Living in the middle of the Sharjah arts area for a majority of my life, I feel it has grown with me. Now known as the ‘Heart of Sharjah’ within which the Corniche road is situated, it is the region’s biggest heritage project which began in 2010 with the aim of preserving the national historic landmarks in the emirate. It is being developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) whose aim is to reflect what Sharjah was like over half a century ago by 2025.
The Corniche road forms the waterfront of the Heart of Sharjah project, which is considered to be one of the region’s largest tourism and heritage projects.
As a kid, every morning while waiting for my school bus to arrive, I’d watch hardworking labourers loading and unloading goods (which reminded me of Passing the Parcel at the time). I never imagining that a day would come when that long row of boats across the waterfront would be gone. The transformation never seizes to amaze me.
The busy port has now been transformed into a tourist and trade destination with modern contemporary artistic touches.
People now go for their regular morning or evening strolls while children cycle across the waterfront. The sunset is breathtaking at times where you’d just wanna lean on the railing, have your cup of tea and watch the sky cast that beautiful reddish hue across the horizon.
The Heart of Sharjah is a five phase project that is expected to be completed by 2025, aiming to revive the historic and heritage area. Imagine what it will look like twelve years from now!