Region’s biggest ever civil engineering project to create ‘life in the desert’.

Limitless, a global master development arm of Dubai World, will manage the design and construction of the Arabian Canal – the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East, it was disclosed today.

The US$11 billion project – on show at Cityscape Dubai (Limitless stand ZB20) next week – involves creating a 75km man-made waterway, which will flow inland from Dubai Waterfront, passing to the east of the new Dubai World Central International Airport before turning back towards Palm Jumeirah. Up to 150 metres wide and six metres deep, it will be able to accommodate boats up to 40 metres long. The project will take around five years to complete, with work due to start in December this year.

Saeed Ahmed Saeed, Chief Executive Officer of Limitless, said: “Arabian Canal – Dubai’s most ambitious mega-project yet – draws on our key strengths of innovative engineering and master planning distinctive developments. It will involve digging and moving more than a million cubic metres of earth – enough to fill 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools – every day.

Arabian Canal will, without question, be one of the wonders of the engineering world.

“The project will create life in the desert. It will be a globally-recognised landmark destination for UAE residents and visitors, with public spaces for leisure and community events as well as a number of mixed-use developments, in addition to the waterway itself,” he added.

Limitless will also master plan its biggest mixed-use development yet as part of the Arabian Canal project.  The US$50 billion waterfront development will span 20,000 hectares and stretch for 33km along the inland section of the waterway, east of the new international airport.

The project is designed to be a focal point for Dubai’s cultural attractions and community events. It will include marinas, residential communities and business centres serving over a million people.

Saeed Ahmed Saeed said: “The master plan for our canalside development bears all the hallmarks of a classic Limitless project.  Balanced, sustainable and planned around people, it includes green, open spaces and distinctive residential, commercial, retail and recreational components.”

Work on the Limitless development is expected to start towards the end of 2008, and will be completed in phases over a 15 year period.

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