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Sharjah air passenger traffic grows 3% in Q2 2017

Passenger traffic grew by 3 percent at Sharjah International Airport during the last quarter, as the airport handled 2.75 million passengers during April, May and June, compared with 2.66 million during the same period of 2016. Overall, Sharjah handled 5.5 million passengers during the first half of 2017, about 3 percent higher than the first half of 2016. Sharjah handled ...

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Sharjah launches summer tourism campaign with 50% discounts

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched ‘Sharjah Summer’, a two-month campaign aiming to drive entertainment, leisure, retail and tourism sales, underpinned by discounts of up to 50 percent. It is the emirate’s first summer campaign that integrates offers from airlines, hotels, government institutions, travel agencies, shopping centres and other private sector companies. So far, about 30 public ...

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Wildlife imports bring Sharjah safari park a step closer to opening

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has announced that it has imported 288 wild animals from South Africa into the emirate, bringing Sharjah’s vision for what could be the largest safari park project outside Africa one step closer to reality. The animals are being cared for by experts at the Seih Al Bardi Park (Elebriddi Wildlife Protected Area) and ...

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Strong growth and innovation fuel Sharjah hotel investment and development pipeline

Sharjah’s hotel industry continues to expand across multiple segments of the business, fueled by growth in revenues, the emirate’s economic development and innovation in the local tourism sector. According to Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), which recently launched its own ‘Sharjah Collection’ luxury hotel brand, Sharjah hotel revenues have been growing at 12 percent per annum and are expected ...

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Sharjah handles 2.7 million passengers during Q1

Sharjah International Airport handled 2.741 million passengers during the first quarter of 2017, registering 2 percent growth compared to the first three months of last year. The airport has experienced continuous growth during the past five years, handling 11 million passengers during 2016. Sharjah handled 969,633 passengers in January, 827,369 February and 944,038 in March 2017, peaking at 4 percent ...

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Jannah Hotels and Resorts announces debut Sharjah property

UAE-based luxury hotel operator and developer, Jannah Hotels and Resorts, has announced a new luxury mixed-use development on Al Khan Lagoon, Ras Al Khor, in Sharjah city. According to the hotel group, the 57 storey property will include a high-end shopping mall, office space, hotel apartments and a new luxury hotel and spa to be called Jannah Al Khan Hotel ...

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Hilton brings DoubleTree brand to Sharjah

Hilton has signed a management agreement with Sharjah’s Al Marwan Group to open the emirate’s debut DoubleTree by Hilton property opposite Al Majaz Waterfront in the centre of the city. The US$43 million (AED 158m) development will be called the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront Hotel & Suites and will offer 254 suites and serviced apartments. The new hotel, which ...

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Eco-tourism showcases Kalba’s natural beauty

Far from the bright lights and skyscrapers of the United Arab Emirates’ west coast, Kalba has long been reputed for its peace, tranquility and areas of natural beauty. Now the Kalba Eco-Tourism Project, the largest eco-tourism project in the United Arab Emirates, aims to create a sustainable platform for tourism development. However, the government has been careful to ensure that ...

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Chinese visitors to Sharjah surge 63% in 2016

Sharjah hotels and hotel apartments registered a 63 percent increase in visitors from China during 2016 according to new figures from Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). More than 86,000 Chinese visitors stayed in Sharjah hotels last year, compared with 53,000 during 2015, making China the emirate’s sixth largest inbound tourism market. The UAE’s recent move to introduce visa-on-arrival ...

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Sharjah hotel occupancy growth beats January averages

Sharjah hotel occupancy grew by 5.5 percent during January compared to the same month in 2016, according to the latest report from STR, a firm that provides global data and analysis for the hotel industry. Average occupancy levels across the United Arab Emirates increased by 0.5 percent during January to reach 81 percent, although average room rates at hotels across ...

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