Al Majaz Waterfront To Complete Its New Extension By The End Of The Year

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has announced that it will finalise the new extension of Al Majaz Waterfront, one of Sharjah’s leading family and tourist destinations, by the end of this year. Costing a total of AED 35 million, the Phase Two extension project that is currently 90% complete will add 53,000 square feet to the total area of ​​the Waterfront, taking it to 284,000 square feet.

The extension at Al Majaz Waterfront includes 12 restaurants and cafés – some of which will open for the first time in Sharjah. It also involves increasing the size of the Sharjah Fountain to overlook the series of dining outlets and extending the length of its running track. An extra 165 parking spaces are being added to accommodate the needs of the park’s increasing number of visitors.

“Since its inauguration in 2012, the 231,000 square feet Al Majaz Waterfront has established itself as one of Sharjah’s leading family and tourist destinations and one of the most popular attractions in the UAE. The park has witnessed increasing growth in its number of visitors and draws hundreds of thousands of UAE residents and tourists from across the globe. This underlines the importance of diversifying the tourism product in Sharjah and in providing world-class projects that cater to all family members visiting from across the emirates and internationally;” said Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, COO of Shurooq.

“With the rising number of visitors each year it was necessary for us to proceed implementing the second phase of the project, which includes adding more world-class amenities that will further facilitate the park’s growth. By the end of this phase we will have ensured that Al Majaz Waterfront provides services that meet the highest international standards in hospitality, tourism, leisure and family-based activities. These additions will meet the needs and expectations of visitors and enable us to elevate the aesthetic and cultural scene of Sharjah and the UAE,” he added.

For his part, Mohammed Fadhil Al Mazroui, Manager of Al Majaz Waterfront, said: “The new expansion adds to Al Majaz Waterfront a number of key facilities, most notably a range of cafés and restaurants. We are carefully selecting these to ensure that they will provide the same level of unique services that Al Majaz Waterfront has become renowned for and to provide even more options for our visitors.”

“We have also made some significant adjustments to the design of the Waterfront, increasing the length of its jogging track while maintaining the quality of its design so that it remains as a key sports facility for visitors and residents. In extending the track we took into account sustainability, comfort and safety as main considerations,” Al Mazroui added.

“With the increase in the number of restaurants overlooking the lake, it was necessary to extend the Sharjah Fountain so that the diners in all the outlets – both established and new – are able to enjoy their food with excellent views of the popular water feature. Not only have we increased the size of the fountain, we have developed it further by adding state-of-the-art a range of the latest visual and luminous display devices to offer visitors fantastic fun-filled shows,” he remarked.

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Al Majaz Waterfront features numerous leisure and tourist facilities, such as restaurants, cafés, a playground for children and areas to exercise sport, which has made it one of the most important and favourite tourist destination for families from the UAE in general and from Sharjah in particular.

Al Majaz Waterfront hosts a variety of artistic and entertainment activities throughout the year, including film screenings, stage shows, roaming performers and firework displays to commemorate national days and festivities. In addition, cultural activities are held regularly at Maraya Art Park, which acts as a platform for regional and international outdoor arts projects.

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City Centre Sharjah Offers An Exciting Chance To Visit Incredible Capitals Around The Globe This Season

City Centre Sharjah, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, offers mall visitors in the Emirate the chance to win an exciting trip to visit some of the world’s most captivating cities – London, Paris, and New York – to shop, eat and experience the local culture and entertainment.

Shoppers who spend AED 299 at any one of the diverse retail offerings will be able to enter a grand draw on 6th November and win a thrilling holiday to any one of the three glamorous destinations!

Upon spending the same amount at any of the mall’s participating fashion retailers, shoppers can also enter a weekly draw for the chance to take home the highly anticipated and latest in Apple technology mobile phones – the Iphone 7.

Morning visitors looking to shop during the week between 10AM – 12PM will have the chance to win instant prizes from Sunday to Wednesday! Winners will be rewarded with goodies such as discounted vouchers and Mall Gift Cards and families and children can enjoy the mall’s leisure and entertainment with tickets to Magic Planet.

“City Centre Sharjah is thrilled to be offering an innovative and first time travel experience for shoppers to visit leading fashion capitals of the world! In line with our vision to create great moments for everyone, everyday, we are delighted to enhance our traditional promotions with opportunities abroad and enhanced shopping and entertainment for all,” said Mohammed Al Rais, Mall Manager – City Centre Sharjah.

City Centre Sharjah reinforces its commitment to catering for its community, featuring over 120 value-oriented and affordable brands with additional retail outlets in the pipeline, diverse international dining and café options and a Magic Planet family entertainment centre,  continuing to deliver memorable moments to all.

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Al Qasba Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

Al Qasba, Sharjah’s premier leisure, tourism and family destination, has recently launched the ‘Pink Art’ initiative, coinciding with the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) taking place until 31 October 2016. The event is aimed at helping educate local communities about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and taking preventative measures.

As part of the Pink Art initiative, Al Qasba’s walkways, buildings and canal are dressed in spectacular pink, reflecting the universal colour designated to this cause.

The Pink Art initiative held under its umbrella the ‘Pink Ribbon Exhibition’, which displays two 3D pink ribbon sculptures, signifying the international symbol for breast cancer. The sculptures were designed by Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology’s students, who implemented their constructive ideas on the sculptures seeking to spread a noble message about the breast cancer.  The two sculptures are having an explanation about the core theme of the installations and the names of the students who designed them.

“As part of our social responsibility to supporting all themes and issues that address society’s well-being, we were keen to playing a key role in spreading awareness about breast cancer all month long. We have organised and launched an array of initiatives and events in support of spreading awareness around breast cancer, especially the preventive measures against it. Besides, partnering with our students indicates our efforts to build a keen and responsible generation,” said Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, Al Qasba Manager.

“The pink theme incorporating most of Al Qasba sights, follows the global trend of illuminating international landmark buildings pink through this month-long activity. We hope to draw a smile on the faces of those experiencing cancer and show that we are supporting them fully in their fight against it. We also hope that our initiative will promote a greater understanding of breast cancer within the community and encourage people to follow healthy lifestyles which have proven enormously helpful in decreasing the incidences of cancer,” he added.

Shattaf pointed out that throughout the year Al Qasba hosts an array of initiatives, events and activities which highlight its key role in bringing to the fore important community issues, seeking to provide the community with a better awareness and understanding of matters that affect their lives and well-being at all levels.

Al Qasba aspires to underline the importance of launching initiatives and activities of a humanitarian and philanthropic nature that have the intention of building a generation that is conscious about health and life.

Al Qasba offers an array of state-of-the-art facilities and tourist attractions, including restaurants, cafés, the Kids Fun Zone, the Al Qasba Musical Fountain, the Eye of the Emirates Ferris wheel, the Maraya Art Centre and two libraries, among other facilities designed to meet the needs of visitors of all ages.

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Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Announced As Key Speaker At IIFMENA Conference

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will be a key speaker at the second ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) conference in Sharjah.

The second IIFMENA conference titled: ‘Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region’ is being organised by The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a Sharjah-based international humanitarian body dedicated to aiding vulnerable people worldwide. The event, being conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), is being held in Sharjah on October 19 and 20.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah; and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of TBHF and Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), the IIFMENA conference will provide a platform for engaging discussions highlighting the need to incorporate women and young girls into decision-making through economic empowerment, paying attention to their specific needs in education, skills-training and employment.

The two-day forum will bring together government officials, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, advocates of gender equality, academics and a number of experts and media personalities from across the world.

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of Salam Ya Seghar – a TBHF initiative – said; “We are eager advocates of our girls’ right to education. The UAE, since its inception, has always stood strongly for this. Our efforts are in line with our leadership’s firm belief in knowledge contributing to building and strengthening women’s capacities, allowing them to effectively participate in community development. Educated women are better able to serve their families and nations and can work to a higher capacity to ensure stability and progress in their respective countries.”

Underlining the significance of and the symbolism behind bringing Malala Yousafzai as a key speaker at the event, Al Hammadi said; “Malala is a role model for girls and women across the world. Her fight against the oppressive forces creating roadblocks for female education and empowerment is one of the bravest the world has ever seen. Her determination and insistence in the process to the extent of being shot for her cause not only leaves an imprint on her nation and society, but on ours and on societies across the world.”

Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Northwest Pakistan. She refused the ban issued by the Taliban Movement in 2009 and continued to go to school along with a few girls who decided to hold on to their right to education. Her streak of defiance came out strongly in an Urdu blog she wrote for the BBC, reaffirming that her thirst for education was stronger than her fear of the Taliban. The blog marked a turning point in Yousafzai’s advocacy, which grew into an international movement.

Commenting on her participation in the conference, Malala Yousafzai, expressed her delight for being given the opportunity to talk about the challenges that face girls’ access to education in her country. She highlighted the importance of empowering girls to fulfill their wishes and effectively contribute to developing their communities and getting involved in the development process. She stressed that the impressive presence of international attendees at the conference will allow her to make the voices of her same-aged counterparts heard in order to ensure a better future for them.

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were named joint winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for their outstanding contributions and achievements in humanitarian work.

Participating at the conference also is Ziauddin Yousafzai, recognised for being a Pakistani diplomat, father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, the current UN Special Advisor on Global Education and the educational attache of Pakistan in its consulate in Birmingham, UK. Yousafzai will be one of the key speakers during a panel discussion titled “Combating Violent Extremism”, which is set as the first roundtable panel discussion during the first day of the conference.

The second edition of the IIFMENA conference will strive to further cement the grounds that are being laid for women to be recognised as equals and as agents of change for peace and economic prosperity. The conference aims to support all women, including refugees and displaced persons, by working to meet their needs and to ensure full rights and justice for them.

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All institutions, organisations and individuals interested in registering for the second ‘Investing in the Future’ conference should submit their applications via before mid-October.

MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show

The MidEast Watch & Jewellery show held recently at Expo Centre Sharjah witnessed during its 41st edition an unparalleled success on both international exhibitors and visitors’ level.

Exhibitors of the show showcased the most prominent global brands in watchmaking and jewellery and the latest trends inspired by traditional and contemporary designs to offer the visitors of the show an integrated mix of jewelries to meet their taste and deliver to the needs of their occasions.

During the show’s 41st edition visitors had the chance to enroll in great surprises to win Diamond rings on daily basis and a jewellery set on the last day of the show, yet on the sideline of the show, a series of seminars and lectures were hosted to discuss the latest trends and developments in global jewellery industry.


SMEs: The Lifeblood Of The UAE Economy

The crucial role that SMEs play in the UAE economy was highlighted during a closing session of the first day of Sharjah Foreign Direct Investment Forum (Sharjah FDI Forum 2016), which concluded yesterday (Wednesday) at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre in Sharjah.

‘How important is global connectedness for SMEs?’ was the title of the panel discussion moderated by Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor of fDi Magazine – organiser of the forum in conjunction with the Financial Times newspaper and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Participating in the afternoon event was Robin Butteriss, Managing Director, Deloitte Corporate Finance Ltd and Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa). Among the issues examined by the panelists were how the SME sector was well entrenched in the UAE economic landscape thanks to its excellent banking, finance and regulatory structure and how ease of doing business was a factor associated with an economy’s high proportion of smaller businesses.

“SMEs diversify the economy, allowing greater job absorption and job creation. About 50 per cent of the GCC’s population is employed by SMEs in the UAE, which is higher than the proportion of people employed in this sector in the US and Europe. Ease of doing business and penetration of SMEs have a direct correlation, making the UAE and Sharjah stand out amongst its peers in the global index of doing business. Economic diversification, innovation, job creation and entrepreneurship are the key factors that have helped the growth of SMEs across the GCC,” said Robin Butteriss, Managing Director, Deloitte Corporate Finance Ltd.

“Ïnnovation is the driving force of SME success, in conjunction with hard work and perseverance. Sheraa was established as an initiative from Sharjah to provide an attractive environment which supports entrepreneurs of all nationalities, with a special focus on young Emirati men and women. Our aim through this venture is to allow aspiring business professionals to utilise their creative ideas and turn them into projects that achieve tangible benefits to the community. It aims to generate positive financial rewards that enhance the economic development of Sharjah, the UAE and the wider region,” commented Najla Al Midfa, General Manager, Sheraa.

Wrapping up the first day of Sharjah FDI Forum 2016 was an examination of the factors required for international business growth. Titled ‘Financing cross-border expansion,’ the session saw the participation of Ahmed Abdelaal, Regional Head of Corporate Client Coverage MENA and Head of Commercial Banking UAE, HSBC; Stuart Anderson, Managing Director and Regional Head Middle East, Standard and Poor’s Global and Kazim Ali, Head of Corporate Banking, Noor Bank.

This two-day Sharjah FDI Forum 2016 has been organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The region’s leading forum for foreign direct investment attracted corporate business leaders, public sector representatives and government officials from across the world. Established in 2015, the annual event is a platform for investment stakeholders and provides an analysis of the challenges and opportunities presented by the UAE economy, with a specific focus on Sharjah.

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Sharjah Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Discusses Ways Of Trade Cooperation With New Zealand

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with Department of Government Relations, hosted the New Zealand-UAE Business Roundtable, yesterday (Sunday) at the chamber’s headquarter.

The meeting was aimed at presenting the investment opportunities in Sharjah to the New Zealand business community, boosting the trade exchange and strengthening the investment partnership between the Emirate and New Zealand, to serve the common interests of Sharjah and New Zealand.

Ways to bolster the bilateral relations between the two sides in all economic areas were discussed, with the aim to advance the business and investment cooperation between the Emirate and New Zealand.  Attendees discussed the possibilities of forging joint ventures to take advantage of the existing opportunities in vital sectors such as agriculture, food security and education.

The New Zealand delegation was headed by HE Todd McClay, Minister of Trade accompanied by HE Jeremy Clarke-Watson, New Zealand Ambassador to the UAE, and comprised of an elite group of businessmen representing different sectors, including IT, tourism, education, healthcare, agriculture, food safety and many more.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HE Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), HE Walid Bukhatir, Second Vice-Chairman of the SCCI, HE Khalid bin Butti Al Hajri, Director General of the SCCI, HE Marwan Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and a number of SCCI’s board members and representatives of the business communities in New Zealand and Sharjah.

In his welcome speech, Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, welcomed the New Zealand delegation, on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Sheikh Fahim said: “When looking at the ways in which our two regions are similar, I spotted one clear common goal. New Zealand and Sharjah both understand the need to protect our heritage and language. It is for this reason that Sharjah is the cultural capital of the UAE. With a focus on culture, history and the arts, we welcome tourists from all over the globe that visit our museums, archeological sites and galleries. What started with the first flights into Sharjah International Airport has resulted in Sharjah being awarded the Cultural Capital of the Middle East in 1998 and Capital of Arab Tourism in 2015”.

Sheikh highlighted the Emirate’s competitiveness, saying: “Sharjah is a gateway and the only emirate that boasts ports of both the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Our local champions in the private sector are actively growing exports to the GCC, CIS countries and East Africa. Based largely in our two free zones, the Hamriyah Free Zone with direct access to the port and the Sharjah International Airport Freezone, or SAIF Zone, adjacent to the airport, a large number of multinationals are using Sharjah’s cost competitiveness to export to these thriving markets. From my experience in the private sector, I understand the profitability drivers steer major decisions for companies to locate regional export centers. Sharjah is a cost effective base for multinationals to succeed in serving these new markets”.

“I will be visiting New Zealand in December, and while it will be a personal trip, I look forward to learning more about ways in which we can collaborate.”, he concluded.

In his speech, HE Todd McClay, Minister of Trade, stressed the keenness of the New Zealand government to develop the bilateral relations with the UAE, particularly the Emirate of Sharjah, in different business and investment sectors, due to the geographical location and economic progress in the Emirate.

Todd McClay stated that the value of New Zealand exports to the GCC countries amounted to over $1.23 billion.

He said the purpose of the first of its kind visit was to explore new avenues to strengthen collaboration.

He praised the Emirate of Sharjah and the investor friendly climate it offers to businesses. He expressed his delight at meeting the business community in Sharjah. He extended his thanks and gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The UAE and New Zealand have growing economic ties and a mutual interest to develop these relations. Action was taken in this regard, with the setting up of the UAE-New Zealand Joint Committee. The outcome was a series of MoUs and agreements signed in the first meeting of the committee in last March”.

He added: “Today meeting follows the MoU signed between UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which was aimed at facilitating business and investment between the two countries”.

Al Owais expressed his hope that the business roundtable will contribute to building a sustainable economic partnership between the two sides. He stressed the importance of such meetings in enabling New Zealand businessmen learn about the business friendly environment, flexible legal framework, attractive incentives and many more facilities that help businesses thrive in Sharjah.

The Non-oil trade exchange between the UAE and New Zealand was amounted at AED3.2 billion ($869 million) in 2014, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Economy. The value of trade exchange between the two countries continued its upward trajectory from 2012 to 2014, according to the same report.

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‘Summer Fun’ At Al Majaz Waterfront Attracts High Turnout Of Visitors

Visitors to Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah are currently able to enjoy a host of new activities on offer, with the premier tourist and leisure destination having commenced its exciting ‘Summer Fun’ annual programme which will run every weekend (on Thursday and Friday) up until the end of August.

Starting on the first day of Eid Al Fitr, Summer Fun at Al Majaz Waterfront features an array of specially devised happenings designed to provide an exciting environment for everyone, as well as highlight the beautiful landscape attractions that are a main feature of the popular attraction.

Summer Fun at Al Majaz Waterfront comprises a series of interactive shows held at its Mini Splash Park, one the destination’s key facilities. The first week of the programme witnessed a high foot-fall of visitors, with the entertaining performances that blend circus, art, theatre and music. Children in particular made the most of the face-painting, balloon-modelling and bubble-shows that are also on offer.

The annual programme’s activities are taking place from Thursday and Friday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Mini Splash Park. Tickets are priced at AED 30 each.

“Summer is the perfect time for families to participate in the additional recreation and leisure activities that are taking place at Al Majaz Waterfront, with the time of year seeing children enjoying a long school holiday. The Summer Fun programme has been specially inaugurated to attract visitors and tourists to Sharjah’s unique destination and boasts numerous events and shows all taking place in a fun and engaging environment,” said Mohammed Fadhil Al Mazroui, Manager of Al Majaz Waterfront.

The Dhs120m Al Majaz Waterfront, Shurooq’s debut project, was opened in March, 2012, and is situated in Sharjah’s most vital and commercial district on the picturesque Khalid Lagoon. As one of the premier tourist and leisure destinations in Sharjah, it plays host to all major events in the emirate.

Al Majaz Waterfront houses many world-class restaurants and cafes, including: T.G.I Friday’s, Caribou Coffee, Pizzaro, Zaroob, Zahr El- Laymoun, Tim Hortons café, Cold Stone, ElManza, a fine dining Moroccan restaurant and Shakespeare and Co, and the newly opened Turkish restaurant Sautis. All of these overlook the breath-taking Sharjah Fountain. In addition, Al Majaz Waterfront offers a Splash Park, Mini Golf, Play Area and “ALWAN”, a unique activity centre exclusively designed for children to spend quality time with their parents or simply to have fun.


Al Majaz Waterfront’s Eid Al Fitr Shows Put A Smile O`n Visitors’ Faces

Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah’s premier tourist and family destination, has celebrated the joyous occasion of Eid Al Fitr with an array of special activities under its ‘Summer Fun’ at Al Majaz Waterfront programme. Launched on Wednesday, the first day of Eid and running till Saturday (July 9), the schedule ensured that visitors to the popular location had a smile put on their faces with an array of fun-filled entertainment shows and performances.

Al Majaz Waterfront’s Eid activities, which were held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm each day over the three-day holiday, included bubble-shows, face-painting, balloon-modelling, silent performances from talented mime artists and entrance to the Mini Splash Park, all of which could be enjoyed for just AED 30.

After working up a healthy appetite from all the activities on offer, family members visiting Al Majaz Waterfront during Eid Al Fitr were able to enjoy its numerous world-class restaurants and cafés, including: TGI Friday’s, Caribou Coffee, Pizzaro, Zahr El- Laymoun, Zaroob, Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, fine dining Moroccan restaurant ElManza, Elevation Burger, and Shakespeare and Co., with all outlets overlooking the breathtaking Sharjah Fountain.

The AED 120 million Al Majaz Waterfront is a debut project from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Opened in March, 2012 Al Majaz Waterfront is situated in Sharjah’s dynamic and commercial district on the picturesque Khalid Lagoon. As one of the premier tourist and leisure destinations in Sharjah, it plays host to all major events in the emirate.

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Al Noor Island Welcomed More Than 28,000 Visitors During It’s First Month

More than 28,000 people have visited Al Noor Island, Sharjah’s newest tourist and leisure destination in its first month since opening to the public. The island, which combines art and nature, was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah last month to coincide with Sharjah being selected as the Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015.

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) launched Al Noor Island as part of its commitment to solidifying the emirate’s status as a leading cultural, tourist and investment destination in the region.

Mohammed Fadhil Al Mazroui, Manager of Al Noor Island, said, “We are already seeing the results of Shurooq’s outstanding efforts that has led to the Island attracting over 28,000 visitors and in such a short period of time. We want to make Al Noor Island the one landmark attractions for nature and art lovers and present a cultural image of Sharjah to the world.”

Al Mazroui said that the Island’s design and facilities have been inspired by nature and so the entire island has been built by adhering to international environmental standards in order to make Al Noor Island an ideal destination choice for Sharjah’s residents and visitors to relax. He also said that the motive behind the Island’s design was to create a peaceful and calm haven for visitors.

Al Noor Island houses state-of-art facilities including The Butterfly House, which is one of Al Noor Island’s main attractions. Al Noor Island also hosts eight unique sculptures by some of the world’s most famous artists including the egg-shaped OVO art Installation that has been displayed in leading cities around world and is also one of the reasons behind the tremendous footfall of visitors to the Island.

Al Noor Island is open from 9am-11pm from Saturday to Wednesday, and from 9am-12:00 midnight on Thursday and Friday. The Butterfly House is open everyday from 9am-6pm.

Strategically located in the center of Khalid Lagoon, next to Al Noor Mosque, Al Noor Island is a new tourist destination that keeps step with the development experienced by the emirate, reflects its unique architectural style and highlights its vibrant cultural and artistic stature. The island will stimulate Sharjah’s vibrant tourism sector, increase tourism and contribute to Sharjah’s vision to attract 10 million visitors by 2021.