Phase 1 of Al Marjan Island Corniche project completed

Corniche work creates a 3km long pedestrian and cycling track along the waterfront of island off Ras Al Khaimah
Phase 1 of Al Marjan Island Corniche project completed
By Staff writer
Sat 12 Sep 2015 09:50 AM

Phase one of the Al Marjan Island Corniche project which extends up to Al Hamra Village in Ras Al Khaimah has been completed, creating a 3km long pedestrian and cycling track along the waterfront.

The Corniche – Phase 1 comprises an 8m wide lit waterfront walkway, enriched by landscaping, lighting and shaded seating areas, a running track, a cycling track, two kiosks, a children’s playground, a public car park and bike hire facility.

Al Marjan Island (AMI) Company said the Corniche is located on the south-western edge of the Island, and connects the island’s entrance in the south with the proposed Food & Beverage Boardwalk to the north. 

“This picturesque Corniche is designed to promote family activities and healthy living in a waterside location. It also includes unique public art exhibits celebrating the rich history of Ras Al Khaimah and Northern Emirates,” said Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director of AMI Company.

“The Corniche is one of the hottest projects on AMI. It will follow highest standards, latest designs and innovative architectural styles, developing a unique destination that will further strengthen the position of RAK as a global tourism hub for coming decades.”

Al Abdooli added: “With its existing attractions, the island is drawing a growing number of visitors and tourists. With this project in hand, AMI will continue to raise the importance of business and tourism sector of Ras Al Khaimah.

"There is great potential on this island for business and tourism, and we are very upbeat about the island’s tourism potential in the coming period.”

On Wednesday, it was reported that the government of Ras Al Khaimah has been approached by a number of potential partners to develop large-scale developments at its manmade islands off the coast of the emirate.

Infrastructure at the Al Marjan archipelago is now almost complete and Arabian Business understands the potential partners approached master developer Al Marjan Island Development at the Cityscape Global property exhibition in Dubai with their proposals.

In 2012, the site made global headlines when Spanish football club Real Madrid signed a deal alongside the RAK government and the RAK Marjan Island Football Investment Fund to build a 50-hectare themed resort on the island, which would have included a stadium and museum dedicated to the club, as well as a marina and luxury hotel.

The ambitious project was scheduled to launch in January 2015 but construction never began and, in September 2013, Real Madrid scrapped the plan due to funding issues.

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