Sharjah’s tourism sector expects a boost from visitors during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the following Eid Al Fitr holidays, which begin next week. The UAE is a popular destination for Eid vacations within the region, where some Middle Eastern countries will celebrate the end of Ramadan with holidays up to 9 days long.
Whilst figures are awaited for the first full half-year, Sharjah registered some 600,000 tourist visitors during the first quarter of 2014 and expects two million tourists by year end. Sharjah International Airport registered 1.7 million passenger arrivals during the first five months of 2014.
Ramadan and the Eid holidays provide a new stream of inbound tourists during the quieter summer months of July and August and Sharjah’s wide range of art, culture and Islamic heritage attractions are expected to resonate particularly well this year with Eid holiday visitors. The emirate’s year as the Islamic Culture Capital has ushered in a long list of events, tourism facilities and investments in tourism and cultural attractions.
Expo Centre Sharjah, one of the city’s main attractions during the Ramadan and Eid period, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year, was already visited by an estimated 65,000 people during the first two weeks of Ramadan. The venue’s Ramadan Festival and Eid Fair traditionally provide a range of family entertainment, retail and dining attractions. As part of Sharjah’s Islamic Culture Capital celebrations, the Expo Centre also offers art exhibitions and theatrical performances, plus public lectures, seminars & panel discussions.
Sharjah was voted the Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015 by the summit of Arab tourism ministers.
Source: Shurooq, Expo Centre Sharjah, media