Sharjah supports environmental tourism
May 25, 2011
Sharjah is readying to host a heritage and environment festival from May 26 to 28. The 12th Sir Bu Nair Heritage and Environment Festival is being organised and sponsored by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) as part of Sharjah’s strategy to support environment and cultural tourism by conserving and celebrating the emirate’s natural resources and treasures.
Commenting on the Sir Bu Nair Festival, director general, SCTDA, H.E. Mohamed Al Noman said that the authority is keen to promote environment and cultural tourism in the emirate.
“Sharjah’s environment and extraordinary landscape is one of its chief attractions and it must be preserved and promoted through various cultural initiatives in order to promote the emirate as a tourism destination that offers its visitors real experience and understanding of its cultural and environmental treasures,” Al Noman emphasised.
He pointed out, that inspired by the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate has been making efforts to preserve and promote the environment contributing directly to tourism.
“Tourism and environment are two sectors that complement each other in terms of vision and goals. A sound and healthy environment is the right climate to achieve sustainable tourism development,” said Al Noman.
Pointing out that the Sharjah is home to diverse environmental tourism attractions and protected natural areas, Al Noman noted that Sir Bu Nair island, located 65km off the UAE coastline, is an environmentally protected area and is home to rare marine life, in addition to the natural reserves of Khor Fakkan and Zalim desert sanctuary. “There is no doubt that this diversity creates promotional opportunities for the emirate to attract more tourists from around the world,” he added.
The 12th Sir Bu Nair Heritage and Environment Festival with its numerous heritage and cultural events is an important opportunity to promote the culture and heritage of the UAE in general and Sharjah in particular, Al Noman said.
Source: TTG MENA Online