UAE: Heart of Sharjah on track to complete by 2025
With the majority of works for Heart of Sharjah’s Phase 2 complete, Shurooq is confident that the five-phase project is on course to hit its 2025 completion deadline
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced that it has completed the majority of works for Phase 2 of Heart of Sharjah development.
The five-phase heritage and tourism project, which is being developed over a period of 15 years, is on course to meet its 2025 completion deadline, according to the authority.
Heart of Sharjah’s Phase 2 includes infrastructure development and the addition of new services and amenities, such as food and beverage (F&B) outlets, public facilities, children’s play areas, and car parking areas.
The project’s internal courtyards and squares are being upgraded to accommodate future events, and its Natural Environments area is also being developed.
Yousif Al Mutawa, manager of Heart of Sharjah, commented: “The development work on the second phase of the heritage project is on [track], according to the set timetable and with the continuous support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
“The development work on Heart of Sharjah is in full swing and, once completed, will have a major impact on strengthening the position of Sharjah and the UAE on the global tourism and heritage map.
“It will also contribute significantly to supporting the national festivals and events related to the UAE’s important cultural heritage,” Al Mutawa added.
Infrastructure works conducted as part of Heart of Sharjah’s Phase 2 include the restoration of heritage houses and the addition of new services and facilities.
The project’s Natural Environments area, meanwhile, will feature mountainous, rural Bedouin and marine environments that will be used to highlight traditional lifestyles in the UAE.
Heart of Sharjah is being developed by Shurooq in coordination with the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, the Sharjah Museums Department, and the Sharjah Art Foundation. The project aims to revitalise the emirate’s historical and heritage areas by renovating its traditional buildings and infrastructure.
Heart of Sharjah has been included on a prospective list of World Heritage Sites, compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).