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The lake in Kalba.

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New souq, tourist spots, big developments in Kalba

 

DUBAI – Sharjah’s historic port town of Kalba will undergo a rapid transformation, with several projects aimed at attracting more tourism in the area.

Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, The Ruler of Sharjah, recently unveiled a series of development projects during a visit to the area. Here’s what we know so far:

Kalba Beach Corniche

The revamped Kalba Beach Corniche has recently opened to the public, with shaded seats facing the sea and picnic spaces for visitors. The new corniche also features a 7.6km-long running track for those who want to enjoy a jog or a walk by the beach. Status: now open Read more

The Kalba Beach Corniche

Heritage Mosque Square

Kalba’s Heritage Mosque Square on Kalba Beach Road opened to the public over the weekend. The square is one of the emirate’s key tourist sites, and is surrounded by landmarks, including the Kalba Beach Corniche and Kalba Fort. Status: open now

Khor Kalba Fort

Work is now completed on the restored Kalba Fort, which features a treasure trove of artefacts. The fort was built around 1745. Status: TBA

Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre

The Khor Kalba Mangrove Center in Kalba City was inaugurated on Sunday (April 11). The design of the centre is inspired by the seashells of the sea hedgehog. Sharjah authorities have  rehabilitated Khor Kalba and added it to the network of reserves being maintained to preserve local environmental life. Status: now open

Khor Kalba Mangrove Center

Souq Al Jubail project

Construction work has begun on the new Souq Al Jubail. The new market will cover more than 32,701 square metres or four times bigger than the existing market. The new souq will house shops for fruits, vegetables, seafoods and meat, and a number of restaurants. Status: in progress

Soor Kalba project

A new development called Soor Kalba project will also rise in the town and will feature 105 mixed-use buildings overlooking the Kalba Corniche. The project is being built with a budget of Dh180 million, with each building designed in traditional architectural style. Soor Kalba, which spans 79,353sqm, will have plenty of greenery, and a lagoon for marine sports. Status: In progress

Kalba Waterfront

The emirate also plans to open a new waterfront project in Kalba. Work on the Kalba Waterfront is already underway. The waterfront will feature a mangrove-lined lagoon, a sprawling park and an outdoor shopping promenade. There will also be an al fresco waterfront dining area and a children’s play zone spanning 1,600sqm. The waterfront will also be home to a new luxury hotel. Status: In progress

Historic house turned museum

Restoration work on Bait Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi, one of Sharjah’s most historic houses, is underway. The house will be converted to a museum and will reopen to the public once finished. The house is believed to have been built between 1898 and 1901. Status: in progress

Clock tower roundabout

Kalba will soon have a new Clock Tower Square with a tower that will stand at 42 metres, with a platform providing a panoramic view of the town and the sea. The Clock Tower Square will also feature a fountain clock and the heritage Saif bin Ghanim Mosque, one of Sharjah’s oldest places of worship. Status: in progress

Kalba Heritage Museum Project

A sail-shaped museum called Kalba Heritage Museum will be built on the seashore. The museum will feature sections on the UAE’s heritage, including fashion and food. Status: in progress

Kalba breakwater project

The first rocks have been laid down as part of the Kalba breakwater project to preserve Kalba’s beach and ecological life. A total of four breakwaters will be built across Kalba. Status: in progress


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