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The emirate of Sharjah is adding more projects to its commercial pipeline to boost its commercial viability and popularity as the next preferred destination for investors, tourists and visitors.
The emirate is currently developing the Flag Island project to add to its many attractions. It is located near the old gold souk, fruit and fish markets and hotels. True to its name, the island features one of the tallest flagpoles in the world. Now on its second phase of development, it will feature several recreational facilities that include an art gallery, an open-air amphitheater, dining outlets and shops once it is finished.
Another ongoing development in the emirate is the Heart of Sharjah scheduled to be completed in 2025. Aimed to give the historical district a vibrant atmosphere, the facelift involves restoring historical structures and constructing new ones like hotels, markets, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and many more.
Another project in the pipeline is the Sir Bu Nair Island, a marine and wildlife habitat. Slated for completion in 2017, it will house a five-star hotel, an educational center, a museum, a mosque, an amphitheater, an airport, a harbor as well as many retail outlets and leisure facilities. There will also be residential options on the island such as villas and hotel apartments. The whole development is planned to be designed in a way that it will retain the emirate’s culture and heritage.
Also sprouting all over Sharjah are new mixed-use developments that aim to draw commercial and residential property investors from the country and beyond. Al Rayyan, Tilal City, Shoumous Residential Complex and Al Zahia have all incorporated into their masterplans a wide range of office, commercial and retail space.
• The Flag Island project will have shops, dining outlets, art gallery
• Sir Bu Nair Island will feature a hotel, airport, harbor, retail shops
• New mixed-use projects in the city will offer office, retail space
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer