Al Majaz Waterfront Project is an expansion and beautification of the existing park, going above and beyond merely extending greenery in order to enhance this family-friendly leisure area, a waterfront landmark of Sharjah. The park, directly linked to Khalid Lagoon, includes a jogging track, picnic areas, day care center, sculpture and art parks, splash park and Mini Golf course, among others. The Al Majaz Waterfront project seeks to capitalize on the park’s role as a social hub by diversifying what it offers, including a new special area for children including new, safe games as well as commissioning notable names from the international design world to create new landscapes for the park, include leisure and recreational areas, including six new buildings housing international restaurants and cafes, as well as the musical cybernetic Sharjah Fountain, a key feature of the project.
Al Majaz Waterfront boasts of a range of recreational options, ranging from the fun-filled activity centre called Alwan and the 800-square-metre Splash Park, the first-of-its-kind in the region, designed to be completely safe and suitable for children, including easy wheelchair access.
His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated this unique family entertainment destination in March 2012 in the emirate’s most vital and commercial district on the picturesque Khalid Lagoon.
It has an open-air playground that has been specifically designed to provide a safe environment for kids, including those with special needs, to have fun as well as encourage physical activities. The waterfront also offers a jogging track paved using 6,000 recycled tyres and bicycles for rent. Families and groups of friends can enjoy a round of Mini Golf or a picnic on one of the many lawns planted with environment-friendly grass.
Visitors who want to take in the entire waterfront can hop on board the fun family train or take a private abra tour of Sharjah from Al Majaz, or take the waterfront as a major stop along the City Sightseeing Sharjah bus route.
One of the biggest fountains in the Gulf, its cybernetic fountains spanning more than 220 metres perform multiple shows daily with displays combining lasers, light, video, audio and movement.
Two sections of the Maraya Art Park can also be found at Al Majaz Waterfront — the Sculpture Park and the Children’s Art Park. It also houses many world-class restaurants and cafes, including T.G.I Friday’s, Caribou Coffee, Fat Burger, Shakespear & Co. Pizzaro, Baja Fresh, Zahr El Laymoun, Tim Hortons café, Cold Stone, and El Manza, all overlooking the Sharjah Fountain.
When it comes to group leisure activities, few can compete with Mini Golf. This scaled-down version of the gentleman’s game can be enjoyed at almost any age, giving grandparents, parents, and the kids an even playing ground on which to test their mettle. The 18-hole course is the perfect place to come and hone the finer skills of the game and put some basic but highly helpful tips and tricks to the test.
The mini golf course is open from 9am to 12 midnight daily and costs Dh15 a round for children (7-12 years) and Dh25 for adults (12 years and above).
When it comes to fun for the whole family, there is little that can beat a bit of water fun. And, Al Majaz Waterfront’s Splash Park delivers safe and family-friendly fun by the bucket load. Splash Park is what is called a zero-depth aquatic play area, which means there are no pools and no standing water, making it completely safe for any age group. Children up to the age of 12 are free to enjoy the park’s many fun features that include surprising waterspout sequences and beautiful artistic water patterns — the gushing torrents of water in the shape of flowers are known to be a special favorite.
Entry into Splash Park costs Dh30 per child and the park is open daily from 10am to 6pm Saturday to Wednesday, and from 9am to 12 midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and public holidays.
Children can go to the Alwan Children’s Creativity Centre, which offers a social care and learning setting for children to grow and enhance their self-esteem and self-awareness in an interactive children environment.
Children play with water at the Splash Park.
Inaugurated in November 2012 by Shaikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, Alwan boasts of a variety of specially designed areas ranging from an art space, a space designed for handicrafts, a story corner, a computer room, celebration room and sports room.
Parents can bring their kids in for Dh40 for the first hour and an additional Dh20 for the next additional hour. However, children below four years must be accompanied by a guardian. Unaccompanied kids can be brought to Alwan at Dh85 an hour. For the Day Care Programme from Sunday to Thursday, from 9am to 2 pm, for children below four, the fee is Dh1,200 a month.
The musical fountain is one of the biggest in the Gulf with soaring water high in the air. Installed in the late 1970s, the fountain has become an iconic attraction in Sharjah and continues to fascinate tourists and families alike.
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