Sharjah is the place to be once again this Ramadan. The emirate offers a complete destination for the entire family with numerous special events and activities being offered during the Holy Month as part of the Sharjah Ramadan Festival and Ramadaniat Al Qasba.
Commenting on the special nature of Ramadan in Sharjah, Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Director General of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, has said that numerous special events and activities lined up throughout the Holy Month have significantly increased the tourist movement into the emirate with shopping malls, stores and hotels offering special discounts and promotions.
The Sharjah Ramadan Festival, hosted by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its 22nd year, is being held from August 4 to September 10 alongside a number of other special events and activities in the emirate such as Ramadaniat Al Qasba and a series of special Ramadan lectures and symposiums by renowned Islamic scholars at Eiman Oasis. The Ramadan and Eid Fair at Sharjah Expo Centre, from August 11 to September 3, is another major attraction of the season.
As a result, more and more international and domestic visitors as well as shoppers are flocking to the emirate, contributing to extraordinary tourist movement to the emirate. The malls and hotels across the emirate are full of visitors these days.
The special Ramadan events are the result of efforts of various government and private institutions in the emirate that work hand in hand to organise best promotional and entertainment activities as well as Islamic and cultural events that revive the old Ramadan traditions of the UAE in general and Sharjah in particular.
Al Noman underscored the significant role big events and festivals such as these play in increasing the hotel occupancy and malls, as is being witnessed during the Ramadan this year. A number of entertainment, cultural and religious activities and promotions are being offered to mark this special period. Ramadan Village in Sharjah Expo Centre and other such activities enhance the coordination between the public and private sectors, strengthening the emirate’s economy and increasing the flow of tourists into the emirate, he said.
Al Noman added: “Sharjah’s natural beauty and tourist attractions along with the number of high profile festivals and celebrations held throughout the year drive us, the SCTDA, to make greater efforts to promote the emirate as a unique destination, attracting more visitors from around the world.”
The SCTDA Director General pointed out that the Sharjah Ramadan Festival has become a regular annual affair in which all sectors participate with most families preferring to spend time around Sharjah this time of the year.
Such events, he said, also immensely contribute to the economy and commerce, making the emirate an attractive venue for exhibitors and shoppers from around the word. The public and private sector also join hands to offer entertainment activities in hotels and restaurants, parks and play areas besides hosting free health check-ups, blood tests and blood donation camps.