The UIM F1H20 World Powerboat Championship hosted by Sharjah concluded on an exciting note and achieved positive results by attracting large numbers of visitors from across the country and the region to the emirate.

“More than 75,000 spectators watched the grand race in Khalid Lagoon this weekend.  It once again confirms the importance of this grand sporting spectacle in the emirate’s calendar,”  HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman Development Authority Sharjah Commerce and Tourism said today.

The SCTDA Chairman said that every year thousands of Sharjah and UAE residents and international visitors keep their date with the international Formula 1 Powerboat Championship, the Sharjah Grand Prix, held in December.  The final round of the World Powerboat Championship, hosted by Sharjah for the 13th consecutive year, is considered crucial and is followed by motorsport enthusiasts from around the world.

The UIM F1H20 World Championship, held on December 6-7 December was flagged off and witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah flagged off. The Crown Prince later feted the winners.  The local hero Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qamzi earned himself the first place in Sharjah Grand Prix and the third position in the final round of the UIM World Championship. The Italian Alex Carrella was crowned the world champion for 2012.

With the curtain coming down on the Sharjah Grand Prix, the spotlight has shifted to the Sharjah Water Festival 2012 that opens on December 12 at Al Majaz Park next to Khalid Lagoon.  The SCTDA is making arrangements and giving final touches to the venue, which promises to bring loads of fun and games for both the young and old.

On the offer are internationally renowned Russian Circus on Water, Sinbad’s Adventures, Burmese Puppet Shows, Ohmies American musical and theatre performances etc., besides a lot of other regular features.  Meanwhile the Sharjah Water Festival mascot Mouj met and interacted with thousands of students from the emirate’s schools at the Cultural Palace inviting them to join the fun at Al Majaz Park once again.