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With Sir Bu Nair Island Festival, Sharjah turns spotlight on green tourism

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, May 24 - 2011 @ 13:30

Commenting on the Sir Bu Nair Festival, SCTDA Director General HE 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 His Highness 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 Emirate of Sharjah is home to diverse environmental tourism attractions and protected natural areas, the Director General said that Sir Bu Nair island, located 65 kilometres off the UAE coastline, is an environmentally protected area and is home to rare marine life, in addition to 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 Sir Bu Nair Festival with its numerous heritage and cultural events is an important opportunity to promote the culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates in general and Sharjah in particular, Al Noman said.

The Sir Bu Nair island is still sparsely populated except for some fishermen families who ply the nearby waters and turtles that lay eggs in the island’s fine sand. A ceramic vessel found on the island dates back to the Iron Age, some 3,500 years ago. Other finds date from between 1,000-1,500 years ago. According to archaeologists, more recent finds, along with the Iron Age ceramic vessel, are evidence of continual maritime activity on the island across the last 35 centuries.

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