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Eid holiday expected to boost Sharjah tourist numbers

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 ...

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Sharjah’s strong tourism growth underpins new hotel investment

UAE-based Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) is the latest hotel management group to announce a major investment in Sharjah, unveiling a US$4 million (AED 15m) project to refurbish Sharjah’s popular Coral Beach Resort. A number of hotel projects have already been announced this year, including new properties from Accor, Hues and Starwoods, plus several planned hotels as part of tourism development projects ...

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Sharjah reconstructs Souk Al Shanasiyah heritage site

Construction has begun on the reconstruction of the Souk Al Shanasiyah, one of Sharjah’s traditional market areas that was virtually lost to modernisation and is now being rebuilt on a 5,872 square metre plot in the Heart of Sharjah, one of the largest heritage developments in the Middle East. The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), the investor/developer, aims to ...

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New AED 500 million runway to expand Sharjah International Airport capacity

Construction of Sharjah International Airport’s AED 500 million (USD 136 million) new airstrip is well underway and is work is expected to be completed over the summer months. The airport is one of the Middle East’s top airfreight logistics hubs and the home base of regional budget airline Air Arabia. Sharjah International Airport’s year-on-year growth is strong and it saw ...

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Sharjah tourism authority embarks on Europe-wide roadshow

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has embarked on a roadshow of major European cities to promote the Emirate of Sharjah as a tourist destination. The first part of the European road show includes Austria, Germany and Switzerland and runs from 19-23 May 2014, with further country visits to be announced. More than 250,000 European tourists visited the Emirate ...

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Sir Bu Nuair Island development details unveiled

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced the details of the AED 500 million (US$ 136m) Sir Bu Nuair Island development, a ground-breaking mixed-use real estate development due for completion in 2017. The announcement was made during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2014) in Dubai and is one of Shurooq’s largest initiatives to-date. Renowned for its natural beauty, the ...

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Sharjah International adds 200 more weekly flights

Sharjah International Airport has added 200 more weekly flights to the airport’s summer timetable from this week. The boost in air-traffic comes partly as a result of the shutdown of two of Dubai International Airport’s runways for scheduled maintenance. Dubai International announced a 26 percent cut in the number of flights from 1 May to 20 July 2014, due to the ...

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Sharjah expects to receive two million tourists in 2014

Sharjah’s tourism industry is now reaping the rewards of years of development, with two million tourists expected to visit the Emirate by the end of 2014. According to recent comments by Khalid Al Midfa, Director General of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), hotel revenues are expected to increase 10% during 2014, in line with the expected 10 ...

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