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RTA awards contract to develop Jumeirah Corniche in Dubai

In 2012, the UAE was ranked the fifth heaviest nation in the world with an average consumption of 3,000 calories per day according to a study. (Image source: Fadhil Kaidy/

Dubai?s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it has awarded a US$27.2mn construction contract to an unnamed company for the Jumeirah Corniche

The project spans the beachside of six residential communities starting at the back of the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa up to Burj Al Arab Hotel in a 14km stretch, rendering it the longest corniche in the emirate, according to the company.

The work on the project started in mid-February and is slated for opening in November 2015. The project comprises the construction of a five metre-wide walk, four metre-wide jogging track, rest areas including retail kiosks and shaded benches overlooking the beach.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board of directors of the RTA, said, ?This urban project is undertaken in response to the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, to make people happier. He considers sport as a key element in building the community and having healthy individuals capable of adding to the development drive. The Jumeirah Corniche will also be a beautiful addition offering rest and relaxation facilities for the public to enjoy and practice a variety of activities, and top class care to all visitors including citizens, residents and tourists heading towards the Corniche for relaxation, swimming or practicing sport.?

He added that besides offering a value-added aesthetic and comfortable relaxation destination, the project also contributes to the improvement of the social infrastructure in the emirate, particularly as regards the quality of the public health of the community in terms of providing wider opportunities for practicing jogging and walking sports as well as a host of water sports such as swimming and rowing among others.

Al Tayer noted, ?Dubai is the favourite tourist destination during vacations and public holidays. This prompted the drive to construct tourist projects offering fun to visitors, and to bear reference to the global standing of Dubai in creative designs and innovation.?