New Sharjah extends out to University City

Inter-emirate traffic to have no stops once full makeover of Al Wahda Street is completed

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By  Eudore Chand Published  May 1, 2004

A ‘New Sharjah’ is beginning to take shape inland around the University City area, as the rapidly growing city desperately needs to find new room for further development. The city has almost exhausted the not-so-long ago vacant land bordering Dubai. It is now filled with skyscrapers. The government has reserved the shoreline up to Al Mamzar for the Corniche development project. The city itself is congested and the only place left for it to grow is towards and across from the airport. “It is logical that the growth of Sharjah should take place in that direction. We are restricted by Dubai and Ajman in our restructuring movement. Thus, the only way for Sharjah to grow is in the direction of the University City, and this is becoming more and more visible,” said Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qassimi, chairman of Sharjah’s Economic Development Department. In a wide-ranging interview with Construction Week, the key Sharjah official revealed that the city has embarked upon a major redesign and re-engineering process, which would see, among other things, inter-emirate traffic flow freely without any stops once the makeover of the high street, Al Wahda Street, is completed. “We have plans to upgrade Al Wahda Street and redesign all the bridges so that there is a free flow traffic system all through Sharjah. There will be no stops,” said Sheikh Tariq. He pointed out that the emirate is spending Dhs1.3 billion on the upgrading of the city’s roads network alone. “We have master plans. We are on to beautification of public areas of Sharjah. Substantial investments have gone into a new road network. We have some Dhs1.3 billion worth of projects in the works”. Sheikh Tariq said the roads network is in six phases and the first phase will be completed by April next year. We are redoing Al Wahda, Emirates Ring Road and Al Ittihad Road from Al Saja to Al Awir. There are four roads that link Sharjah to Dubai. These are being upgraded and new extensions made through industrial areas. Asked about delays in getting electricity connections, the top Sharjah official said he believes that solutions would be in place by the end of this summer. “Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority has major expansion projects. I believe that by the end of this summer, all power and water supply issues will be resolved,” Sheikh Tariq said.

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