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Sharjah Will Spend Dh10bn On Tourism Projects

ImageA top official said Sharjah will spend over Dh10 billion to expand its tourism attractions, including projects in Khor Fakkan, Dibba, and Kalba.   The projects will be implemented in stages through 2010 and will include hotel development, entertainment sites, heritage areas, and mixed use projects.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said “Our aim is to grow the tourism sector by 5-10 percent annually for the next few years.”  Sharjah, the UAE’s third biggest emirate, currently has 109 hotels comprising 8,523 rooms, for an increasing number of tourists each year.  Al Qasimi said the new projects will increase the number of hotel rooms by 50 percent to 12,000 by 2012.

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