All you need to know about the Dubai Canal
Since its inception, the Dubai Canal has become a popular attraction in the city, exemplifying the emirate’s commitment to innovative engineering. While the colourful waters of the canal are certainly beautiful, there’s a lot more to this marvel than what meets the eye. Check out our Dubai Canal review to learn more about this stunning spectacle.
All about the Dubai Canal
Dubai Canal is a 3.2-kilometre-long man-made canal running through the UAE’s most famous highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. Inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, this waterfront destination has become a major tourist attraction in Dubai.
This 6.4km waterfront beauty comes with a 3km running track, 12km cycling track and a mechanical waterfall at the intersection of the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge and the canal. There are also five pedestrian bridges, of which three run across the canal. This way, visitors can easily cross over and enjoy the stunning sights from the top of the bridge. Very close to the rental apartments in Business Bay, the development of Al Habtoor City is set along the banks of the Dubai Canal.
As an extension of the famous Deira Creek, the Dubai Canal is divided into three networks: The Water Network, Green Network and Public Realm.
The Water Network
The water network of the canal comprises three water bodies covering 2.9 km and connecting Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. The Arabian Gulf coastline has a beautiful beachfront. The final part of the canal is the Crystal Lagoon at Safa Park.
The Green Network
This network connects Safa Park to the new Jumeirah Beach Park.
The Public Realm
This is the surrounding area around the canal which is being developed. Some projects are completed, while others are under construction. There are many restaurants and recreational facilities nearby.
Dubai Canal Bridge
Also known as the Business Bay Crossing, this bridge has gained global popularity. It is the first of its kind worldwide and covers the width of the Business Bay Canal, connecting Business Bay with Downtown Dubai. The project includes two pedestrian walkways and a three-lane roadway on both sides of the canal.
With a height of 21m above water level, it allows most yachts and ships to pass underneath. The total length is 442m, and the width is 24m.
Many companies offer cruise tours in the city, including Rayna Tours, Arabian Adventures, Xclusive Yachts and more.
Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise
With the Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise, you will see the famous Arabian Gulf in all its glory. This is your chance to appreciate the Dubai Skyline from a different perspective. You could relax under the stars during the night and enjoy the serene atmosphere.
The 2.5 km journey starts from Dubai Festival City Mall. You will generally pass through Business Bay, Safa Park, JW Marquis Hotel and the Westin Hotel. And, of course, you will see the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in the background. On this dhow cruise, you can pass through the electronically controlled waterfall, which stops automatically when a boat or dhow comes nearby.
For dinner, you will usually be served a 3-course international meal. Traditional Arab dances will be performed for your entertainment.
An abra is an ancient Emirati mode of transportation. It has been used by Emiratis for generations and represents the heritage of the United Arab Emirates. It is, therefore, a novel experience for tourists.
Abra tours also start and end at Dubai Festival City Mall. However, the route differs from the Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise. As you move through the canal, you will see the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, Business Bay, Westin and St. Regis Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Business Bay Bridge, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and Sheikh Zayed Road Waterfall Bridge.
Dubai Canal Yacht Cruise
The 3-hour cruise ride can be taken during breakfast, lunch or supper. The first destination on this stunning yacht cruise is Marasi Business Bay. The gorgeous blue waters, restaurants and cafes attract hundreds of visitors almost daily.
Business Bay District, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Cheese Building are the major landmarks in Dubai that you can look out for during the Dubai Canal yacht cruise.
* Prices, routes, timings and inclusions are based on individual providers. Please get in touch with the companies directly to get an idea of the cost of the cruises and abra rides.
If these tours don’t interest you, you can hop on the water taxi network and take a ferry around the canal. Read our guide to water taxis in Dubai to find out more.
Dubai Canal Restaurants
If you want to try some eateries after walking along the Dubai Canal, there are many great choices nearby. You can choose from the following Dubai Canal Restaurants within a 5-km radius. If you are near the Business Bay end of the Canal, Al Habtoor City is fairly close to the area. The restaurants here are great for refuelling after a long walk. Alternatively, the restaurants in Jumeirah are also easily accessible if you are closer to the Safa side of the canal. Here are some of the eclectic options near the area.
- Manga Sushi – Japanese (Level 1, Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah 2 – Dubai)
- The Rose and Crown – British pub grub (Al Habtoor City)
- Seven Sisters – Lebanese menu (JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai)
- Coya Dubai – Peruvian menu (Jumeirah Beach Road)
- Karachi Grill – Pakistani menu (Jumeirah Street)
What are the Dubai Water Canal timings?
There are no opening or closing timings for the Dubai Canal. However, the beautiful Dubai Canal waterfall operates from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm. It has motion sensors which stop when a boat or abra comes within range.
If this is your first Dubai Canal tour, visiting and witnessing the waterfall would be advisable. It might be a little crowded, but you won’t regret it. Take our word for it!
Do I have to buy a ticket to visit the Dubai Canal?
No, there are no tickets. It is a great place to come and relax.
How do I reach Dubai Water Canal?
Different transport options could take you to the Dubai Water Canal. If you want to take your car, drive towards the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Al Habtoor City exit will take you to the parking on the Business Bay end. If you are on the Jumeirah side, there is parking along the residential areas.
Regarding Dubai Metro stations, get down at the Business Bay station and walk towards Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. Take the lift to start your Dubai Canal Tour. Cabs are also readily available in the area.
Is Dubai Canal parking free or paid?
Parking is available under the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. However, please keep in mind canal parking is paid. You can pay via SMS, and the charges depend on how long you stay.
Can I cycle or skate on the Marasi Business Bay Promenade?
Yes, visitors may cycle or skate on the Marasi Business Bay Promenade. One bridge has a concrete slope, so you can ride or push your cycle across the canal. There is a running track, so you can burn extra calories too.
You can visit the canal all year round. It is especially enjoyable during winter as you can walk along the pathway while enjoying the cool breeze. The fact that it is one of the top free places to visit in Dubai makes it an extremely popular destination in the city. If you are searching for another cool place to visit, the Pointe in Palm Jumeirah could be an excellent option.
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