Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced that progress on the second phase of the Heart of Sharjah development is on schedule, Arabian Business reports.
Shurooq said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM that it has completed the majority of work for the second phase, which includes infrastructure development and the addition of new services and amenities, such as restaurants, cafes, public facilities, children’s play areas and car parking.
It also involves the upgrading of Heart of Sharjah’s internal courtyards and squares that will be used as venues for events.
The main feature of the second phase of Heart of Sharjah is the development of the “natural environments” area, which features mountainous, rural Bedouin and marine environments that highlight the various traditional lifestyles of the UAE.
The Heart of Sharjah seeks to reflect what Sharjah was like over half a century ago. The project will restore and revamp the city’s traditional areas to create a tourist and trade destination with contemporary artistic touches, yet retain the feel of the 1950s.
Scheduled for completion in 2025, the scheme will feature diverse commercial, cultural and residential projects, including a boutique hotel, restaurants, retail shops, art galleries, traditional and contemporary markets, archaeological sites, museums, play areas and commercial offices.
Heart of Sharjah is being undertaken by Shurooq in coordination with the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Sharjah Museums Department and Sharjah Art Foundation, under the directives of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.
Shurooq has collaborated with Sharjah Institute for Heritage in the restoration of Heart of Sharjah’s previously inhabited houses, with the names of their owners retained to preserve its unique cultural character.
“The development work on Heart of Sharjah is in full swing and once completed, it will have a major impact on strengthening the position of Sharjah and the UAE on the global tourism and heritage map. It will also contribute significantly to supporting national festivals and events related to the UAE’s important cultural heritage,” he added.