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Dubai: Jumeirah Corniche opens for public on Sunday as work on phase two of the 14km long beachfront completes, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

Phase one of the project — a 2km long stretch from Dubai Sailing Club to Dubai Municipality’s Umm Suqueim Centre — opened in July.

Launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minster of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, work on the Dh100 million project began last year.

Overlooking six residential neighbourhoods, the project gives a complete facelift to the 14km long stretch from Dubai Marine Beach Resort up to Burj Al Arab Hotel, making it a hub of healthy lifestyle in the emirate.

With facilities like jogging, walking, swimming, rowing and cycling the corniche will be a major draw for families as well as outdoor enthusiasts.

“The Jumeirah Corniche is a gorgeous addition to the area offering relaxation as well as offering greater opportunity for the public to enjoy and practice several activities like swimming, jogging and other sports,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA.

Developed by RTA, the entire stretch of the sandy beaches will have all the basic amenities apart from having a five-metre-wide walkway, a four-metre-wide jogging track and a cycling track extending the entire corniche.

“Besides its practical value, the venue is a dazzling recreational facility, and symbolises Dubai’s focus on upgrading the social infrastructure of the emirate in terms of quality public health of the community, offering ample opportunities for practicing jogging, walking and aquatic sports such as swimming, rowing, and other activities befitting all family members and contributing to their physical wellbeing,” added Al Tayer.

The facilities include retail kiosks, shaded benches overlooking the sea as well as showers and public toilets.

The Jumeirah Corniche will be linked at a later stage with the Walk and the jogging and walking tracks of the Dubai Water Canal. The Canal, which links the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf, will add 6 km to the Dubai Waterfront.