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Three new tourism projects for Sharjah

The projects were announced during a Ramadan Majlis

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 18:11 August 4, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • From right: Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Mohammad Ali Abdullah Al No’man, Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, and Marwan Bin Jasem Al Sarkal discuss the three environmental and tourism projects unveiled in Sharjah. The projects were announced during a Ramadan Majlis.

Sharjah: Sharjah will get three new tourism projects as part of the emirate’s plans to develop the tourism sector.

The projects were announced during a Ramadan Majlis titled ”The Promotion of Sharjah’s Cultural, Environmental and Tourism Sectors’.

Held under the patronage and in the presence of Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation, the session highlighted the challenges faced by the eco-tourism industry.

The three major environmental and tourism projects included the Al Hafya Educational Reserve Centre, an enclosure for mountain dwelling animals covering an area of 800 meters in 4 meters, the first-of-its-kind exhibition centre that will remain open throughout the year showcasing predator birds and animals, and a purpose-built recreational water park project for families.

The event also explored ways to attract more projects to Sharjah with the goal of driving the emirate’s tourism sector to its next growth trajectory.

It was attended by Mohammad Ali Al No’man, Director General of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority; Marwan Bin Jassem Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA).

Al No’man underlined the challenges and opportunities faced by the tourism sector in Sharjah, particularly eco-tourism. He said tourism in Sharjah has positively outpaced the momentum of the previous years, thanks to the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Offering an overview of the current and future outlook of tourism in Sharjah, Al No’man pointed out that approximately 1.6 million tourists currently visit the emirate each year.

Al No’man added that Sharjah currently records 80 per cent hotel occupancy. Predicting that the current figure of 9,000 rooms is set to rise to a total of 13,000 in the next few years, he said the growth would enable Sharjah to target new tourism markets in continents such as the Americas and Australia.

Comments (2)

  1. Added 20:31 August 9, 2607

    I am proud to be part of this rich heritage that surrounds me. But if only a tiny percent of the amount spent on these projects be spent on making at least two foot bridges on the Sharjah -Dubai highway, one in front of Al Ansar Mall and the other close to the food court coming towards Sharjah, it could help save many lives as people tend to cross these highways and risk their lives only to get to the other side. Please do not turn a blind eye towards this request as done in the past.

    Sameer, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 20:31 August 9, 2607

    Sharjah needs good road infrastructure rather than tourism projects,

    Usman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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