KHOR FAKKAN 12 April 2019: A number of new projects will be inaugurated in Khor Fakkan on Saturday 13th April, marking a new phase in the development of the infrastructure and tourist facilities in this East Coast city.
They have been undertaken on the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
New Road: The most important is the 89-kilometre Sharjah – Khor Fakkan Road Project, built at a cost of Dh5.5 billion. Passing through the Hajar Mountains, the road is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities to 45 minutes.
The first part of the road, with a total length of 65 kilometres, will be a dual carriageway, with two 7.4 metre lanes on each side, divided by a 10 metre wide central reservation. There are 14 intersections, seven underpasses and several slipways to allow for drainage of water, said Wam.
Tunnel: The second, shorter section, running for 24 kilometres and with two lanes, passes through the mountains to Khor Fakkan. There are five tunnels in this section, the 1.3-kilometre Al Rogh Tunnel, the 900-metre Al Ghazeer Tunnel, the 300-metre Al Saha 300 Tunnel, the 1.3-kilometre Al Saqab Tunnel, and the 2.7-kilometre Al Sadra Tunnel.
Tourism: Among projects associated with the new highway are a resthouse and other facilities built at the site of the Al Rufaissa Dam. The resthouse area covers 10,684-square metres and includes a mosque with a capacity of 120 men and 20 women, as well as eight external areas capable of accommodating 300 people, a parking lot for 45 cars, a kilometre-long walkway, three 410-square metre play areas, services facilities and a branch of the Sharjah Cooperative Association.
4 Lake Project: The lake behind Al Rufaissa Dam has an area of 82,280-square metres and a depth of 13 to 20 metres, as well as an anchorage for 50 boats.
Also due to be inaugurated on Saturday is the Four Lakes project, a group of four artificial lakes and surrounding facilities at the entrance to Khor Fakkan, and the Resistance Memorial, which commemorates the people of Khor Fakkan who fought against a Portuguese seaborne attack at the beginning of the 16th Century.