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Cruise Arabia promotes 2016/2017 cruise season

Cruise Arabia, the Arabian Gulf’s cruise tourism alliance, promoted the region’s 2016/2017 winter/spring cruise season at Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 in the USA this month. Sharjah is an active member of the cruise alliance, which also includes tourism authorities from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar and Oman. Seatrade Cruise Global is the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry ...

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Sharjah’s new wildlife centre opens to tourists

A new 12 square kilometre wildlife conservation centre located in the Hajjar mountains, close to the Sharjah Kalba road near the emirate’s east coast, has now been opened for tourists, schools and other visitors. Inaugurated by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre has been established ...

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Sharjah tourism to open five global offices

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has recently revealed plans to open five overseas offices to promote Sharjah as a tourism destination. The authority will open representative offices in China, India, Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia during the first part of 2016. Meanwhile, the authority has forecast a modest 3-5 percent growth in tourist numbers for this year, after a ...

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First phase of Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project opened

The first phase of the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project, which includes the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, has been officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The tourism and heritage project, located in an area of natural beauty 50km to the east of Sharjah city, is being ...

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Sharjah handles 10m air passengers in 2015

Total passengers handled by Sharjah International Airport surpassed 10 million per annum for the first time during 2015, growing 5.5 percent compared with passenger numbers in 2014. Meanwhile, aircraft movements at Sharjah international increased by 1.23 percent to 71,426 in 2015 compared with 70,559 in 2014. Sharjah passenger traffic saw strong growth throughout the year, growing by 6 percent in ...

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Al Noor Island opens to the public

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced the opening of the 45,470 square meter Al Noor Island in Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah. The AED 80 million (US$23m) island development combines art, nature and leisure attractions to create a scenic and tranquil destination in the heart of Sharjah city. Sharjah’s newest leisure attraction has been designed and developed to inspire the ...

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Sharjah’s busy cruise season begins

Sharjah expects as many as 37 port calls from cruise ships during the 2015-2016 season, according to Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), bringing an estimated 80,000 cruise passengers to the emirate. GCC countries will receive more than a million visits from cruise passengers during the 2015-2016 cruise season and Sharjah’s cruise business has been growing steadily. Strategically located ...

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Sharjah puts halal tourism in the spotlight

The fourth OIC Halal Middle East, which is being held from 8 to 10 December at Expo Centre Sharjah, will shine a spotlight on the halal tourism industry. The new vertical segment of the show, Halal Tourism Middle East 2015, is expected to help the local and regional industry tap into the fast growing halal travel and tourism market. According ...

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Sharjah opens tourist-ready wetland conservation centre

The Wasit Wetland Centre in Sharjah’s 4.5 square kilometre Wasit Natural Reserve has been officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The first project of kind in the region, the Wasit Wetland Centre and reserve reflects Sharjah’s aspirations to both protect the environment and to create a ...

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Sheraton opens luxury Sharjah resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has formally announced the opening of the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa, marking its entry in the Emirate of Sharjah and bolstering Sharjah’s proposition for luxury tourism. The Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa features 349 spacious guest rooms and suites, and provides panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the city of ...

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