Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal - pink and purple hues with city scape and bridge

A sparkling waterway for this ultramodern city

Jacobs worked with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to deliver a 16-mile waterway, connecting Dubai Creek –adjacent to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a Ramsar designated wetland of international importance – with the Arabian Gulf. As a watermark signature, the canal adds new vibrancy to Dubai’s ultramodern cityscape as a centerpiece for a host of new residential developments.

The RTA awarded Jacobs their Green Economy Award for Environment and Water Project of the Year. The award acknowledged the project’s rigorous environmental assessment and design standards which considered the marine interaction with the coastal zone, Dubai Creek, and wetland areas which hold significant social, cultural-heritage and environment value.  RTA also recognized Jacobs’ outstanding safety performance with a Best Safety Consultant Award.

It’s a crowning achievement for a project we’ve helped develop since 2004, providing a variety of services to bring this component of Dubai’s masterplan to life.

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    signature pedestrian bridges serve to enhance connectivity around the canal

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    people per year are expected by RTA to use the marine transport services on the canal

“Every achievement and success that we celebrate motivates us to move ahead with confidence, determination and optimism. We are challenging ourselves to generate the best ideas and initiatives.”

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai [Speaking at the Dubai Water Canal Inauguration]

Dubai Water Canal up close - pink and purple hues with city scape and bridge