SHARJAH 18 July 2017: The Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) has announced the launch of the University City Road Enhancement Project, a civic infrastructure improvement project in collaboration with the Sharjah Road & Transport Authority.
The project will transform the land in front of the existing businesses on University City Road, starting from Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road to University City, into a modern, well organised, useable and sustainable public realm.
The space will include wide sidewalks for strolling and cafes, native species landscaping areas, a bike path for exercise and ample parking. It will be constructed with high-quality materials meant to transform the way Sharjah implements future public infrastructure improvements. The project designs and plans are based upon international best practices regarding drainage systems, roads, lighting, parking lots, and green areas.
The project is aligned with the plans of the Emirate, which envisions delivering world-class public utilities, quality community amenities and natural landscapes. This will be accomplished utilising unique designs and top-quality construction materials.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council, said the project has been launched as per the directives of HH The Ruler of Sharjah and it is in line with the SUPC’s goals which aim to respond the needs of citizens, residents and businesses to strengthen Sharjah’s position as a livable, sustainable and environmentally conscious city.
“The project is part of a series of civic improvement projects being executed by the SUPC as part of its comprehensive strategic planning to ensure sustainable development coupled with social, urban and economic integrity at all levels,” Sheikh Khalid added.
Khalid Al Ali, Secretary General of SUPC, explained that the project will extend almost 3km encompassing around 52,000 square metres of land, at an estimated cost of Dh146 million. Full lighting facilities have been ensured along with parking areas for different requirements, including designated spaces for people with disabilities in addition to safe pedestrian passes.
“It will not only improve the quality of life for residents by offering more pleasant and useable surroundings, but it will also help the area businesses thrive by making it a destination of choice. Particularly, the students of the nearby universities would find it an inviting and stimulating place for activities,” Khalid said.
By Sheena Amos