Fujairah launches Qidfa Region Development Project

The sustainable development project is the first of the sustainable ‘Emirates Villages’ and aims to boost the area’s tourism potential

The Qidfa Development has been unveiled by Fujairah authorities. It is billed as the first of the ‘Emirates Villages’ – a US $272mn initiative aimed at creating a sustainable development model, which was first unveiled late in November 2022.

According to authorities, the Qidfa Region Development Project aims to attract 100,000 tourists annually by boosting the area’s tourism potential and promoting its distinguished capabilities. The plan also calls for the launch of 50 development projects for the region’s youth, in addition to training 200 young men and women in all areas, in collaboration with strategic partners.

Qidfa Oasis in the UAE is the name given to the location of a burial from the Wadi Suq period (2,000 to 1,300 BC). Archaeological digs at the site of the oasis unearthed hundreds of artifacts that are now on display at the Fujairah Museum. This includes weaponry, pottery and coins. The most interesting of these finds is a bowl made from an ostrich egg, dating back more than 2,000 years ago, a report from WAM stated.

The region is said to offer a myriad of economic advantages, which will enhance its stature in terms of having pioneering villages and will serve as a key region in the country. It also has a $2.72bn power plant that generates electricity for nearly 380,000 homes, the report highlighted.

In early November 2022, Metito said it won a contract to build the second phase of the Fujairah Port desalination plant.

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development in the northern emirate of Fujairah said the Emirates Villages project represents a new milestone in achieving the vision of the UAE leadership by introducing a sustainable development model that accommodates all regions across the country, while utilising the human capabilities and natural resources of each region.

He stated that the project aims to promote tourism and highlight the distinguished potential of Emirati villages, and is focused on driving greater involvement of local communities, enhancing the involvement of the private sector, and advancing the sustainable development model by boosting co-operation between federal and local governments.

The Emirates Council for Balanced Development is working to achieve sustainable development for all regions through a unique development model based on partnerships between the government, the private sector and local communities, he continued.

Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Vice Chairman of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development remarked that the Emirates Villages project represents a distinguished development model that is aligned with the vision of the country’s leadership.

In late November 2022, Rawasi Real Estate unveiled a high-end sustainable community in Fujairah.

He concluded, “The project relies on effective partnership between the government sector, represented here by the Emirates Council for Balanced Development, the private sector, and local communities.”

In early December 2022, Mammoet completed the installation of the UAE’s three largest gas turbines.


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