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Sheikh Mohammed has named a bridge over Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal bridge

Three pedestrian bridges span Dubai Water Canal but none of them had names – until now.

To mark International Day for Tolerance, which falls every year on 16th November, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced that one of the bridges over the canal would be known as Tolerance Bridge.

Officially opened in November 2016, the AED 2.7 billion project that starts in Business Bay is three kilometres long and has three gorgeous pedestrian bridges crossing it.

The second of those is the first true suspension bridge in the Middle East, according to architect firm AE7. Suspended 8.5 metres above the water, the 210m long bridge stands 55m at the highest point of its arch and is wide enough to allow cyclists and pedestrians.

On Tuesday (15th November), Sheikh Mohammed tweeted that one of Dubai’s “most beautiful bridges” is now called Tolerance Bridge. “Bridges connect people, cultures and hearts”, Sheikh Mohammed added.

“Tolerance is synonymous with the UAE. It is a fundamental value of our people and an essential element for our development and prosperity in the future.”

Established by the United Nations in 1996 by the UN General Assembly, Tolerance Day is marked every year on 16th November. However, it’s not the only reason to visit Dubai Water Canal.

When the weather is cool, there are scores of people walking, cycling and running along its paths. The three pedestrian bridges are perfect for upping your step count and you can even connect to WiFi and charge your mobile from hi-tech street lamps. There’s plenty of RTA parking here too.

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