View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Fujairah Growth Gets Presidential Verdict

The order this week by UAE President, HH Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that a third lane be added to the Dubai-Fujairah highway is the clearest sign that Fujairah is tipped for economic and tourism expansion.

It is also an indicator of the growing policy of regionalizing the economy rather than putting all the eggs into the Dubai and Abu Dhabi baskets.

The Minister of Public Works, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said the widening of the 45 km highway would cost an additional Dh 250 million, bringing the total cost of the project to Dh 1.25 billion.

With speeds permitted of 120kms per hour and with a more efficient transport network it is likely that the lower housing and rental prices will increasingly make Fujairah a major dormitory city for the numbers who will choose to live on the east coast and commute to Dubai whenever necessary.

Geoff Pound

Image: UAE President, HH Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.