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Quality of life and wellbeing high on Sharjah’s urban planning agenda

Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) has launched the Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path project, a 27 kilometre track that will ultimately link Ajman and Dubai via Sharjah city. The new project is one of a wide range of urban development initiatives in the emirate that focus on the wellbeing and quality of life of its residents.

The Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path project is expected to develop a continuous series of bicycle and jogging paths along the waterfront and will serve as the foundation of a multi-phase network of paths stretching across the city. The first phase of the project will include bicycle and jogging paths alongside Al Majaz Waterfront, a popular urban leisure destination in the city centre.

The Ruler of Sharjah’s directives have put wellbeing and quality of life at the top of the emirate’s urban development agenda, which is now spearheaded by SUPC. The Council’s research-led strategy has so far resulted in a number of projects designed to develop a more sustainable city infrastructure for residents and visitors, enhancing Sharjah’s appeal as an ideal place to live.

New SUPC projects include building new state-of-the-art pedestrian bridges with facilities for the elderly and special needs and high-tech bus shelters with air-conditioning and electronic information boards.

Meanwhile, Sharjah last year embarked on a development project to create parks and recreation areas for its key industrial zones, following recommendations from Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority (SLSDA). The new parks will include a variety of community facilities such as sports facilities, mosques, shops, cafes, administrative offices for municipal services and security.

Sharjah joined the WHO Healthy Cities programme in 2012, to help foster innovation and change to promote public health, well-being and community resources. Sharjah city was officially accredited as the Middle East’s first WHO Healthy City in 2015, recognising efforts to continually create and improve both physical and social environments.

Launching a baby-friendly campaign in 2011, Sharjah signed an MoU with United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) this year to become a ‘Child-Friendly City’. This is expanding its efforts in order to offer greater protection of children’s rights from birth up to 18 years old.

Source: SUPC, WHO, various

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