Sharjah cruise sector gets a boost by Shurooq

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A new strategy is being implemented for 2013, which focuses on development of cruise tourism in the emirate of Sharjah. 

This was recently announced by HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). The Authority has set out a range of various measures and programmes to be carried out in sequence with a particular focus on Khorfakkan Port as well as other Sharjah ports.

According to the new strategy, Shurooq will develop the cruise sector in Sharjah to attract large cruise ships to the emirate’s ports, collaborate with renowned cruise ship operators to include Sharjah’s ports among the preferred tourist destinations. This will be coupled with arrangement of a number of programmes and activities for cruise tourists. The authority, together with a number of specialised international agencies, is currently preparing a comprehensive study to identity the requirements and find the best methods to develop and support this industry.

Al Sarkal further added: “We are working now as part of a dedicated taskforce which we have set up to study the requirements of cruise tourism. We have already achieved several milestones in this regard and are planning to sign a series of MoUs and agreements with specialised international organisations to help achieve this goal. We expect success and strive to achieve it.”

Al Sarkal said that the cruise ship sector is increasingly attracting tourists, especially families, from all over the world, offering them a unique multi-destination experience.
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