Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, has inaugurated the new Khorfakkan highway, which extends 89km and has an estimated cost of AED6 billion.
The new highway is the latest addition to the roads network of Sharjah and the UAE, linking the arterial Emirates Road (E611) in Sharjah with Wadi Shi Square in Khorfakkan.
Accompanied by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the two leaders inspected the intersections, tunnels and underground crossings of the new highway that passes through deserts, plains and mountains.
The highway includes 14 intersections, and 7 underground crossings along with five pairs of tunnels dug through high mountains. These include Al Sidra Tunnel, which at 2,700 metres, is the longest covered mountain tunnel in the Middle East.
They also inspected Al Rafisah Dam, one of the most important family tourism destinations in Khorfakkan. Spanning a total area of 10,684 square metres, it includes a mosque, outdoor seating area for 300 people, car parking for 45 vehicle, a walkway, and three playing areas spanning 410 sqm.
The Ruler of Sharjah also laid the foundation stone for the branch of Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Khorfakkan.
The Academy will grant students a bachelor’s degree in applied, theoretical and maritime sciences.
He also inaugurated the Khorfakkan Lakes and Fountains Project at the entrance of Khorfakkan which features four lagoons and a number of fountains,, and unveiled the Resistance Monument, which is a testament to the steadfastness of the Khorfakkan people in the face of the Portuguese invasion in the early 15th century.
The Sharjah Ruler also announced that many more projects will continue to be developed in Khorfakkan to increase the beauty of the city, and provide it with all educational, sports and leisure facilities.