Prepare your rebound travels to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as Sharjah is gearing up to promote four new eco-inspired experiences across the city. Here is all we know about it. By Bayar Jain
If you’re still looking for excuses to head to the UAE, then this one is sure to work. On August 5, His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (SHUROOQ), revealed that four new large-scale tourism and hospitality projects are being undertaken by the authorities. Envisioned for Khorfakkan, Kalba, Al Dhaid, and Mleiha, this four-city project is reported to be in line with SHUROOQ’s vision of transforming the Emirate of Sharjah as a hub of nature-inspired experiences.
In doing so, H.E Al Sarkal hopes to lure overseas travellers as well as local residents to the eastern and central regions of the country, as also directed by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Notably, these regions are considered untapped as of now.
For this, two five-star hotels—a 66-key property at Khorfakkan Beach, and another adjacent to Kalba waterfront—are being constructed. With these projects, a twin purpose is expected to be achieved. H.E Al Sarkal emphasises this in a release. “The two hotels are being developed to promote both Sharjah’s tourism and investment appeal, in the eastern region in particular.” He further adds, “We believe these new projects will offer investors in retail, tourism, hospitality and real-estate lucrative and high-yielding opportunities.”
Moreover, a 60-key experiential family retreat within the Seih Al Bardi Kabeer Park project is also being developed, reports the release. With this upgrade, the park is expected to house 50,000 African animal species. By year-end, the Moon Retreat—a boutique hospitality offering by SHUROOQ— would be open to the public at Mleiha Archaeological Centre.