Distinguished achievers from the UAE’s tourism and hospitality sectors and media were awarded and recognised at a gala ceremony as part of the sixth edition of the Sharjah Tourism Excellence Awards.

The awards are hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

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This year HE Khalid Abdullah Taryam of Dar Al Khaleej Group was chosen as the Tourism Personality of the Year for 2013 for his active role in supporting Sharjah in its publications and media to positively promote the tourism industry in the Emirate. Besides leading the Board of Directors of Dar Al Khaleej Press, Printing and Publishing, he heads a group that has major interests in tourism, which includes hotels within Sharjah and the UAE. The group currently is part of the the management of multiple tourism projects, as well as the upcoming Sharjah Mall, which will be the largest shopping mall in the Emirate of Sharjah.

The SCTDA Chairman emphasized that the year 2013 has been a year of a number of high achievements for Sharjah at local and international levels—achievements that the Authority and the Emirate are proud of.

Sharjah visitors exceeded 1.9 million last year, which means that hotels in the Emirate are able to consistently register high occupancy rates of more than 80 per cent throughout the year, matching other major destinations around the world.