His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved a major new public park project in Al Ghail district of Sharjah’s east coast town of Kalba. Sharjah has invested in a wide range of projects in Kalba to develop leisure and tourism infrastructure including eco-tourism developments promoting the area’s natural beauty.
The new Kalba park project will be modeled on the Sharjah National Park near Sharjah city, which is the emirate’s largest with landscape gardens and public facilities covering an area of 630,000 square metres (6.8m sq. ft.). The new landscaped park in Kalba will provide public services such as barbecue areas, sports facilities, toilets, shaded rest areas, public toilets and other amenities. The project will be developed by Sharjah Public Works Department, in addition to smaller public gardens in Al Saf, Mafraq and Al Sayouh districts 4 and 6.
Kalba is an increasingly popular destination for domestic and overseas tourists, easily accessible from Sharjah city via the Sharjah-Kalba highway or via the coastal highway from Khorfakkan port for visiting cruise tourists. Over the past few years, the area’s road infrastructure, coastal defences and public parks and landscaping have all been upgraded.
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) is currently developing Kalba Eco-Tourism Project, one of the largest eco-tourism projects in the region. The project includes managed public outdoor areas, a botanical garden, animal conservation centres, picnic parks and an eco-friendly resort, plus a five-star hotel and waterfront shopping mall project. As part of the project, the authority recently opened Al Hafiya Picnic Park to the public, which is located in Kalba city’s Al Hafiya Nature Reserve.
Sharjah also recently opened a new tourist-ready 12 square kilometre wildlife conservation centre located in the Hajjar mountains, 25 kilometres from Kalba. Although dedicated to the protection of endangered animal species native to the region, the Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre has a full time customer service team, trained guides, a visitor centre and golf carts to transport visitors around the large enclosures. Species housed in the centre include the Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr). the Arabian wolf (Canis lupus arabs), the caracal (Caracal caracal) and the Arabian tahr (Arabitragus jayakari).
Source: Sharjah government, Shurooq