|Client||Meydan Group, Roads and Transportation Authority of Dubai, Meraas Development|
|Project Size||17.4 mil sqft | 1.6 mil sqm|
|Awards||2017 AIA Pittsburgh Regional + Urban Design, Certificate of Merit|
The Dubai Creek historically divided Dubai into two sections: Deira and Bur Dubai. Dubai Water Canal joined these sections with a 1.8 mile (2.9 km) long 400-acre waterfront destination and three striking pedestrian bridges, designed to reflect the city’s past, present, and future. The first bridge—conjuring the past—is Safa Bridge, a suspension bridge with Y-shaped piers inspired by the region’s Bedouin nomadic tents and the Dhow, a traditional Arab sailing vessel. The second bridge—expressing the present—is the Bridge of Tolerance, the first clear span suspension bridge in the Middle East. The bridge’s curvature is supported by cables to evoke a sense of weightlessness. This bridge was named by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who stated, “Bridges connect people, cultures and hearts.” The last bridge—signaling the future—is the Jumeirah 2 Bridge, which features a kaleidoscopic twisting truss design that envisions a dynamic Dubai of tomorrow. The Canal Project brings together parks, residential buildings, shopping, and boardwalks while allowing pedestrians complete autonomy from vehicular traffic, creating a truly unique experience that celebrates Dubai’s progress as a city.