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Sultan inaugurates Shees Park, launches mountain farming initiative

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Thursday morning, made a visit to Khorfakkan during which he inaugurated several tourism and urban facilities and inspected a number of future projects.

The visit comes within the framework of His Highness’s keenness to follow up the progress of development projects in the various cities and regions of the emirate and to check on the conditions of their inhabitants, learn about their needs and provide them with the best cultural, tourism, heritage and social facilities and services.

Beginning his visit to Shees, His Highness was briefed on the plans of the Shees Rest House project located on Khorfakkan Road, which will be implemented in three phases in the northern and southern parts. The rest will include 60 shops. The project will also have more than 217 car parking lots.

Then, His Highness inaugurated Shees Park, where he unveiled the commemorative plaque to mark the official opening. He toured the park’s different facilities dedicated to serving the inhabitants and visitors of the area.

Shees Park is one of the prominent projects that encourage ecotourism, and is distinguished by its unique location between the tall mountains, providing visitors and tourists with a unique tourism experience to explore and enjoy the atmosphere of the mountainous regions.

His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah watched a documentary film about the stages of the accomplishment of the Park, which was completed in 8 months according to the best and latest facilities and services.

After that, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, stopped in Najd Al Maqsar village, which is one of the most important ancient human communities in Wadi Washi located within the historical city of Khorfakkan. There, His Highness unveiled the commemorative plaque announcing the official inauguration of the Najd Al Maqsar Village, following which His Highness was detailed about the project, its importance and historical significance.

His Highness explained that the reconstruction and restoration of this area comes in light of his endeavours to preserve the environment and revive the archaeological and historical areas and equip them to become a distinguished tourist destination that attracts visitors from inside and outside the country, and to be a living witness to the history and nature of life and livelihood of the great ancestors.

The village comprises 13 old houses dating back to nearly a century, which the people then used as a haven from the flow of torrents. Moreover, according to archaeological studies, rocks engraved with drawings of camels and horses dating back to 2,000 years BC were found in the area of Wadi Washi.

There are also historical evidences of the exodus of a number of people from the city of Khorfakkan to Wadi Shai, especially Najd Al Maqsar settlement, during the Medieval Period, at the time of the Portuguese colonisation of the region to seek shelter in its impenetrable mountains.

His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah was briefed about Najd Al Maqsar Oasis and Res House project, and directed the implementation of self-harvesting farms, and the provision of all facilities and services to visitors and tourists wishing to learn about the historical heritage of this region. His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also inspected a number of development projects that serve the region and its people and contribute to stimulating economic and tourism movement in the region.

Qualitative Environmental Initiative

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, launched a qualitative environmental initiative represented in planting a number of mountains located on Sharjah-Khorfakkan Road with several kinds of long-living trees that are commensurate with the prevailing nature of that region.

The initiative aims to preserve the environment, ensure its biodiversity, and revive some areas and planting them with varieties of trees and plants that are compatible with their natural components. His Highness's environmental initiatives have contributed to the preservation of a large number of endangered plants and animals, and their resettlement in their original natural habitats.

After the inauguration, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah planted seedlings of several long–living trees such as Fig, Emirati Fig, Myrtle and Boswellia carteri, and directed each mountain be named after the names of the trees planted there.