New corniche for Dubai

Tourists sunbathe at the Jumeirah Beach

A new 14 km seafront leisure park is set to open in Dubai in a year after the scheme was given royal approval.

Developers say the project will turn the beachfront into a far more vibrant area – offering sports and

other leisure activities to tourists and locals alike.

HH Sheikh Mohammed officially gave the green light for the Jumeirah Corniche Development which will stretch from an area behind the Marine Beach Resort to the Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Sports facilities including walking and jogging tracks, tourist attractions and access to beaches will also be part of the major development – the largest of its kind anywhere in the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed emphasised the project would benefit the mental and physical health of the population of Dubai.“Our objective is to achieve people’s happiness,” he said. “We are keen to establish all the necessary components to make nationals, expatriates and visitors happy and enjoy quality life. Our developmental projects are integrating to attain this ultimate goal.

“We are committed to investing in building healthy human capital through providing an ideal enabling environment.”

Sheikh Mohammed said sport is an essential element for the society and the development would allow for water-sports such as rowing and sailing.

The UAE vice president and prime minister said: “We instructed the concerned authorities to increase the number of walking and jogging tracks around the emirate, and we will create and develop more to serve various residential areas in Dubai.

“We hope the people of Dubai will make use of these tracks and practice sports for the best of their bodies and minds. A lazy individual lacks positive energy and does not innovate or create. We have great hopes for the future, and these hopes will not be realised unless we have healthy and fit people who are able to fulfil their duties toward themselves and their families and stand up for their community and country.” The statement came during his tour of the project site, accompanied by Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Mohammed Ebrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Dubai Ruler’s Court.

Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority – who will be overseeing the architects on the project – added: “The project includes constructing a five metre wide walkway and a  four metre wide jogging track, in addition to lay-by facilities containing kiosks and shaded seating areas overlooking the beach, public and health amenities, in addition to landscaping works.

“The project aims to transform the sandy beach into a more vibrant area by adding aesthetic, recreational elements and public services for beach-goers, be it residents or tourists who flock to Dubai beaches to savour fabulous beach sitting, jogging or hiking.

“Dubai city is a favorite tourist destination for many nationalities, especially during vacations and holidays. This prompted the drive to undertake tourism projects of appeal to tourists, besides standing out as a testament to Dubai’s global standing in design, innovation and creativity.”

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