New Kalba Road cuts travel from 90 to 60 minutes

Eudore R. Chand

SHARJAH 9 October 2020: H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the Kalba Road and inspected several developmental, vital and tourism projects in the city.

Kalba Road, is one of the most prominent development, service and tourism projects launched by the emirate to develop the city of Kalba in a way that serves the city’s residents and visitors and reduces the travel time between Sharjah and Kalba from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

The Ruler of Sharjah unveiled a commemorative plaque at the inauguration event to mark the opening of the Dh1 billion-Kalba Road, which is 26km long and extends from Wadi Al Hilou to The Flag Square in Kalba, said official news agency Wam.

The Kalba Road includes Wadi Al Hilou Road, which is 12.5 km long, with two double lanes, 26 metres in width, and includes three intersections and 10 crossings, while Wadi Madiq Road, which is 8.5km long, includes a two-lane 450-metre long mountain tunnel, five crossings and one intersection.

Dr. Sheikh Sultan also inspected several projects built on both sides of Kalba Road, including the green spaces forming hanging gardens, in addition to a 2km-long Yahar Lagoon project.

Hanging Gardens

He stopped at Wadi Al Ghail Dam where he was briefed about the plans of projects. He directed officials to develop Wadi Al Ghail and establish a garden and places for camping as well as other mobile food carts and a mountain walkway. He ordered the planting of a million Sidr trees around the dam and the valley to the summits of the surrounding mountains.

Dr. Sheikh Sultan further inspected the Kalba Corniche project, which extends over 9.5km, and has been provided with all services and facilities including a series of restaurants, shops, recreational facilities, green parks, children’s play areas and other playgrounds for adults.

The project includes 2,200 parking spaces in addition to 85 parking spaces allocated for people with disabilities, 14 pedestrian paths, a park, beaches, and a garden of 8 km long. A 7km jogging track has been implemented. Dr. Sheikh Sultan also visited the Kalba Literary Council and toured the various departments and sections of the building.

During the tour, the Ruler of Sharjah was accompanied by Sheikh Saeed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Chief of the Ruler’s Office in Khorfakkan; Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Chief of the Sharjah Ruler’s Office in Kalba; Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Department of Culture; Yousef Saleh Al Suwaiji, Chairman of the Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, SRTA; Khaled bin Butti Al Muhairi, Department of Town Planning and Survey (DTPS), and Salah bin Butti Al Muhairi, Adviser to the Sharjah Department of Town Planning and Survey, SDTPS.

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