Update: Directions + Map for New Sheikh Khalifa Highway
The question most asked around Fujairah at the moment is ‘When will the new, fast highway be open?’ This question is also also being asked by many people in Dubai and Sharjah.
Earlier it was reported that the highway would be opened in July 2011, then September 2011.
The latest official news is that the highway “is set to open early in December 2011.”
Don't hold your breath waiting for the opening day! Add this to the list of those things 'Coming Soon' to Fujairah!
This announcement was made by Sohail Iqbal, Chief Engineer for the Fujairah Municipality, in his keynote address at the France-Fujairah Forum on Thursday 29 September 2011.
(Check this link for other addresses and reports at the France-Fujairah Forum 2011)
Mr. Iqbal mentioned these other details about the highway:
+ Length: 85kms.
+ The Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway will link Dubai to the Central Region of the UAE and Fujairah.
+ It will significantly reduce traveling time by at least 40% between Fujairah and Dubai.
Other reports have mentioned that it will take 45 minutes to travel from Dubai to Fujairah but this depends on your starting and finishing points and how fast you are driving.
Take a Look
* Thanks to Paul Castle for providing this 3-minute video of a drive on a finished section of the Dubai-Fujairah Highway between the Showka and Esfini Interchanges.
* Thanks to Abdulla Al Samahi for posting this photo album of the Highway.
More Fujairah news, info, resources, jobs, event notices, photos and videos are posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.
Image: Snapshot of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sohail Iqbal)