Everyone Wants a ‘Canal’

I GUESS IT’S NO surprise that in Dubai, a land of overflowing wealth and man-made islands, that local developers are looking to create a 75 km canal in the middle of the desert. While that not might sound as ludicrous as, say, trying to build a canal that stretches the length of a nation – it still sounds pretty crazy to me.

The above picture is taken from the blog of Kang Hun Sang, a Yonhap foreign correspondent in Dubai, and shows an artist’s fanciful rendering of what the waterway – creatively named “The Arabian Canal” – could look like.

To those who might see it as providing a viable alternative for transportation of goods into the city, Kang points out a major caveat: the “canal” is only going to be six meters deep. That means despite all the hype about this being the next Suez Canal, it’s really just another playground.

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1 Response to “Everyone Wants a ‘Canal’”


  1. 1 Kango Suz February 17, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Interesting note about the lack of depth on the canal. Speaking os Suez, have you read any of the proposals to build the power plant at the mouth of the Red Sea via building a dam there? Crazy things that humans come up with to do to their world…


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