Sheikh Zayed Road is lined with attractions, but its latest one is slap-bang in the middle of it.

(Well, not quite, that would be an accident waiting to happen).

But as part of the in-progress Dubai Canal project, a stunning waterfall has just been revealed on a bridge running across the city’s main thoroughfare.

The cascading sight is sat right beside the W Hotel, The St. Regis and Westin in Al Habtoor City, and is powered by 80 water pumps.

The above clip was shared by Philippe Aerts, CEO of Magical Water Fountains, who snapped the waterfall while it was still in its testing phase. 

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The waterfall is sensor based, so it can switch off when boats want to pass through.

The canal itself is still being filled with water (the process started last week) and will officially open for business at some point this month.

What is the Dubai Canal, you ask?

Well, it’s a 3.2-kilometre waterway that’ll pass right from Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf, and it’ll be six metres deep when finished.

It can be used for water traffic – but it’s not just about aqua activities.

The project will see the entire canal lined with retail and restaurants, parks, accommodation, greenery, seating areas and environmentally friendly lighting.

Think Dubai Creek, but modernised and moved to the centre of the city.

When finished, we can expect a brand new Jumeirah Beach Park, a mall to go with it as well as a seven kilometre running track and apartments with views of Safa Park.

Here’s what we can expect it to look like:

The Gate Towers on the Dubai Canal

Now that it’s filled with water, the canal has turned areas including Satwa, Zabeel, Oud Metha, Karama and Bur Dubai into islands.

Pretty exciting, huh? If you want to know more about the project, click here – and in the meantime we’re counting down the days until we can get a water taxi through the heart of the city…

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