Sharjah: Al Qasba, the premier tourist, leisure and cultural destination in the emirate of Sharjah and the region, attracted 1,376,676 visitors in the first half of 2012, according to the findings of Al Qasba Development Authority.

Around 379,193 people visited restaurants and cafes in Al Qasba, while Etisalat Eye of the Emirates received 54,245 visitors. The play area and kids’ fun zone came third and fourth in number of visitors, followed by Al Qasba Musical Fountain, Masrah Al Qasba Theatre, Multaqa Al Qasba (meetings and conference halls), Maraya Art Centre and the walkways respectively.

Ahmad Obaid Al Qaseer, chief operating officer at Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), attributed the growing number of visitors to Al Qasba’s ability to meet the varied recreational, cultural and artistic needs of visitors and to offer diverse programmes and an ideal environment for all members of family to communicate and socialise. He added that the increasing prominence of Al Qasba as a landmark tourist destination in the UAE and region has also helped increase the number of visitors.

He added that Al Qasba continues its steady growth toward achieving its target of attracting a higher number of visitors in 2013.

Al Qasba is managed by the Al Qasba Development Authority, a sub-division of Shurooq.