This is a man made river within a theme park. It is 1km long and it is a recreation of a typical Western European river bank area such as the Seine.
When it is opened, tourists will be able to do all the things that French riverbank tourists do such as take boat rides down the river and enjoy a drink, a coffee or a meal at one of the river’s planned cafes, bars and restaurants.
At the entrance the streets will be paved with cobblestones and lined with trees. It will be replica 17th century French village with buildings on the way to the river banks.
It remains to be seen whether Europeans will see anything new here other than a quaint recreation of a riverbank scene. But on the other hand middle eastern visitors will be fascinated with the novelty of lush green riverbanks and boating on an inland patch of flowing water which is a scarce scene in Dubai. Add to that the novelty of antique European buildings and there should be lots to attract non-European visitors here.
It will connect the major parts of the Dubai park and resort and will also connect it to Legoland’s water park.
Inside riverland there are plans for 50 restaurants and retail shops. There will also be street entertainment of various sorts including open air theatre.
Crossing the river is by a large footbridge with a high clearance for the passing of anticipated luxury yachts.