Monthly Archives: January 2016

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.

Sharjah Targets More Tourists From Ibero-American Markets During Emirate’s Participation In FITUR Tourism Fair

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will showcase Sharjah’s diverse tourism offerings to a crucial segment of the global travel market as it participates for the fifth year in the FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, one of the most specialised tourism industry exhibitions in the world, which will be held in the Spanish capital, Madrid, from January 20 to 24, 2016.

Led by SCTDA, the Sharjah delegation at FITUR comprises Cozmo Travel, Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA), Ramada Hotel Sharjah and Golden Tulip. The delegation will identify new tour operators and explore opportunities to establish new direct flight connections to Sharjah. The innovative Sharjah stand at FITUR, spread across 70 sq mts, will highlight the emirate’s unique cultural identity.

SCTDA has been participating in international forums and exhibitions on an annual basis as part of its efforts to strengthen the position of Sharjah in the international tourism market. As a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets, FITUR provides an ideal platform to exchange experience and discuss opportunities for collaboration with experts, investors and key players in the field of tourism. It also offers an opportunity to learn the best practices and the latest developments in the international tourism industry.

During its participation in FITUR over the past four years, SCTDA has been successful in introducing Sharjah as an authentic cultural family tourism destination to visitors from Spain and the Iberian Peninsula as well as those from South America.

Central and South America form crucial markets for Sharjah’s tourism sector, especially since these regions have direct flight connectivity to the UAE. Recent research has shown that a large number of tourists from South American markets make a stopover in the UAE, especially in Sharjah, on their way to Middle East tourist locations. With its wide tourism portfolio, ranging from cultural tourism to retail and medical tourism, Sharjah remains a major attraction for these tourists.

Considering that cultural tourism is the main attraction for visitors from these markets, SCTDA aims to attract more visitors to Sharjah and raise more awareness about the emirate as one of their favourite travel destinations.

SCTDA will make use of the Madrid fair to promote its various events, including Sharjah Light Festival, which will be held from February 4 to 13, 2016. The Authority will provide visitors with information and brochures on the tourism sector in Sharjah, and organise a number of activities for visitors.

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FITUR is set to attract nearly 9,500 exhibitors and over 220,000 trade participants and potential travellers from 165 countries, offering SCTDA a major platform to promote Sharjah’s tourism products in the Spanish and European markets.