The Business Bay canal, on the side adjacent to Shaikh Zayed Road, will be connected to the sea using the micro-tunnelling technique. This will ensure that the pumping process can be carried out without affecting the existing utilities. Image Credit: PANKAJ SHARMA/Gulf News

Dubai: The Business Bay canal will be completed and connected to the sea as the Dubai Municipality takes up the project that is expected to be finished within two years.

Announcing the ‘completion of Business Bay canal and its connection to the sea' project, estimated to cost about Dh150 million-Dh200 million, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the municipality, said: "It is a very challenging project but we are hoping to add value to the site and bring something that is unique to Dubai."

The first phase involves connecting the Business Bay canal with the sea through a pipeline. The canal, on the side adjacent to Shaikh Zayed Road, will be connected to the sea using the micro tunnelling technique.

Following this, the canal waterway will be completed by connecting the existing lagoons.

"This would help improve the quality of water as it would make it possible to regularly flush water from the Creek," Alya Abdul Rahim Al Harmoudi, Head of Coastal Area and Watercanals Management Department at the municipality, said.

Developing a waterfront

The project is aimed to revive the Business Bay canal as part of an integrated marine system and transform the adjacent area into an attractive waterfront. It will create a unique water body suitable for leisure navigation, Lootah said.

The municipality undertook a complete hydrodynamic study to ensure proper water circulation in the Business Bay canal and the inner part of the Dubai Creek. It also considered the possibility of including the Meydan canal in the overall system.

The pipeline system with an overall length of around three kilometres will be realised by adopting micro-tunnelling. This will ensure that the pumping process can be carried out without affecting the existing utilities.

The water intake will be done using the pipeline intake technique which does not require the construction of any breakwaters, Al Harmoudi said.