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New Sharjah road cuts travel time by half

New Sharjah road cuts travel time by half

The new route includes multiple tunnels cut through the mountains

A new highway linking Sharjah with its eastern holding of Khor Fakkan was officially opened by the emirate’s ruler on Saturday.

Authorities say the four-lane transport link will cut travel time between the two areas by half.

In total it spans 89km and has five tunnels – the 2.7km Al Sidra Tunnel, the 1.4km Al Saqab Tunnel, the 1.3km Al Rogh Tunnel, the 0.9km Al Ghazeer Tunnel and the 0.3km Al Sahah Tunnel.

The new route also includes a rest stop and recreational centre at Al Rafisah Dam.

By boring through the mountains between the two areas the average commute has been reduced from an hour and a half to 45 minutes.

A second phase of the project will include a new road from Khor Fakkan to Shais.

The Sharjah – Khor Fakkan Road forms part of the wider Dhs5.5bn ($1.49bn) Road 142 project.

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