By Andy Sambidge
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority inks deals with tour bus, sea plane firms
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced the launch of a tour bus initiative in cooperation with City sightseeing worldwide.
The authority also announced that Shurooq would launch a Seaplane initiative in collaboration with Seawings - the largest flying boat company in the UAE - as it looks to increase its tourism offerings.
Three tour buses will be available in the first phase of the initiative and will be operational during 2012.
The details of the initiative, as well as the routes, destinations, timings and costs of tours will be revealed in the near future.
Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, said: "We are pleased to announce two unique tourism activities which will add to our vast portfolio.
"We signed a cooperation agreement with the City sightseeing worldwide company to equip tour buses in line with the latest world-class specifications so as to provide a distinguished product that would offer a comfortable means of transport and help boost the tourism industry in the Emirate introducing Sharjah's tourist, cultural and heritage."
With reference to the Seaplane Initiative, Al Sarkal said: "The initiative involves operating seaplane tours which will offer tourists the opportunity to take an aerial sightseeing tour."
Seawings will offer a 40 minute "dock to dock" excursion flying from Dubai to Sharjah, he added.
Shurooq was established in 2009 with the aim of achieving social, cultural, environmental and economic development on the basis of Sharjah's distinct Arab and Islamic identity.
The authority's key mission is to provide facilities and incentives which will overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the Emirate, evaluate tourism-related infrastructure projects, and to lay down the necessary plans to complete such initiatives.
Why would anyone want to see Sharjah from the air? I think the authorities should spare themselves the embarassment and rather invest in some asphalt, a logical road infrastructure, sewerage network and last but definitely not least, fine people for the appaling mess that they leave behind after their weekend bbqs along the corniche..
Couldn't agree with you more Omar.
Tourism in Sharjah????? There are not enough tourists in Sharjah to support bus or seaplane tour companies.