It’s been some time now since I’ve first heard of this gargantuan project of building a water canal that will encircle parts of Dubai from Bur Dubai down to the Safe-Jumeirah area. I was quite excited about it because first of all, it’s not everyday that you see topography altered by man on such a large scale, and secondly, because of the awesomeness of the vids they show about how it would look like when finished, with gondolas, artificial waterfalls and all. Though not yet quite finished per se as per the plans shown, water is now running through the Dubai Water Canal which was inaugurated just last week and through the suggestion of my Mom, we’ve decided to do our early morning weekend stroll in its Safe-Jumeirah section right before having our scheduled breakfast at Sofitel Downtown Dubai.
Finding the location of the Dubai Water Canal is easy as the access is right beside the St Regis Hotel and the JW Marquis Hotel Twin Towers. Looking for a place to park in this section was really easy as well (or maybe given that it was around 7am in the morning, and its Friday). Right underneath the Safa Sheikh Zayed Bridge, beside the St Regis Hotel is an ample parking lot for cars. This parking space is only a stone’s throw away from the Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk.
Starting out from underneath the Safa Sheikh Zayed Bridge and pretty much excited on what to see in the Dubai Water Canal , we started to make our way to its boardwalk.
I believe there are only specific times that the artificial waterfalls from the bridge is turned on (complete with lights) when we were there that morning, it wasn’t.
It was really fun and relaxing, seeing that other early birds were already there – guys jogging, even a group of athletes, kids biking around, other couples taking a relaxing stroll.
It really feels good that families and every resident in Dubai has something such as the Dubai Water Canal to spend quality time in with no charge at all. And the view is pretty amazing, with the towering skyscrapers that line the Dubai Cityscape as a background!
Great thing about the Dubai Water Canal is that it is a part of the expanding routes of the Dubai Water Taxis by the Road Traffic Administration (RTA).
And one of these water taxis’ station are found right in this area with a route map for any passengers.
Given our limited time our last stop being heading back to the car was the suspension bridge that hangs over the Dubai Water Canal.
While the bridge itself is beautiful, the vantage point it gives you of the Dubai Water Canal is stunning and we saw many people with their DSLRs snapping photos of this new Dubai Tourist Destination!
I’ve got some of my friends asking if the Dubai Water Canal is a must for their future plans of travel in Dubai. I can say that it actually is a Dubai destination that must be seen especially once it is completed.
And for what its worth, being able to command water in the desert, is a work of wonder that deserves to be seen!
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