The massive network of trenches and drains across Fujairah at the moment is a response to the huge allocation of money by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan to expand and strengthen the infrastructure for the growth of some of the smaller emirates in the UAE.
Eric Feferberg of AFP has posted this report entitled ‘UAE to Spend 4.4 billion dollars on Infrastructure’, 22 March 2008:
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan has allocated 4.4 billion dollars for infrastructure projects in parts of the oil-rich seven-emirate federation, the official WAM news agency said on Saturday.
The funds will go towards setting up new towns and intercity highways as well as stormwater and sewage systems in the northern emirates, WAM said without identifying which emirates will benefit from the projects.
The United Arab Emirates comprise the wealthy emirate of Abu Dhabi, the country's capital, as well as the booming state of Dubai -- both of which are spending billions of dollars on their infrastructure.
Northern emirates, where the economy is growing at a much slower pace, include Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.
Sheikh Khalifa is the ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Image: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.