Motorists using the new Shaikh Khalifa Highway, linking Fujairah and Dubai, have called for providing amenities and service facilities like petrol stations, cafeterias, restaurants and rest houses along the highway as soon as possible.
Road users requested municipalities, whose administration covers the highway, to set up the amenities for them to take a break and rest during the drive, which passes through the Hajar Mountains.
They have also demanded a hotel on the highway, especially at the mountainous range to attract tourists.
The highway which connects Fujairah to the eastern city of Kalba on the one hand and Fujairah to Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the other, is about 45km long. Of this, 15km fall within Fujairah passing through the mountains, 25km on plains on each side from Maleha till the Shaikh Khalifa flyover on Sharjah-Kalba Highway intersecting the Dubai Bypass Road.
Musabeh bin Saif Al Khaasouni, Director of the Maleha Municipality, said there are lots of ideas to enhance the road, but eventually it is the concern of the Planning Department of the Sharjah Government.
Khaasouni said that the Sharjah Municipality and the departments concerned are keen to provide amenities and facilities to serve road users.
He stated the first petrol station was opened at the entry of Maleha neighbourhood, a suburban area situated on Sharjah-Kalba highway. He said that more petrol pumps will be coming up on the highway.
The municipal council of Maleha, the Municipality and the Planning Department are working to set up a number of projects within the area. One of these projects, he said, is a Friday Bazaar that will include rest houses, restaurants and cafeterias along with a petrol station and other facilities for the motorists to shop and rest.
However, the Fujairah Municipality said that it has not yet received any applications from the investors to set up petrol stations along the new highway.
The municipality made it clear that the space along the road is not enough to build more petrol stations, particularly inside Fujairah’s administrative borders.