Fast-forward to modern day Dubai, and water transport has had a makeover. Take a sail down Dubai’s newest waterway and one of its most ambitious projects
yet – the Dubai Canal
. Stretching three kilometres from the Arabian Gulf, through Safa Park, into the heart of the city centre, and culminating in the existing waters of Business Bay, the new waterway is 180m across at its widest point.
The Canal will add one and a half kilometres of beaches to urban Dubai's already plentiful beach count, not to mention an exciting new channel for keen sailors, rowers and paddlers. A fun fair-styled boardwalk, cycling and running paths, three new RTA metro train stations to service the promenade, a yacht club, 'floating' restaurants, and of course, a flurry of five-star hotels will all be part of this new district. With the new shoreline and marina beginning to take shape, excitement is mounting as the daring designs take shape. The project is predicted to be fully complete in 2019.