Parks, marina and airport all on the horizon for Ajman

A new airport, marina and three new parks are among the major developments underway in Ajman.

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AJMAN// A new airport, marina and three new parks are among the major developments in Ajman.

The Dh2.1 billion international airport, which is expected to welcome its first flight in 2018, is to be built in Al Manama on the emirate’s eastern border. It is expected to lift the economy in terms of trade and tourism.

Rashidi Omrani, chief executive of Ajman International Airport, said: “One important service is aircraft maintenance, another is cargo, but of course we will have passengers and corporate jets. This project will fuel business and tourism, not only for Ajman. It will be open for big businesses and this is income for the emirate.”

The Dh100 million Ajman Marina is the largest tourism project yet launched in the emirate, with the area designed for international pedigree sports and entertainment events. It will also include cycling and running tracks.

The opening of three parks will add green space to the emirate and encourage residents to lead a healthier life, said Ahmed Saif Al Muhiri, director of Public Parks and Horticulture.

People living in Al Jurf area will be able to enjoy Flag Park, which will feature a 122-metre UAE flag. Al Safia Park in Mushairif, overlooking the creek, will be spread across 129,000 square metres, with 200 parking spaces, 12 bathrooms, a play zone for children, barbecue area, a 1,800-metre running track, 500 palm trees and bicycles for hire.

The third park is planned for Masfout. It will be the area’s first and has been designed to mirror the rugged landscape.