Unveiled in October 2013, the US$550-million Dubai Canal (or “Dubai Water Canal” as it’s officially, if rather pointlessly, called) is the second and final phase in the extension of the Creek from its original terminus at Ras al Khor all the way back to the sea. The canal will stretch for around 3km, extending the Creek from its current end near Business Bay through Safa Park and back to the Arabian Gulf near Jumeirah Beach Park, with walkways and cycle paths en route, as well as four stations served by regular public ferries, making it possible for the first time to travel between the old city, Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah by water – although it’s unlikely the project will be finished anytime much before late 2017, if then.

Meanwhile, the entire Jumeirah coastline between the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Burj al Arab is also currently being beautified with the phased opening of the Jumeirah Corniche. The 14km-long corniche comprises a broad, pedestrianized walkway, plus jogging track and cycle path, offering a pleasantly breezy and traffic-free way of getting up and down the coast. Showers, toilets and kiosks are also being added at strategic beach locations and the whole thing will also eventually connect to the Dubai Canal. The entire corniche is now largely finished, although Jumeirah Beach Park and the Jumeirah Open Beach are both currently closed for development.

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