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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 April 2019

Residents in Ajman welcome Dh100 million marina

Many already making use of beautiful new beach but parts of the project, including its car park, are still to be completed.
Dh100 million has been spent on creating a vibrant waterfront space in Ajman. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Dh100 million has been spent on creating a vibrant waterfront space in Ajman. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

SHARJAH // Residents have been enjoying the new Dh100 million waterfront development in Ajman, – and have been full of praise for it.

The development, running to 1.5 kilometres, will include walking and running tracks, restaurants and children’s play areas when completed.

Ayman Mahmoud said the new beach was within walking distance for most people from low-income areas and was ideal for families.

“This beach is very beautiful and the sky-blue colours of its amenities and tiles are so fitting,” Mr Mahmoud said.

A cafeteria owner in the area told of how he had previously been asked to relocate to make way for a Dh3 billion residential project, but that was scrapped in 2009 in favour of the current project.

“Now with this alternative project of the marina and beach, we are not being moved and we are instead hopeful of receiving more customers from among the beachgoers,” he said.

Hasib Abdullah, who was on the new beach with two friends on Wednesday night, said it was beautiful but there were still some issues to be resolved.

Mr Abdullah said there was a lack of parking and that “the beach also does not seem to have amenities like public toilets and benches where the elderly and weak people could sit.

“Most people just stop here for a few minutes just to admire how it looks and they move on.”

Yahya Al Reyaysa, director general of the Department of Municipality and Planning in Ajman, said work was continuing to complete services and facilities, which would also include cycling and skating tracks and a designated car park.

Mr Al Reyaysa added that the department’s plan was in line with the Ajman Government’s focus on providing a sustainable environment and modern infrastructure for its residents.

At present, the emirate’s Corniche is the main relaxation and entertainment area. Work to redevelop and expand it is also continuing.

Ajman Corniche already has several restaurants and three five-star hotels, with another two to be added this year.

Other big projects in the emirate include the Al Nuaimiyah and Mushairif bridges, which are due to open this week, and paving works.

ykakande@thenational.ae

Updated: February 27, 2014 04:00 AM

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