Plans to revitalise Khor Fakkan beach will turn an old and sleepy fishing town into a tourist attraction, Sharjah’s development authority says.
The project, which will transform the three-kilometre stretch of public beach into a recreation centre, was announced yesterday by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, also known as Shurooq.
Building on the picturesque beach, which is framed by mountains, will be done in two phases.
The first will begin on the south side of the beach, from the port to the roundabout, and will include an amphitheatre, a walkway overlooking the beach, a skating rink, sports courts, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Restaurants, cafes and beachfront shops will also be built, as will gardens that incorporate Islamic architecture. There will also be changing rooms for swimmers.
The second phase will focus on the northern area of the beach, where picnic areas for families will be established.
A completion date for the development was not announced but it is hoped the project will boost local and international tourism to Khor Fakkan and the east coast, state news agency Wam reported.
Marwan Al Sarkal, executive chairman of Shurooq, said the authority was keen to make Khor Fakkan one of the most attractive tourism destinations, while preserving its aesthetics.
“The city of Khor Fakkan is one of the most beautiful cities on the east coast of the UAE,” Mr Al Sarkal said. “It is an ideal destination for visitors looking to relax in nature.
"The development offers endless attractions for families and tourists. It provides modern facilities and high-end services that will add value and encourage a healthy lifestyle among residents and visitors to Khor Fakkan."
The project was launched under the directives of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and will be carried out in co-operation with the Sharjah Directorate of Public Works and Khor Fakkan Municipality.
Residents welcomed the developments, saying they would introduce the area’s unique landscape to the world.
“Our beach is very unique, where the mountains meet the sea, and it needs such development to catch the interests of local residents and the world,” said Majid Al Naqb, 46, who was born and raised in Khor Fakkan.
“We are very proud of our leaders and we look forward to seeing the project grow.”
Bashair Al Bloushi, a homemaker, said she was looking forward to the opening date.
“It’s a great idea to benefit from the beauty of Khor Fakkan beach and transform it into a world-class spot,” Ms Al Bloushi said. “People come from all over the country to enjoy our beach and with the new project, the area will boom.”