Three years ago, I woke up to a news about the expansion of Dubai Creek that will make Bur Dubai an island. Then, last year, I realized it was slowly taking shape as Sheikh Zayed Road already has a bridge! And this year, my Facebook feed was flooded with updates on the mega-project that is now known as the Dubai Water Canal.
The newest Dubai wonder was three years in the making. It was finally inaugurated last month with a BIG celebration... so big and so grand that they actually had to close a portion of Dubai's busiest highway during the ceremony!
I didn't get to witness the spectacular fireworks during the inauguration. In fact, life has been pretty busy that I only had the chance to see Dubai's latest attraction a month after it opened! I guess I'm the last person to visit Dubai Water Canal for the first time, but let me share my experience anyway! :)
How to get to Dubai Water Canal
Business Bay metro station is the nearest station to the canal. Well, it's not really that near, it's actually 15 minutes away by foot. It's all good if the weather is fine and you're up for a long walk. But if you want to save your energy for the 6km water canal walkway, I highly suggest taking a cab. :) There's a pick up and drop off under SZR bridge, near Dubai Waterfall.
Ed and I spontaneously decided to go and we wanted to be there before sunset; hence, we booked a Careem instead of taking the metro. We're happy Careem users, btw!
Another option is via Dubai Ferry. You can catch a ferry with a route to Dubai Water Canal station from Al Ghubaiba and Dubai Marina. Silver Ticket (one-way) costs 25 AED. More info on Dubai Ferry routes and timings here.
|Dubai Water Canal|
|Dubai Ferry passing through Dubai Canal|
|Dubai's newest water channel tucked in between JW Marriot Marquis and W Dubai Habtoor City|
Dubai Water Canal Facilities
The area along the canal is not fully developed yet, but I can sense that it will be filled with establishments in no time! It is already equipped with a walkway, benches and pedestrian bridges. There are charging stations (lots of it) and there's free WiFi too.
There's nothing much to do in Dubai Water Canal as of the moment other than taking a long stroll and watching the city flaunts its contemporary splendor. The view of Dubai skyline is amazing from the banks of the canal, and the newly built bridges were just as astounding!
|charging station in Dubai Water Canal|
|pedestrian bridge in Dubai Water Canal|
|Not just another bridge. This one is a contemporary gem.|
|view of Dubai skyline from the canal|
Dubai Water Canal at Sunset
Dubai Water Canal is more picturesque at sunset. The magic hour brought a beautiful glow to the waters. Although man-made, I must say that the canal added more "soul" to futuristic city that I truly love.
|golden hour at Dubai Water Canal|
|futuristic yet soulful|
Dubai Water Canal at Night
Dubai Water Canal is a must-see in the evening! I have seen posts promoting the canal as the city's newest romantic destination and I couldn't help but agree. The bridges and walkway are well-lighted. The body of water is framed by brightly lit skyscrapers. It's a great spot for a dinner cruise or simply a quiet stroll!
|Dubai Water Canal under the moonlight|
|That bridge is a photo opp spot!|
|Dinner cruise along the canal soon please! :)|
Dubai Canal Waterfall
When visiting Dubai Water Canal, don't miss the waterfall! It's right on the bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road. It's a pink cascade with a sensor. It automatically stops when a boat is about to pass through. Amazing, right?
Dubai Water Canal perfectly falls into my Free Attractions and Cheap Thrills in Dubai list. And I think I also have to update my 100 things to do in Dubai. Shall we make it 101? ;)
|Dubai Canal Waterfall|
Have you visited Dubai Water Canal? Tell me about your experience in the comment section below. :)