Over the last few months the rock port, at the Kalba end of the Fujairah corniche, has been extended.
It has been lengthened and widened considerably and is being made to curve around in line with the Fujairah marina.
The curve has caused some to refer to this as the ‘banana’.
The purpose of this bent rock structure has not been publically explained but the talk is that there may be an apartment development jutting out into the water from the bottom of Fujairah’s main street. The ‘banana’ would give this a necessary ‘breakwater’.
It is uncertain whether the financial recession will cause a delay or a cancellation to this project but whereas Dubai has ‘The Palms’ and ‘The World’, Fujairah could be looking at growing a ‘Banana’ or at least this might provide the protection for a Banana Tree apartment development.
There may be plenty of benefits created by this artificial structure but one drawback is the diminishing of a limitless view of the ocean along the Fujairah corniche and coastline.
How many people like to come down to the Fujairah corniche and look out across the Indian Ocean and think wistfully of loved ones in India, Pakistan and Australia? With the ‘Banana’ and other hotel developments along the beach there will be fewer places where one can get such a vista.
Hopefully the public will have free access to walk out on the ‘Banana’ (without slipping) and get a view not only of the ocean and the horizon but a retrospective view of the city of Fujairah nestled against the Hajar mountains.
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Dr Geoff Pound
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Image: Looking across the marina and Fujairah International Marine Club (enclosed by a smaller breakwater to Fujairah’s sprouting ‘Banana’.