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Tue 8 May 2007 02:44 AM

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Sharjah to build $68m island airport

Environmentally sensitive development planned for Sir Abu Nu’air.

Sharjah is to build an airport on Sir Abu Nu’air, according to Gulf News today.

Halcrow International Partnership is design consultant for the project, which is expected to cost in the region of Dh250 million.

An existing airstrip will be replaced with a modern runway, airfield, passenger terminal and control tower. The island’s marina will be dredged and increased in size as part of the development.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, chairman of the Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, said in a statement, "The island is known for its beautiful beaches surrounded by coral reefs, and this low-impact development will allow many more people to enjoy its rugged beauty while simultaneously preserving its natural splendour.”

The island, located 65 kilometres off the coast of Sharjah is renowned for its beaches and natural beauty, and is home to archaeological finds dating back to the Iron Age.

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