Dubai’s iconic 5-star property, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, celebrates the opening of the Dubai Water Canal, a brand new stretch of waterfront that promises to elevate stays at the already stunning property.

Centrally located on the canal, the hotel offers guests easy access to some of the city’s best sights, including the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. The opening creates a new experience for guests, offering a 5-star stay by the water, with rooms looking out over the canal and promenade. Guests can stroll along the water’s edge, or travel Dubai by Water Taxi.

Work on the canal began on October 2, 2013, running through five phases that saw three flyovers built, apart from the excavation work. This years-long project now celebrates its opening and ushers in a new era in growth and development in the heart of Dubai.

Nine marine stations will operate along the canal, offering ferry and water taxi services, and as the adjoining areas of the 6.4-kilometre-long waterfront are developed, the canal will offer a new residential district. The growing district will soon offer exciting tourist attractions and recreational facilities, including up-and-coming restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

The 3.2-kilometre-long canal serves as the final segment of the Dubai Creek extension, terminating in the Arabian Gulf via Al Safa, Al Wasl and Jumeirah 2. It presents new possibilities in marine transport, connecting the historic areas of Deira and Bur Dubai through the extended waterway of Dubai Creek and Business Bay.

The development project is set to generate over 80,000 square metres of public facilities, including six kilometres of walkway, a three-kilometre-long jogging track and 12 kilometres of cycling tracks. Visitors to JW Marriott’s iconic 5-star downtown Dubai hotel will enjoy all the benefits of a waterfront property, in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.