SCTDA signs MoU to enhance youth hostels in Sharjah


Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Youth Hostel Association and the Sharjah Archaeology Authority to enhance the guidelines, standards and mechanisms in managing youth hostels and improve the quality of services provided to the youth tourism sector, while also preserving traditional houses of the emirate.

This new initiative falls in line with Sharjah’s continuing efforts to further cement its prestigious position on the global tourism map.

The MoU was signed by chairman, SCTDA, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA; director general, Sharjah Archeology Authority, HE Dr Sabah Aboud Jasim; and chairman, UAE Youth Hostel Association, HE Jassim Rajab. It supports SCTDA’s commitment to form strong and strategic partnerships as part of its bid to enhance and invest in the emirate’s tourism resources to increase the economic contributions of the tourism industry. The MoU additionally forms part of SCTDA’s strategy to promote Sharjah’s heritage and historic sites.

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SCTDA will now lead the management, supervision and development of youth hostels in Sharjah, while the Sharjah Archaeology Authority will oversee the maintenance and preservation of the facilities. Meanwhile, the UAE Youth Hostel Association will supervise the management of youth tourism facilities in cooperation with SCTDA.

Al Midfa commented: “We are honoured to sign this new MoU with the UAE Youth Hostel Association and the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, which represents an advanced step in the move to unify and direct joint efforts that will promote our local tourist sites and heritage areas. This will ultimately benefit the local tourism sector and cement Sharjah’s position within the ranks of the most prestigious and distinguished tourist destinations in the world. We look forward to working closely with both entities, especially in the move to improve the quality of youth hostel services and the preservation of traditional houses. Our collaboration will help reinforce Sharjah’s reputation as a distinct destination that combines the past traditions with the present age in an urban setting.”

He added: “We are confident that this agreement, which will further enrich the tourism experience of Sharjah, will help strengthen our initial efforts to promote youth tourism. There is no doubt that improving youth hostels will have a positive impact on the tourism community, as they provide distinguished services that will help establish the emirate as an ideal destination for those looking to experience luxurious but cost-efficient holidays.”