Sharjah tourism industry in full force at Riyadh Travel Fair 2018


During the 2018 edition of Riyadh Travel Fair, which concludes today at the Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has been promoting its latest tourism achievements, developments and projects.

Sharjah-based travel and tourism entities currently attending the show include: Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Air Arabia; Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa; Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah; Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA); Al Rais Tours & Holidays; Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa; Al Bait Hotel; and Sharjah Collection.

Sharjah’s pavilion showcases the most significant and recent tourism and environmental projects, including the Al Badayer Oasis, Kalba Kingfisher Lodge, Novotel Sharjah Expo, Sharjah’s Anantara Resort, Pullman Hotel, Al Bait Hotel, Fossil Rock Lodge and the DoubleTree by Hilton. Three notable pipeline projects include a desert resort in the Mahthab area with 134 rooms, a Tulip hotel with 210 rooms and Ramada Kuwait with 493 rooms.

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Chairman of SCTDA, HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa commented: “The Authority’s participation in the exhibition is an ideal opportunity to showcase Sharjah’s tourism products in the Saudi market, which has grown exponentially in recent years. This will help build partnerships and opportunities for collaboration with the Saudi tourism sector, which is one of the largest Gulf markets that sends tourists to the emirate. We are focusing our efforts on enhancing the contribution of the tourism and commercial sectors to support the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Sharjah by promoting sound planning to ensure sustainable growth in this vital sector.”

Sharjah is a popular option among Saudi tourists due to its diverse offerings, impressive calendar of events and festivals, and high-quality hospitality services and facilities.

Al Midfa elaborated: “The emirate of Sharjah enjoys a prominent position in the Saudi market, attracting around 136,000 Saudi tourists during 2017, as it is an ideal destination for families.

“Through our participation in the exhibition, we look forward to further enhancing Sharjah’s reputation as one of the best tourism and commercial destinations in the world and strengthening cooperation and coordination with various entities to take the ambitious development projects in the UAE forward. These efforts complement the vision of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to increase the number of visitors to 10 million by 2021,” he concluded.