SCTDA moves forward with activating 50 per cent of various sectors


The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has resumed the initiation of the second phase of its recovery efforts – activating different sectors and activities by 50 per cent in the emirate.

The move is in line with the directives issued by the Sharjah Executive Council and its orders to implement preventative measures designed to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

SCTDA recently announced the gradual return of activities within the emirate’s tourism and hospitality sector. The return, which follows the recent reopening of beaches within hotels, spas and restaurants, will be implemented in stages and will not contradict with public safety measures already in place such as sterilisation operations and precautionary standards.

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SCTDA shared that the current phase of recovery is focused on domestic tourism and how to attract UAE citizens and residents as the summer season commences. The move is expected to play a key role in bringing the local tourism sector back to life.

The second stage of the return of tourism and economic activities in Sharjah has also led to the reopening of key cultural attractions such as the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, the Sharjah Art Museum, the Sharjah Archaeology Museum and the Sharjah Aquarium. Five environmental centers – Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre, Wasit Wetland Centre, Al Dhaid Wildlife Centre, Al Buhais Geological Park, and Sharjah Desert Park – have also reopened but will only operate at 50 per cent capacity.

SCTDA further noted that several parks, arts centers, commercial centers and shopping centers in the emirate are set to reopen, provided that they comply with the directives to implement and follow precautionary measures such as physical spacing rules and the wearing of face masks and gloves. Further phases of recovery will be implemented gradually and will involve the review and evaluation of proposals for return to operations of tourist-based facilities.

Chairman, SCTDA, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa stated: “We are pleased to announce the decision to activate 50 per cent of the various sectors and activities in the emirate, which is aimed particularly at bringing life anew to the local tourism and hospitality segments, vital sectors that help support the national economy. Rest assured that we will continue to work in close cooperation with our partners in the public and private sector to overcome this pandemic and help bring things back to normal.”