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Waterfront project to open by end of year

A new waterfront project in Sharjah aims to have the region's largest fountain.

The Dh100 million Al Majaz waterfront project in Sharjah is expected to open before the end of the year.
The Dh100 million Al Majaz waterfront project in Sharjah is expected to open before the end of the year.

SHARJAH // The Dh100 million Al Majaz waterfront project, which will include the largest musical fountain in the Middle East, will open before the end of the year, authorities behind the development said yesterday.

The facility, spread across 21,500 square metres in the heart of the city, is the first project for the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority's Shurooq investment company.

Located on the Khalid Lagoon Corniche, it will be one of the most important recreational sites and family destinations in the country, said Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Shurooq's chief executive.

The authority showed off the facilities including a giant musical fountain yesterday.

With the ability to shoot water up to 100 metres in the air over a pool 220 metres wide, the fountain also boasts sound, lights and lasers.

There are also six buildings that contain fast-food restaurants, cafes and recreational areas, withviews overlooking the fountain at the centre of the waterfront. A number of well-known restaurants and cafes such as Zahr El Laymoun, Pizarro, Café de Roma, Fatburger and Baja Fresh are coming to the project. Tim Hortons will also open in Sharjah for the first time.

"Through this project, the retail sector in the emirate has been developed by attracting a range of these selected international brands. Interior decorating has also commenced, with the new tenants preparing to launch on time," Mr Al Sarkal said.

A splash park with a garden-themed aquatic facility for children and their families will also be opened, he said.

"The 800-square-metre splash park will be a fully automated ... aquatic play area suitable for the entire family, from toddlers to adults, as well as for children with special needs," he said.

"The state-of-the-art technology will optimise water consumption through sequenced activation and low-flow nozzle technology."