Monthly Archives: October 2015

Russian Dance Show “Kalinka” To Take Place In Al Qasba For A Third Time

Al Qasba, Sharjah’s popular family and tourist destination, will once again host the International Festival – Competition “Kalinka 2015”, bringing Russian and Polish dance and vocal groups to UAE audiences from November 5th to 6th. The two-hour event, from 7:30 p.m. onwards, which is set to take place outdoors in block (D) of Al Qasba is open to the general public and will be comprised of several traditional folklore dance and music ensembles.

The show will include the exemplary dance ensemble VESNUSHKI from the Irkutsk region of Siberia—a 45-year old ensemble that focuses on folklore dances displayed by a team of more than two hundred girls and boys aged 2 to 18; the municipal ensemble RUSSIAN RUZDOLIE, which consists of nine young singers performing folk and popular Russian songs; and the Children’s Choir of the West – Pomeranian University of Technology DON-DIRI-DON, which comprises 11 to 16 year olds specialised in singing well known international choir tunes such as Bob Chilcott’s ‘Can You Hear Me?’, ‘The Song of Crocodile’ and ‘Mamma Mia’.This celebration of Russian and Polish heritage is not only bound to entertain local and expat visitors alike, but inspire audiences to visit Al Qasba’s future arts and culture events and take further interest in global music.”

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Donned in handmade national costumes, the performers are poised to mesmerise visitors who will have an inside look on Eastern European culture through captivating movements, colours and sounds that highlight Russian and Polish tradition and history.

Al Qasba prides itself on giving its visitors the opportunity to enjoy culture, entertainment and leisure attractions representing the very best from the Arab world and beyond, as well as being an outstanding family-friendly venue with a range of activities that caters to people from all walks of life.

Al Qasbaboasts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and tourist attractions including, among others, various restaurants and cafes, the 250-seat Masrah Al Qasba theatre, Multaqa Al QasbaConference and Meeting Halls, Al Qasba Business Centre, Kids Fun Zone, Al Qasba Musical Fountain, the Eye of the Emirates Wheel, and Maraya Art Centre.

Sharjah Launches ‘Mclass’ Smart Hotel Classification And ‘Sharjah’ Mobile App

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced its new smart services, most notably the ‘mClass’ smart hotel classification and the ‘Sharjah’ Mobile App in seven languages, to enhance the tourism experience in Sharjah as it began its active participation at the 35th edition of GITEX Technology Week 2015 in Dubai from October 18 to 22, 2015.

Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, described GITEX as an ideal platform for government entities to inform the public about their latest smart services aligned to UAE Smart Government goals to save people’s time and effort and contribute to sustainable development process.

H.E. Al Midfa said the smart services provided by the Authority come under the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021 which has adopted an innovative approach to tourism as a key pillar of the Vision. “Based on this pillar, SCTDA has offered smart services and solutions for the tourism sector in the emirate, and comprehensive information and facilities to visitors to make their visit a memorable experience,” H.E. Al Midfa added.


The Authority announced on the first day of GITEX Technology Week its ‘mClass’ smart hotel classification application, marking a qualitative leap in the classification of its 105 hospitality facilities. The new smart application, which will be available for download on mobile phones, enhances interaction with hotels and evaluates their performance based on guest reviews.

On the occasion, SCTDA will launch its ‘Sharjah’ Mobile App which will be available in seven languages. It will also offer its ‘Sharjah Perfect Days’ app in seven languages to enable tourists to smart plan their Sharjah visit.

SCTDA showcased its existing smart applications, notably ‘Sharjah My Destination’ tourism portal that is currently available in seven languages. The portal provides comprehensive information to visitors and investors about the emirate of Sharjah and its major tourist locations. It also provides details about the major events and activities organised across the year in the emirate as well as its most important shopping destinations. The portal contains the latest facts and figures about the tourism sector in the emirate and facilities offered to investors.

SCTDA also highlighted at GITEX Technology Week its Interactive Touchscreens offered at hotel facilities in the emirate. The touchscreens provide visitors detailed information in seven languages about Sharjah’s diverse tourism products as well as its cultural centres, geographical details and universities and restaurants.

As many as 2600 companies from 62 countries are taking part in GITEX Technology Week this year.