The Project

The Dubai Water Canal was an $800m project to build a 3.2km waterway which winds its way around Downtown Dubai, home to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall. The water way serves as a link between the Creek in Old Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, passing through Business Bay. Upon completion of the project, the Dubai Canal effectively turned a significant part of the emirate into an island, and now serves as a tourist and community destination in it's own right.


The Challenge

The construction of the Dubai Water Canal is an impressive undertaking which involves an infrastructure overhaul of one of the UAE’s busiest metropolitan areas.

The canal route cuts through the business centre of Dubai, flanked by several business, lifestyle and leisure developments, including hotels, restaurants and retail outlets. The project includes the redesign of Sheikh Zayed road, the UAE’s busiest artery linking all seven emirates, the construction of multiple pedestrian and traffic bridges, including a waterfall bridge, and a 6.4km water-front with running and cycling tracks. 

The 3-year project was a major undertaking in one of the world’s fastest growing urban areas and involved complexities and inter-related dependencies rarely seen anywhere else in the world.

The Solution

A very prominent project which serves as a jewel in the crown of Dubai and requires timely and efficient project management, demands the highest standards and commitment engineering and customer service. Rapid Access worked closely with multi-discipline teams of contractors and businesses to ensure that supply operations caused minimal disruption to businesses and residents.

Rapid Access provided 24/7 engineering and operational support, including night-time deliveries and collections to ensure minimal community impact. Guaranteed supply and performance measures ensured machine availability, delivery and uptime to ensure timely and efficient project delivery.

The Benefits

Through its parent company, Loxam, Rapid Access has global expertise in managing the world’s largest and most complex projects.

With its industry-leading engineering excellence, Rapid Access were able to offer the Dubai Water Canal project over 99% uptime, on-time provision of equipment, an on-site consignment of surplus requirement, and on-site training and familiarisation.

Working with the region’s best engineers and the largest and most diverse fleet in the region meant that the Dubai Water Canal project was guaranteed seamless support for all its work at height requirements.

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