Dubai: Now, park your car on the side of canal enjoy the vistas from the Boardwalk or take a ride on a ferry or a water taxi.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened up more than 1,600 paid parking slots for the canal visitors in the Business Bay and Safa areas.
The parking facilities are located on either side of the canal from one end to the other, including 652 slots bearing the Code G located at the Business Bay district and 628 parking slots allocated beneath Shaikh Zayed Road bridge and Safa Park.
Additionally, 322 parking slots around the Dubai Water Canal bearing the Code A are also available.
Maitha Bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA, said the seasonal parking cards will not be valid in the areas bearing code G, while the cards will be valid in the areas around the canal with code A.
“Dubai Water Canal is shaping into one of the most attractive tourist attractions for residents, visitors and tourists in Dubai, which requires the provision of key infrastructure, such as parking slots as they help facilitate movement around the landmark,” she said.
Parking under the Shaikh Zayed Road bridge is the best place to leave your cars and walk along the canal with family and friends.
Heading from the direction of Sharjah on Shaikh Zayed road, the easiest way to access the Shaikh Zayed bridge parking is to take the Umm Ammar exit after the Mazaya Centre and turn left from the small roundabout on the service road running parallel to the highway.
For metro travellers, the Boardwalk is just a few hundred metres from the Business Bay station, just a 10-minute walk on either side of Shaikh Zayed road.
Visitors to the canal can also enjoy the view from the top of Shaikh Zayed road bridge as the RTA has opened two elevators each on either side from Boardwalk.
Ferries are available from both ends — the Dubai Canal marine station near Jumeirah Beach Park and Al Jaddaf marine station near Creek metro station — at 10am, 12 noon and 5.30pm. At the Shaikh Zayed road station, which is right next to the canal fountain on the 16-lane bridge, the ferries will be available at 11.25am, 1.25pm and 6.25pm towards Jumeirah, while heading towards Jaddaf the ferries will be available at 12.25pm, 2.25pm and 7.25pm.
Water taxis are available on call from 10am to 10pm.