The Kalba Eco-Tourism Project will take advantage of the diverse habitats that are home to a rich array of wildlife on the east coast of Sharjah. The Indian Ocean meets the beach, which gives way to lagoons and mangroves. Going inland, the landscape turns to forests then to mountains. The range of geography creates a unique biome where diverse flora and fauna flourish.
The Eco-tourism Project will provide ways for visitors to enjoy nature in a peaceful setting, take part in experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives and learn about wildlife from both the land and sea.
The planned turtle rehabilitation centre will house a facility for Kalba’s green, loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles, and will support state-of-the-art emergency care, research, monitoring, and long-term treatment. Visitors will have the chance to witness turtles laying eggs at Kalba, which is a major nesting site for the Hawksbill sea turtle.
A Visitors Centre will showcase some of the area’s mountain wildlife such as foxes and reptiles while the Birds of Prey Centre will let visitors get close to falcons, eagles and owls. The centre will also promote the conservation of indigenous birds through education, breeding, research and rehabilitation.
The Eco-tourism Project will also provide many great opportunities for outdoor adventure including kayaking through the mangroves, scuba diving, trekking and mountain biking. After a long day outside, guests have options from lodges to rustic camp grounds.
The project will harness the natural beauty and tourism potential of Kalba by developing an integrated and eco-friendly mixed-use master-planned development. It will delicately balance environmental conservation with low-impact commercial, hospitality and cultural development to create a unique experience-centric tourism destination.
Immersed In Nature
Transforming Kalba into a distinct and authentic eco-tourism destination
A unique experience-centric tourism destination
Maximising tourism opportunities while enhancing the natural ecosystem
Key Project Features:
- Waterfront Promenades
- Luxury 5-star Hotel
- Private Beaches
- Markets – Modern & Traditional
- Retail & Commercial
- Restaurant & Cafes
- Children’s Play Areas
- Visitors Centre
- Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
- Environment Education Centre
- Birds Of Prey Centre
Building on existing activities such as wildlife watching, trekking, camping, canoeing and family picnics
Through the creation of education centres, environmental awareness programs and engineering ways to preserve the natural environment, Shurooq is taking active measures to ensure generations can continue to enjoy one of the oldest mangroves in Arabia.
Under Development Estimated Completion: 2017