Move to attract more visitors

AL AIN — The avenue linking Rotana Hotel with the garden in Al Jahli Fort has been closed to the public to facilitate modifications aimed at attracting more visitors and tourists to the ancient fort.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sat 29 Jul 2006, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

Making the announcement, Ali Saif Al Nasry, Assistant Deputy of Roads, Technical Services and Buildings Projects Section of Al Ain Municipality, observed: "The Al Ain Municipality intends to transform the street by conforming to specifications which will enable passers-by and visitors to get a good view of Al Jahli Fort regardless of the direction they pass by."

Al Nasry said that special basalt and design elements would ensure that the street, considered one of the most important in Al Ain City on account of its strategic location in the downtown area, stayed true to its image. The street will come to sport a curve so visitors can enjoy Al Ain gardens, he added.

The Public Garden and Al Jahli Fort Garden would be combined to offer a better view of the historical fort, he said, adding that the Al Ain Municipality had decided on a new system of signboards to mirror the area's tourist heritage.

Al Jahli Fort, located near the Public Garden, was built by Shaikh Zayed bin Khalifa (Zayed, the First) in 1898 to retain the right of entry into the country. It is different from the standard four-sided structure of the other fortresses because of its cylindrical tower.

The renovations are in line with the municipality's policy to beautify cities. "The decision to maintain and develop this important street is also with a view to improving the public appeal of Al Ain as a tourist city that attracts greater numbers of visitors during festivals every year," said the official.

Al Nasry said that the municipality took into consideration Al Ain's success at an international competition "Nations in Bloom."

Al Ain is coming to be counted as a global city holding festivals such as Al Ain Acrobatics Show and Al Ain Classical Music Festival, besides several local and international celebrations, had also been a factor in the makeover decision, he added.

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