The new Sharjah-Khor Fakkan road.
PHOTO BY SHARJAH MEDIA
SHARJAH – Travel time from Sharjah to the scenic Khor Fakkan area will just take 45 minutes after five tunnels along the Sharjah-Khor Fakkan road and Al Rafisah Dam recreational centre were opened to traffic on Saturday.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, led the inauguration.
It currently takes at least one hour and thirty minutes to travel from Sharjah to Khor Fakkan, but with the new road, motorists will only spend about 45 minutes to get there, according to Sharjah Media.
The new road includes the 2.7km Al Sidra tunnel, which is considered the longest covered tunnel in the Middle East. When completed, the new road will stretch 89 kilometres.
The four other tunnels are the 1.4km Al Saqab tunnle, the 1.3km Al Rogh tunnel, the 0.9km Al Ghazeer tunnel and the 0.3km Al Sahah tunnel.
The new road will make it easier for tourists and residents to access the Al Rafisah Dam recreation centre, which has a restaurant overlooking the lake, a 55-metre industrial waterfall, a children’s play area, and four heritage shops. A hypermarket and a 50-boat docking facility are under construction.
Visitors can also head to the newly restored Wadi Shea Fortress, which features a 730-metre walkway lined with palm trees for those who want to trek from the dam and through the plantations before reaching the fort. GAD/Expat Media
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