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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Fujairah residents welcome upgrades to popular park

FUJAIRAH // Sitting north of Fujairah overlooking Al Hajar Mountains, Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park has long been a place to unwind, relax and entertain children.

Following a major upgrade, the 39,000-square-metre park has a new lush, green landscape, playground equipment and other facilities.

Residents welcomed the refurbishment, saying many of the facilities were old and in need of maintenance.

“Madhab park is one of the few getaways in Fujairah, especially during cool weather,” said Thuraya Aziz, a 30-year-old Tunisian mother of three.

“My kids love to ride their bikes there due to the huge space compared to other parks. It’s one of our favourite places.”

Ms Aziz said the park now required better maintenance work.

“For a park that has many visitors from around the country, they should keep it maintained and prevent other people from misusing the facilities by adding more supervision and restrictions,” she said.

Another visitor said the park’s ambience was being ruined by litter.

“Many visitors come with their families to have lunch. After they finish eating they leave all the garbage and waste behind,” said Ibrahim Lubani, a Syrian.

“Rules and regulations should be more restrictive and penalties should apply in such cases.”

Mr Lubani said he and his family enjoyed activities such as cycling and playing badminton at the park.

The park has three separate swimming pools for men, women and children, which were renovated.

Salem Al Mukasah, manager of the Fujairah Public Works Department, said it would arrange regular checks to ensure that all the facilities were well maintained.

Jogging and cycling tracks were also added to the park, along with a modern irrigation network.

The department was also planning to upgrade Al Aqeer Park in Merbeh and build a park in Al Tawyeen, he said.

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