Khor Fakkan welcomes new infrastructure and tourism facilities
On Saturday, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council and Governor of Sharjah, launched the Sharjah-Khor Fakkan highway project, an 89-km highway built at a cost of $ 1.6 billion.
The road passes through the Hajar Mountains and is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities to 45 minutes. The first part of the road consists of 65 kms with two lanes of 7.4 m on each side divided by a central reserve of 10 m wide. It's a highway. Meanwhile, the shortest section of 24 kms, has two lanes and passes through the mountains to Khor Fakkan. It consists of five tunnels.
The Authority of Electricity and Water of Sharjah (SEWA) has completed the installation of more than 2282 lighting poles on the new road. Dr. Rashid Alleem, president of SEWA, said they are willing to make use of the latest international system to install solar lighting poles, according to WAM.
Numerous other developments and heritage projects were also carried out along the highway. These include a rest house and other facilities that were built on the site of the Al Rufaissa Dam. According to reports, the lake behind the dam has an area of 82,280 square meters and a depth of 13 to 20 m, as well as an anchorage of 50 boats.
The rest house is located in an area of 10,684 m2 and includes a mosque with a capacity for 120 men and 20 women. Other amenities of the rest house include eight external areas with capacity for 300 people, a parking lot for 45 cars, a one kilometer walkway, three 410 m² play areas, service facilities and a branch of the Sharjah Cooperative Association.
On Saturday, the Four Lakes project, a group of four artificial lakes and surrounding facilities, at the entrance of Khor Fakkan, and the Resistance Memorial were also inaugurated. The memorial is for the people of Khor Fakkan who fought against a Portuguese maritime attack in the early sixteenth century.
WAM reported that Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sharjah, said that the Eastern Region of Sharjah is experiencing a major boom in infrastructure, services and development projects. He said improvements in road networks were one of the reasons for the continued development of tourist facilities in the city's east coast.