| A couple arabians standing on a pier as a cargo ship cruises in the Suez Canal|
Dubai has begun construction on the largest canal project in the
Middle East for more than a century, joining a list of mega-projects in
the Gulf emirate, the official WAM news agency reported on Monday (31st Dec 2007).
real estate developer Limitless this week started excavation work on
the 11 billion dollar canal, 75-kilometre (47-mile)-long canal, WAM
The "Arabian Canal" will be the biggest project undertaken
in the region since work started on the 163-kilometre (101-mile) Suez
Canal in 1859.
The canal will be "the largest, most complex civil
engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East," the developers
said on their website, adding that construction of the 150-metre
(495-feet)-wide canal will take three years.
At six metres (20 feet) deep, it will be able to accommodate vessels up to 40 metres (132 feet) long.
canal will link two huge artificial palm-shaped islands, currently
under construction. The waterway will also pass by the new Al-Maktoum
International Airport, which aims to become the world's largest upon
Dubai, one of seven emirates that make up the United
Arab Emirates, is the financial and leisure hub of the oil-rich Gulf
and is undertaking several other mega-projects designed to more than
double the number of tourists annually to 15 million by 2015.
-- a cluster of billion-dollar schemes billed as the "world's most
ambitious tourism, leisure and entertainment project" -- is well under
way and scheduled for completion around 2025.
The 64-billion dollar project will house the world's largest transparent snow dome and a Universal Studios theme park.
ambitious is Burj Dubai, a one-billion-dollar tower touted to become
the world's tallest skyscraper. It is being built by South Korea's
Samsung and is due to be completed at the end of 2008.
Source : AFP