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Sharjah Transportations


Sharjah has been an important trading hub through the centuries and nowadays its strategic location, with access to the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, is as vital as ever. To capitalise on its blessed position, Sharjah has three major ports: at Khorfakkan on the Gulf of Oman and at Khalid and Hamriyah on the Gulf coast. All three are being expanded and upgraded for the future: a free trade zone has been set up next to Hamriyah for example, and this is expanding quickly, with new cement, steel and chemical plants planned.

Sharjah International Airport is fast emerging as one of the most important in the region, served by over 40 airlines flying to 250 worldwide destinations, with passenger numbers in 2007 standing at 4.3m, a 43% increase on 2006. Sharjah-based low cost carrier Air Arabia is a vital part of this, with growth figures that are the envy of the aviation world and big plans for the future, including expanding its fleet and forging deals such as one with Nepal's Yeti Airlines to use Kathmandu as a hub for flights to India and Kuala Lumpur.

Sharjah is currently undergoing a massive road expansion programme, the aim of which is to ease the emirate's congestion woes. However as the number of drivers in Sharjah looks set to grow, some believe projects such as the building of another expressway above the Al Wahda Road and the widening of Emirates Road will not be enough, and to this end the government is carrying out a comprehensive study into public transport options.

UAE Overview

Airports :
41 (2009)

Airports - with paved runways :
total: 24
over 3,047 m: 11
2,438 to 3,047 m: 3
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 4
under 914 m: 2 (2009)

Airports - with unpaved runways :
total: 17
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 5
under 914 m: 5 (2009)

Heliports :
5 (2009)

Pipelines :
condensate 458 km; gas 2,152 km; liquid petroleum gas 220 km; oil 1,310 km; refined products 212 km (2009)

Roadways :
total: 4,080 km
paved: 4,080 km (includes 253 km of expressways) (2008)

Merchant marine :
total: 58
by type: bulk carrier 6, cargo 9, chemical tanker 4, container 8, liquefied gas 1, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 24, roll on/roll off 4, specialised tanker 1
foreign-owned: 14 (Denmark 1, Greece 3, Kuwait 10)
registered in other countries: 313 (Bahamas 23, Bahrain 1, Belize 5, Cambodia 2, Comoros 7, Cyprus 9, Dominica 1, Georgia 1, Gibraltar 3, Hong Kong 1, India 6, Indonesia 2, Iran 1, Jordan 13, North Korea 8, Liberia 23, Malta 5, Marshall Islands 15, Mexico 1, Netherlands 5, Panama 109, Papua New Guinea 6, Philippines 1, Saint Kitts and Nevis 18, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 9, Saudi Arabia 1, Sierra Leone 8, Singapore 12, Somalia 1, Turkey 1, UK 9, unknown 6) (2008)

Ports and terminals :
Mina' Zayid (Abu Dhabi), Al Fujayrah, Mina' Jabal 'Ali (Dubai), Mina' Rashid (Dubai), Mina' Saqr (Ra's al Khaimah), Khawr Fakkan (Sharjah)





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