Sharjah, May 10 / WAM / The Sharjah Tourism Trade and Development Authority has revealed details of updates to major tourism projects in the Emirates Sharjah and its future plans, as part of its participation in the “Arab Travel Market 2022” exhibition. , which will be held at the World Trade Center in Dubai and will run until May 12, with the aim of shedding light on the future of the travel and tourism industry worldwide and ways to address current challenges and take advantage of the opportunities available.
This came during a press conference organized by the authority on the second day of the exhibition on the “Sharjah Pavilion” platform, in the presence of His Excellency Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority, His Excellency Hana Saif. Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Sharjah Environment and Natural Resources Authority, and His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah International Airport Authority, and Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Acting Executive Director of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority “Shurooq”, in addition to a number of officials and representatives of government agencies and representatives of local and international media.
His Excellency Khalid Al Midfa said that the authority, based on the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to improve the position of the emirate on the global tourism map as a prominent family tourism. destination, is working continuously and continuously with its strategic partners from the public and private sector to design and implement projects and initiatives. It offers diverse and innovative tourism products and experiences for tourists from all over the world.
He added, “Thanks to the continued support of our leadership, the Emirates has witnessed, in recent years, a quantum leap in its major development projects for the tourism sector and in all its cities, including major development projects. infrastructure in different parts and cities. of the Emirate of Sharjah to connect the heart of Sharjah with the cities of the central region and the eastern region. ” The strategic location of the Emirate of Sharjah constitutes a great added tourist value that contributes effectively to the development of the tourism sector and achieves its diversity due to the different experiences it offers that meet different interests and age groups.their categories.
His Excellency explained that Sharjah has worked to develop the hotel sector to include today more than 100 hotel facilities with more than 10,000 rooms and various hotel categories, which include beach hotels in the middle of the city center and others. with emirate character and authentic. heritage, as well as hotels in the central region in Maliha and Al Badayer, which offer experiences A special, quiet stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city amidst nature and terrain diversity between mountains and sand dunes.
In recent years, the emirate has also developed, through the unremitting efforts of those dealing with the tourism sector, especially in the field of ecotourism, exceptional tourism products that enrich the experience of all its visitors and tourists. Different experiences are available in different destinations for lovers of adventure, camping, parks, sea activities, desert and even mountain, in addition to the availability of other experiences for heritage lovers. The arts, history, archeology and many more are a clear indication that the Emirate of Sharjah supports all development plans aimed at ensuring the sustainability of its vital sectors, one of which is tourism as one of the most important pillars of the national economy. .
Al Midfa noted that the number of guests in hotel facilities in the Emirates Sharjah reached more than 350 thousand guests during the first quarter of this year, which is about a growth rate of 26 percent compared to the same period of the year 2021, and the UAE were ranked first in terms of nationalities of hotel guests during the first quarter of this year were followed by India, Russia and the Sultanate of Oman, respectively, in a clear indication of the attractiveness of the Emirate of Sharjah on site for tourists and visitors. within the country.
For its part, SH.T. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi examined the details of the “Sharjah Safari” project, explaining that it is the largest outside the African continent, which includes 12 different environments representing life and terrain in Africa and the animals and birds that live in it, putting notes that safari puts the Emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates at the forefront of attractive destinations for nature and wildlife tourism enthusiasts and contributes to promoting the activity of many sectors, from aviation to hotels.
Her Excellency noted that the authority will hold, during its participation in the Arabian Travel Market, several meetings and meetings with representatives of tourism and hospitality companies to organize visits to the Sharjah safari, in addition to discussing ways to cooperate with relevant authorities. . environmental tourism to create joint events and programs to serve the tourism and environmental vision of the emirate.
For his part, His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Through our participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2022, we look forward to strengthening communication with our counterparts from the aviation sector in various countries. “Looking for possible opportunities for cooperation and translating them into successful and constructive partnerships that enhance the outstanding position they enjoy. Sharjah Airport has one of the most prominent airports in the region.”
He added, “During the event, we seek to introduce the most outstanding services and facilities offered by Sharjah International Airport to its partners in the tourism and travel sectors, and to highlight the most outstanding innovative services and intelligent solutions it offers. “has recently launched .which have enhanced the quality of safety standards and operational efficiency offered to customers and travelers in order to provide a more enjoyable travel experience.” We affirm our desire to enhance the image and cultural leadership position enjoyed by the Emirate of Sharjah as a prominent financial country and cultural hub for global and future tourism investment in the Middle East.
During the conference, Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer praised the tireless and integrated efforts led by the Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority and the solidarity of other bodies and institutions to advance the Sharjah tourism sector and create new opportunities for improve the Emirati position on maps of regional and global tourist cities, noting that this is in line with the directions of Shurooq, who believes that role integration and unity of purpose are the most prominent accelerators of sustainable economic development.
He announced the two new projects that Shurooq is developing, represented in the project “Najd Al-Maqsar Village” and “Saray Pavilion – Khalid Bin Ibrahim House”, emphasizing that these projects reach a variety of options for tourist destinations in Sharjah, and the role complements the hospitality projects developed by “Shurooq”. “In the UAE, we affirm our commitment to work to improve the tourism scene in Sharjah and to encourage investment by maintaining local and global economic partnerships and developing projects in various Sharjah regions within an integrated plan to meet the needs of society in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
The authority heads the Sharjah pavilion participating in the exhibition, which is attended by 24 entities, 7 of which are government agencies and 17 other entities from tourism, travel and hospitality companies in the private sector. Awareness of tourism services and products provided by the authority in cooperation with its strategic partners to build a sustainable tourism sector.