Entering the gateway of Fujairah from Dubai and Sharjah one cannot fail to notice the frenetic building activity on both sides of the highway.
On the right side of the highway as one enters the city and the suburb of Haleefath, here are the current construction projects:
KBZF Multi Use Hall
On Plot #1, nearest to the Petrol Station, a sign declares the site of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation (KBZF) upon which is being built a Multi Use Hall. SUN Engineering and Contracting has been engaged to build this new structure. The walls have been erected but looking inside one can see that this is a vast area.
Al Nabooda Automobiles
The next property (Plot #8), is the new home of Al Nabooda Automobiles which will consist of a showroom and a workshop. Al Nabooda Automobiles include Porche, Audi and VW and with one of the signs on the wall stating, “Expect Nothing but the Best’ one should be expecting a high quality building.
Al Tayer Motors
Further towards Fujairah city on Plot #3, Block B) is Al Tayer Motors, which was the first construction to get underway on the right side of the highway in Haleefath. Being built by Amana, this huge building will have a ground floor and mezzanine for a car showroom and a workshop. The vehicles in the Al Tayer stable include Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford and Lincoln.
The construction activity on the left of the Highway 89 is just as active as that on the right side:
Exhibitions and Events
Immediately as one enters the gateway to Fujairah and passes the petrol station there is a large expanse which has been used for events such at the Maktoum Ramadan Tournament in July-August 2010. Currently preparations are underway for this site to be converted in a 40 day Fujairah Shopping Festival. It is unknown as to whether this site will continue to host temporary events or whether it will become the site of a permanent building.
Institute of Applied Technology
A few buildings down and passed the Fujairah Men’s College, the Al Nuaimi Group is well advanced in the construction of a new building behind the front wall of the IAT.
At the first traffic lights, set back from the road is the NMC (New Medical Centre) Al Fujairah Hospital. This hospital is one of a chain of NMC medical centres and hospitals springing up around the UAE. At the outset the cost of the building was 57,333,000 AED. It started back in 2007 and was due to be completed in February 2009. Like many other hospitals around Fujairah the finishing process appears to be very slow.
Fujairah Commercial Complex
On a strategic site (Plot 1A Haleefat), alongside the Fujairah Hospital and opposite the Toyota Motors at the first roundabout that one encounters upon entering the city is a major shopping and commercial district called the ‘Fujairah Commercial Complex’. Initiated by the Majid Al Futtaim Group, this is styled as a City Centre Market and Retail Park. From the pictures on the sign it looks to house some picture theatres and a new Carrefour Supermarket.
See the location of these buildings being constructed within the Fujairah Gateway.
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Take a Look
Some pictures of these construction sites (as at March 2011) can be found in this photo album.
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