Sharjah government on Saturday (April 13) will inaugurate several major projects in the Khor Fakkan region, thus marking a new phase in the development of the infrastructure and tourist facilities in this East Coast city.
The most important is the 89-km-long Sharjah – Khor Fakkan Road Project, built at a cost of Dh5.5 billion ($1.5 billion). Passing through the Hajar Mountains, the road is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities to 45 minutes, reported state news agency Wam.
These projects have been undertaken on the directives of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
The first part of the road, with a total length of 65 kilometers, will be a dual carriageway, with two 7.4 meter lanes on each side, divided by a 10-meter wide central reservation. There are 14 intersections, seven underpasses, and several slipways to allow for drainage of water.
The second, shorter section, running for 24 kilometers and with two lanes, passes through the mountains to Khor Fakkan.
There are five tunnels in this section, the 1.3-kilometer Al Rogh Tunnel, the 900-meter Al Ghazeer Tunnel, the 300-meter Al Saha 300 Tunnel, the 1.3-kilometer Al Saqab Tunnel, and the 2.7-kilometer Al Sadra Tunnel.
Among projects associated with the new highway are a resthouse and other facilities built at the site of the Al Rufaissa Dam.
The resthouse area covers 10,684-sq m and includes a mosque with a capacity to accommodate 120 men and 20 women, as well as eight external areas capable of accommodating 300 people, a parking lot for 45 cars, a km-long walkway, three 410-sq-m play areas, services facilities and a branch of the Sharjah Cooperative Association.
The lake behind Al Rufaissa Dam has an area of 82,280-sq-m and a depth of 13 to 20 m, as well as an anchorage for 50 boats, stated the Wam report.
Also due to be inaugurated on Saturday is the Four Lakes project, a group of four artificial lakes and surrounding facilities at the entrance to Khor Fakkan, and the Resistance Memorial, which commemorates the people of Khor Fakkan who fought against a Portuguese seaborne attack at the beginning of the 16th Century, it added.
TradeArabia News Service