The officials of Dubai has announced on Tuesday a new mega-project and construction of new century: 75 km Arabian Canal, which appears in the southern “new” Dubai, and transform the massive Jebel Ali landmass into an island.
As always with the Dubai construction, Arabian Canal to beat a couple of world records. It is not only one of the most complex and major engineering construction of the world, but also one of the most expensive: The Dubai government plans to spend on the channel US $61 billion.
However, the construction of the channel will be only a small part of the grand project. Channel, which will snake from Dubai Waterfront in Jebel Ali and pass to the east of the Dubai World Central development before turning back towards the Palm Jumeirah would cost $11 billion and $50 billion will be spent to build a new “city” in the city, which would take 20,000 hectares of land in the south bank of the channel.
The channel will be 150 metres wide and six metres deep, enough to accommodate yachts up to 40 metres long.
Work on the channel project is to start in December and will take around three years to complete, while construction of the waterfront development will begin at the end of next year and be completed in phases over a 15 year period.
“Arabian Canal will, without question, be one of the wonders of the engineering world,” said Saeed Ahmad Saeed, chief executive officer of Limitless the developer of the project.