Sharjah launches first phase of Waterfront Cycling and Jogging project

The Sharjah Urban Planning Council, SUPC, yesterday launched the Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path project which will serve as the foundation of a multi-phase network of paths stretching across the city.

The project is in line with SUPC’s plans to enhance the quality of life in the emirate by giving residents and visitors alike new healthy transportation and entertainment options in line with the best international standards.

The overall waterfront project will see the development of a continuous series of bicycle and jogging paths along the waterfront from Ajman to Dubai. The first phase of this ambitious project will include the development of bike and jogging paths alongside the city’s popular Al Majaz Waterfront.

In order to move the project forward, the SUPC organised a workshop to explain the objectives and vision behind the project and to get input and feedback from stakeholder agencies. The workshop was attended by representatives of a number of state departments and authorities including the Sharjah Sport Council, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, Roads and Transport Authority, The Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Sharjah Ladies Club, Department of Public Works, and Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Department.

The workshop reviewed different phases of the projects, the alignment of the paths, the proposed family amenities adjacent to the project, materials and other relevant topics. Additionally, the responsibilities of each department and authority concerned were clarified in order to move this project forward.

In his comments on the launch of the project, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of SUPC, said, "We are delighted to launch this new project which comes as part of the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to place the people’s wellbeing and quality of life at the top of the development agenda of the emirate and provide the best levels of services in line with the highest urban, organisational and architectural standards to the citizens, residents and visitors."

H.H. added, "The cycling and jogging track project is considered one of the most fundamental developments found in advanced cities around the world as it embodies the essential concept of sustainability. It is also closely associated with the developmental drive in the economic, tourism and social sectors in addition to its positive impact on enhancing quality of life, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all segments of society."