • The third and final phase cost Dhs 802 million and includes digging and building the sides of the canal. The project aims to link Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf from Sheikh Zayed Road, through Al Safa Park and Jumeirah. The final phase also includes four marine transit stations, three pedestrian bridges and a manmade peninsula along Jumeirah Park. The final phase is still going on and will be completed shortly.

Facilities at the Dubai Water Canal

The Dubai Canal is well-equipped with everything a traveller may need. Situated in the middle of the busy road of Sheikh Zayed, you can find everything within a kilometre of your surroundings. Good food, drinks, and all retail shops are easily available.

Dress Code at the Dubai Water Canal

Dress casually just the way you’d dress up for any casual dinner. Avoid too skimpy clothes, Dubai although is quite modern as compared to its other conservative counterpart, try not to show too much skin, it’s not appreciated in Dubai. Any smart casuals for both women and men that make them comfortable should be fine.

Tips Before You Visit the Dubai Water Canal

  • The best way to best experience the Dubai canal is to definitely go for the Dhow cruise, Abra ride, and of course the yacht cruise.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the exclusive Dubai waterfall show that happens every day between 8:00pm and 10:00pm


July is the month given by the city for the completion of the monumental Dubai water canal project. Each bridge lane will be opened in phases, and all bridges will be in operation from July 21st. The Dubai water canal is Dubai’s most ambitious project to date, to rival the manmade Palm Islands.

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  • 13 thoughts on “Dubai Water Canal – Perfect Place to See Dubai’s Sights
    1. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      What is the best time to visit Dubai Water Canal?

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        Evenings are definitely the best time to visit Dubai Water Canal. There is a light breeze and the surrounding lights illuminate the place.

    2. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      I would love to go on a dhow cruise on Dubai Water Canal. I think it would be a wonderful experience.

    3. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      I and my daughter cycle along the Dubai Water Canal every Saturday. It is our favorite spot.

    4. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      My favorite about the Dubai Water Canal Cruise is the waterfall. It is so cool, especially the part where it stops for the dhow, abra, or yacht to pass.

    5. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      I went on a dhow cruise on Dubai Water Canal and had the best time in my life. The whole experience was fantastic.

    6. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      We enjoyed this latest attraction of Dubai and explored this charming place by Dubai canal cruise. The cruise took us close to the bridge that displayed gleaming waterfall.

    7. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      It was a magical sight to witness the water cascading down from the bridge. We did one good thing that we took the Dubai water canal cruise in the evening when the waterfall was glowing with lights.

    8. Avatar for Chetan Jadhav

      The Dubai Water Canal is meticulously planned. The thought of constructing something unique and worth to behold spectators can only appear to Dubai. What money can do is best seen in Dubai.

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