Dubai-Fujairah motorway set for July opening

Road will speed up travel times between Dubai and East Coast.
Reaching the East Coast of the UAE will soon become a little easier (AFP/Getty).
Reaching the East Coast of the UAE will soon become a little easier (AFP/Getty).

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The new AED 1.6 billion (US $436 million) highway between Dubai and Fujairah is set to open in July of 2011, the UAE Ministry of Public Works announced on Saturday.

The 45km Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road will link Dubai to the Central region and Fujairah, the UAE based daily newspaper, Khaleej Times, reported.

“The road begins from the entrance of Fujairah City crossing Al Gazirmi locaclity, Wadi Sahm, Asfeeni, Mamdooh, Kadra and Shawka valleys in Ras Al Khaimah, and ends at Maleeha Road in Sharjah, namely at Hamda area,” Dr Abdullah Be Haif Al Nuaimi, undersecretary of the ministry said in the statement.

The road is part of the UAE’s plan for increased infrastructure investment in the Northern Emirates. This investment includes the building of electricity and water networks in the Eastern emirate.

In recent years, Fujairah has seen strong economic growth, built on the back of the expansion of its port, which now rivals Singapore and Rotterdam as one of the world’s top oil bunkering hubs.

In addition, the emirate has focused on attracting increased foreign direct investment for its petrochemical industry in 2011, aiming to achieve $100 million in investment by year end, the emirate’s free zone has said.

Earlier this year, the International Petroleum Investment Company of Abu Dhabi said that the construction of a $3 billion, 200,000 barrel-a-day refinery in the emirate was expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

A 360km oil pipeline, from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, is expected to be commissioned in August 2011.

By Gavin Davids, www.constructionweekonline.com

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