Excavation of the Arabian Canal will start near the Dubai Marina area flowing inland around the massive area for planned Jebel Ali International Airport and wind its way to enter the sea once again at the outer end of Palm Jebel Ali.
Developer Limitless is managing design and construction of the canal and also plans a 20,000ha waterfront development, stretching along a 33km inland section of the waterway. In September it appointed Tristar Transport & Contracting to carry out the projects first phase of earthworks.
The canal will be a massive 150m wide and 6m deep and will be able to accommodate up to 40m long boats when it is complete by 2011. The construction process will involve excavating more than 1M.m3 of earth – or enough to fill 400 Olympic size swimming pools – each day.