It is being billed as the “largest canal project post-Suez and …the largest canal project in the Middle East for more than a century.”
The government-owned real estate developer Limitless this week started excavation work on the 11 billion dollar canal, 75-kilometre (47-mile)-long canal.
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.
The 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 completion.
This canal and associated development is another dream of Sheikh Mohammed, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.
Check out the Dubai Waterfront web site to see the emerging housing developments and to view the video that gives the concept of how the new canal is being envisaged by its promoters.
Image: Photo depicting the location and the linkages that the Arabian Canal will create.