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Sheik Sultan bin Ahmed along with Sharjah government officials releasing sea turtles during the Sir Bu Nair island festival on Friday Image Credit: SMO

Sharjah: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, opened on Friday the 23rd edition of the Sir Bu Nair Festival, organised by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah (EPAA).

A number of Sharjah government departments are participating in the festival which focuses on highlighting marine life, environment, culture and tourism.

Sheik Sultan bin Ahmed along with Sharjah government officials toured the island reviewing the festival’s diverse environmental, cultural, and tourism events.

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Sheik Sultan bin Ahmed honours participants of Sir Bu Nair island festival. Also present was Hana Saif Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of Environment and Protected Areas Authority. Image Credit: SMO


During the event, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed also visited the exhibition learning about island’s crafts and other marine-related topics. He was also briefed about historical importance of Sir Bu Nair island and its natural environmental elements.

During the festival, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed released sea turtles on the beach of Sir Bu Nair Island. The festival includes a rich and diverse selection of activities, events, and programs that are informative, educational, and entertaining. The festival includes performances of the traditional band and various tournaments such as swimming, football, kayak competitions, traditional rowing, tug of war competition.

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Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed getting briefing about Sir Bu Nair island Image Credit: SMO

Where is Sir Bu Nair Island

Sir Bu Nair Island spans over 13 square km and is located 110 kilometres from the city of Sharjah. The island is distinguished by its sandy beaches and clear waters, its marine life is rich in coral and variety of fish.

The island is of international importance as it has already been included in the International Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar), in order to preserve its environmental components rich in biodiversity. It has also been included in the Unesco preliminary list of World Heritage Sites, and its acceptance in a memorandum of understanding on the protection and management of sea turtles and their habitats in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.

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Water sport display during Sir Bu Nair Festival Image Credit: SMO

Honouring government entities

He also honoured the sponsoring entities of the festival, including the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, the Sharjah Police, Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, Sharjah International Marine Sports Club, Sharjah Sports Council, Tilal Properties, Sharjah Institute for Driving, and Emirates Marine Environmental Group. He presented them with shields as a token of appreciation and took commemorative photos with them.

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Visitors to the 23rd edition of the Sir Bu Nair island festival were treated to a number of sporting events including 'tug of war'. Image Credit: SMO

The festival was attended by Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police (SP); Hana Saif Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of Environment and Protected Areas Authority; Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA); Ali Saqr Sultan Al Suwaidi, President of Emirates Marine Environmental Group; Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority; Asma Rashid Bin Taliah, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah, and a number of officials representing government and private agencies, athletes and interested parties.