Sharjah: Sharjah Beach is being transformed into a major leisure and tourist attraction, featuring walking and cycling lanes, a seating wall, cafés, landscaping, and much more, officials announced on Saturday.
The Sharjah Beach Development Project has been approved by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
The project, which will develop a 3.3km stretch along Sharjah Beach Road from Sharjah Ladies Club to the Ajman border, is part of the strategic plan of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC).
The seafront promenade will include changing rooms, prayer areas, food trucks, art spaces, public squares, shaded areas, water sports space, and greenery. There will also be parking for 1,100 cars on both sides of the road.
Shaikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of SUPC, said the council has made an extra effort to develop a unique design to meet the ambitions of Shaikh Sultan and to enhance the quality of life of the emirate’s residents.
Shaikh Khalid added: “We are working in cooperation with other government departments, involved in the project, to play our pivotal role and further improve the standard of living Sharjah.”
Khalid Mohammad Al Ali, secretary-general of SUPC, said: “The council is keen to give priority to the implementation of specific projects that will form the nucleus of the transformation being implemented by the council to improve and develop infrastructure, utility and public services in Sharjah, especially its waterfront areas.”
Al Ali added that the natural elements of the landscaping of the project have been carefully chosen to enhance its aesthetics and further improve the quality of the environment to ensure visitors’ comfort. He said local species of heat- and drought-resistant plants have been selected to ensure sustainability of the project.
“To meet the needs of a healthy lifestyle, the beach promenade offers different areas for walking, as well as a bicycle lane, which will be linked to a future integrated citywide network. Additionally, a seating wall will span most of the project offering a place for viewing the sea and relaxation,” Al Ali added.
Sharjah Beach project highlights
3.3km of promenade areas
Five beach areas
Around 1.5km of ‘seating wall’ along the beach
Five different plazas dedicated to community and artistic events
Picnic areas with seating and tables