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Dubai canal project inspired by The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world.

The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world.

A spectacular canal development planned for a Middle Eastern city could utilise technology pioneered by The Falkirk Wheel.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, has announced that he plans to build a suspended canal that will carry boats above the streets of the desert city.

The 1.5 mile canal would link the existing Dubai Creek with the Persian Gulf.

An announcement posted on the Sheikh’s website included footage of The Falkirk Wheel, the giant boat lift which links the Union and Forth & Clyde canals.

The Wheel opened in 2002 and has been hailed as a modern engineering marvel. Despite weighing 1200 tons, it uses the same amount of power it takes to power eight kettles of water.

Sheikh Mohammed said that he envisages the new canal link to open in two years’ time.

 

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