Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has sanctioned the Jumeirah Corniche Development project, which will involve developing the emirate’s longest corniche stretching across 14 kilometres, reported official new agency WAM.
The project, to be constructed along the beach adjoining six residential districts, will begin from the area behind Dubai Marine Beach Resort and extend up to Burj Al Arab Hotel.
The project includes constructing a five-metre wide walkway, a four-metre wide jogging track, kiosks and shaded seating areas overlooking the beach, parks, lighting fixtures and public and health amenities.
It will also have facilities for sporting activities such as jogging, walking, swimming and rowing, said the report.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority said: “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.”
Sheikh Mohammed has also directed authorities to link both the project’s walkway and jogging track with the Dubai Canal Project, and for the Corniche project to be completed in one year’s time.
“Our objective is to achieve peoples’ happiness,” WAM quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying. “We are keen to establish all the necessary component to make nationals, expatriates and visitors happy and enjoy a quality life. Our developmental projects are integrating to attain this ultimate goal.”
Sheikh Mohammed also stressed that sport is an “essential element” for the society and a “fundamental prerequisite” for productive individuals.
He 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 correlate unless we have healthy and fit people that are able to fulfill their duties toward themselves and their families and stand up to their community and country.”