Dubai: Few residents of Bur Dubai could ever imagine that one fine morning they would awaken as islanders.

But that’s precisely what lies in store in a few years as the final shovel of dirt is removed to complete the new Dubai Canal, extending the Dubai Creek from Al Shindagha all the way to Jumeirah, morphing the area into a new man-made island surrounded by water.

The Dh2 billion canal project was launched on Wednesday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, an initiative that is expected to boost the Dubai bid for World Expo 2012.

The three-kilometre long canal will start from Business Bay, cutting under Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road before it merges with the Gulf waters along Dubai’s shoreline.

Being the heart of Dubai and one of the oldest parts of the city, the area is a mix of commercial hubs and residential neighbourhoods, which unlike other parts of the city, haven’t seen much change for years.

Man-made islands are not new to Dubai and neither are mega projects unheard of in the city. Known for its biggest, largest and tallest projects that have helped the city to stay ahead of other metropolis in the region, residents feel this ambitious project will further add to the charm of the city that continues to reinvent itself. see more

source: gulfnews