Sharjah Police have officially closed the Al Faya dune area in the central region of the emirate to prioritize the safety of community members. This decision comes in the wake of a tragic incident that occurred on the night of Friday, November 17, where a young Asian man lost his life in an off-road accident in the Al Faya desert, causing another Asian individual to suffer injuries.
The Sharjah Police General Command has stated that the complete closure of Al Faya dunes is a response to non-compliance with safety regulations and guidelines. Participation in illegal off-road activities poses a risk to the lives of drivers and the families or people accompanying them.
Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, said: “Many members of the public go to desert areas during holidays to enjoy the rainy weather, and among them are young people who enjoy riding sand hills. . who engage in incorrect practices in these areas, which leads to… This leads to many accidents and puts their lives and the lives of others at risk.”
Sharjah Police has carried out multiple awareness campaigns to prevent reckless and unauthorized driving, especially during holidays. The objective is to guarantee the safety of families and people who visit the area for recreational purposes. The authority has warned drivers, highlighting the importance of refraining from performing stunts in sandy areas.
The confinement serves as a warning to vehicle owners involved in this type of activity, urging them to strictly comply with the laws. Additionally, community members are strongly encouraged to immediately report dangerous behavior by dialing the emergency number (999).