“Dubai Water Canal is the city’s newest attraction.
See a city in the midst of one of the world’s greatest urban transformations as it launches the Dubai Water Canal, a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay. Along its waterfront, the W Hotel, the St Regis and a whole range of new lifestyle precincts. The new path effectively turns a significant part of the emirate into an island.”
– excerpt from Visit Dubai website
The Dubai Water Canal opened last November 2016 is perhaps one of the most expensive projects ever built in Dubai. As you’d know, our second home was considered to be the world’s most glamorous, innovative and fastest emerging city. It’s a place where the word impossible doesn’t seem to fit. So when this dream project come to life and finally opened, it’s not surprising at all. We’ve been to the newest attraction for about 3 times now bringing our family and friends. It’s a perfect place to walk or bike around, take a lot of selfies, enjoy and just relax. And if you’re planning to go, here’s a guide to help you on your visit to the Water Canal.
How to Go to Dubai Water Canal?
By Private Transport
Start your trip with Dubai Canal Waterfalls as your based. It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road bridge at Exit 49. Go on this side of the road headed towards the Dubai World Trade Centre. There are 1602 total parking lots available according to RTA.
By Public Transport/Dubai Metro
Now if you want to go by Dubai Metro train, take the red line going to UAE Exchange and drop off at Business Bay station. Go to the other side of the road and walk towards the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. There’s an elevator beside the pathway which will take you to the central part of the Canal.
Facts and Figures
- It’s not only an attraction but a functional transport system. Ferries, water taxis and yachts can sail from Deira, Bur Dubai and Dubai Marina to Jumeirah and Business Bay.
- There are five pedestrian bridges available here opened for visitors to cross and take in the spectacular views of the city. Three of the bridges have unique architectural designs. The most popular is even inspired by the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco.
- All bridges have elevators with matching background music on both sides. It is expected to have escalators too in the near future.
- There are three lanes surrounding the canal. Walking, running and cycling lanes.
- Streetlights in the Canal are solar-powered thus to reduce the dependency on electricity as part of the government vision to become a sustainable city. Amazing!
- It’s considered to be the longest walkway in the UAE covering 12 km and expected to house floating restaurants, retail outlets and water homes.
Timings and Fees
- It’s a free open area that you can visit any day and any time. You only need to pay when you ride a water taxi, a ferry or cruise in a luxury yacht.
- The most spectacular feature along the canal, the mechanical waterfalls starts around 8:00pm and end at 10:00pm. It is motion operated and the water open up when a boat passes.
- Parking underneath Sheikh Zayed Road is paid so you better get a parking ticket from the machines spread across the area.
Things To Do
- Take a lot of selfies, upload it in your social media and show your friends that you’re in one of the newest attractions in Dubai. Or chat with them as the WIFI here is FREE and super-fast!
- Bring your own food as currently (March 2017) there are no retail outlets available. But please be sure to clean your thrash and don’t get fined.
- Dance the night away and never get your battery off as there are charging stations everywhere.
- Walk, jug or cycle around the area. And when you feel tired, relax in one of the many benches available and just soak in with the beauty in front of you.
- Sail along the canal through a water taxi or a ferry. Check the station and timing details here from RTA. Or hire a private yacht and cruise through this another wonder of Dubai.
- Wait for the sunset and get your camera ready. It’s a perfect spot to de-stress and enjoy the view.
Have you been to the Water Canal? What are your first impressions?