The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority has added more feathers to its cap by winning the prestigious MENA Travel Awards 2014 in two categories.

The Authority won the MENA Gold Award in the Best Government Tourism Entity category, and HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority received the Award for the Best Vision for the Future at a glamorous ceremony in Dubai held under the auspices of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquity.

The Authority won the MENA Awards for its outstanding performance in the travel and tourism industry. The award was selected against criteria set by the MENA Travel and Tourism Awards Committee, this included the rate of growth in the number of visitors and tourists during Year 2013 as well as other bench marking of achievements and successes. The votes were collected by an on line voting system which is audited by Price Waterhouse.

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SCTDA Chairman HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman received the MENA Award for the Best Vision for the Future in recognition of his service, future plans and effective strategies for the development and growth of the tourism sector in the Emirate. The Award recognised his contribution to the success of the Authority over the past 15 years and his various initiatives and plans to promote Sharjah and its tourism product at the local, regional and global levels .

In his comments on the occasion, Al Noman stressed that the MENA Awards recognition is the result of the whole Authority’s efforts in cooperation with various government and private sector players working in the tourism sector in the emirate, which translate the vision and wise leadership of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Al Noman said the Awards are a testament to the distinct tourism product of Sharjah and the world-class infrastructure and services offered by the Emirate according to highest international standards.

He said that Sharjah has always strived to provide the best experiences and services to its visitors, and would continue to raise the bar in the future. Sharjah may enjoy a reputation for culture, heritage and families suggesting that we sit in the past. In fact we were the leaders and innovators of this market in the region he added.