Sharjah is in the spotlight this week across the Gulf. The emirate hosted its first GCC road show this year in Kuwait today (May 27, Sunday) with leading players of the region’s tourism and hospitality sector attending it in large numbers at JW Marriot in Kuwait City.
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority is heading a delegation of the emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry to the GCC states as part of its efforts to showcase Sharjah’s tourism market and attract more tourists from across the region.
The Sharjah road show being hosted in association with Air Arabia, the region’s leading airline owned by Sharjah, included workshops and presentations by the SCTDA officials and representatives of Air Arabia and hospitality sector on Sharjah’s various tourist attractions, cultural offerings and leisure options.
SCTDA Chairman HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman said that the GCC road shows are a great way to connect with the fast growing regional tourism market. “The GCC market is very important to us. After all, it is our biggest, after Europe. More than 25,000 tourists from Kuwait, among other GCC tourists, visited the emirate last year,” said Al Noman urging the emirate’s tourism sector to tap the vast GCC tourism market.
He said that the Gulf tourism market has grown in extraordinary numbers in recent years with a huge chunk being claimed by the UAE and Sharjah during the summer and Eid vacations.
Pointing out to the fact that Air Arabia now offers 120 flight connections a week from various GCC cities to Sharjah, the SCTDA Chairman said this is already playing a crucial role in encouraging more and more Arab and other families from across the region to choose Sharjah and the UAE for a quick getaway.
He said the Arab families and other visitors from around the world found themselves truly at home and welcome in the secure and family- friendly atmosphere of the emirate. “Various tourism festivals and cultural events hosted by the emirate offer enough avenues and opportunities for Arab families to shop, enjoy various events or just have a good time,” said Al Noman.
The Sharjah Summer Promotions, beginning May 31, with various indoor events and activities, are a major attraction during the summer, said the SCTDA Chairman. “Such events and festivals make Sharjah one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world,” he said.