His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved the Sharjah Beach Development Project, which will create 3.3 kilometres of pedestrian areas, landscaping, sports facilities and public services along Sharjah city’s beachfront parallel with Al Montazah Road. The project falls under Sharjah Urban Planning Council’s (SUPC) strategic plan for developing the city of Sharjah and is expected to turn the city’s beachfront into a world-class tourism destination. The first phases of the project are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.
The Sharjah Beach Development is the second waterfront project announced by SUPC this year. In June, the council launched the Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path project, a 27 kilometre track that will ultimately link Ajman and Dubai via Sharjah 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.
Shajrah has put wellbeing and quality of life at the top of the emirate’s urban development agenda, 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. SUPC is currently working closely with other government departments on the Sharjah Beach Development project.
The SUPC expects that the unique design of the Sharjah Beach Development will make it one of the most popular leisure destinations in the emirate, appealing to both residents and visitors. Sharjah aims to attract more than 10 million tourists to the emirate by year 2021.
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.