Video: Under-construction Sharjah Waterfront City
Construction of the first phase of the waterfront city is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015
A waterfront city is being constructed in the UAE's Sharjah Emirate, with a phase one cost of $2.5bn (AED9.35bn).
Sharjah Waterfront City will span 36km of coastline, across a total area of 557ha (60 million sqf), comprising 10 islands connected by natural canals.
Construction of the first phase, which spreads across 27ha (3 million sqf), will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.
Up to 200 towers residential and commercial towers, 95 apartment buildings, hotels, service apartments, and at least 1,100 waterfront and park-side villas are due to be constructed during the project's first phase.
A water theme park, shopping mall, entertainment centres, schools, mosques, and restaurants will also be built during phase one.