UAE: Sharjah

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How can Sharjah leverage its comparative advantages to open new markets for inbound tourism?


Ecotourism is emerging as an important segment of Sharjah’s tourism industry, with a wide range of natural attractions and protected areas in place, as well as two major ecotourism projects currently under construction in the emirate.

Chapter | Tourism & Culture from The Report: Sharjah 2018

Sharjah’s tourism sector benefits from a range of attractions, including its year-round warm weather, beaches, museums, proximity to Dubai’s shopping facilities and status as a regional cultural hub. The sector faced something of an oil price-related downturn in 2015 but has been showing signs of resurgent growth and is attracting substantial investment in the form of a range of...

Chapter | Industry & Energy from The Report: Sharjah 2018

Concentrated in two free zones and 19 industrial zones, Sharjah’s industry and manufacturing sector benefits from the emirate’s low cost base, developed infrastructure and connectivity, and proximity to facilities in Dubai. As a result, Sharjah is one of the most important industrial and manufacturing centres in not only the UAE, but also the wider GCC region. The contribution of the oil and...

COMMUNICATIONS: The country code for the UAE is +971, followed by Sharjah’s dialling code 06. There are three local telecoms providers, du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile. Pay as-you-go SIM cards for du, Etisalat and Virgin Mobile can be obtained at most shopping malls upon presentation of a valid passport...

Sitting on the waters of the Gulf, Sharjah has historically played an important role in the region, having thrived for centuries on fishing, pearl diving and long-distance trade. References to human settlement and commerce in the area can be found across the historical record, with both the ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy and the 15th-century Arab navigator and cartographer...

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