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Date Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Director General, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority on Wednesday unveiled the UIM F1 H20 World Powerboat Championship, the Sharjah Grand Prix, to be held on December 18 and 19 in Khalid Lagoon, in the presence of UIM promoter Nicolo Di San Germano, participating world champions and local and international media. Welcoming international teams and media, Al Midfa expressed the Authority’s pleasure in hosting the F1 H20 World Powerboat Championship for the 15th consecutive year, emphasising that the Sharjah Grand Prix has emerged as one of the major sporting events in the region. The grand finale of the UIM F1 H20 Powerboat Championship is the highlight of the Sharjah Water Festival which every year brings with it a host of exciting, world-class activities and entertainment for the whole family. Al Midfa said that the World Powerboat Championship, the Sharjah Grand Prix, which is being held in the picturesque Khalid Lagoon once again, has registered tremendous success over the past few years and is eagerly awaited by motorsports enthusiasts and the people of Sharjah and UAE. He stressed that this success couldn’t have been achieved without the continuous support and patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. The SCTDA Director General said that since the beginning of this year Sharjah has been the focus of attention across the Arab and Islamic world thanks to special events and activities marking the emirate’s crowning as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014. Al Midfa said that the successful hosting of events like the World Powerboat Championship have brought Sharjah this international recognition and honour. Al Midfa emphasised that the year ahead will also be a year of celebrations with the Authority joining other Sharjah government entities in celebrating the emirate’s selection as the Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015 with a number of outstanding events and activities that shine the light on Sharjah’s tourist and cultural attractions. The World Powerboat Championship organised by the SCTDA is one of the most prominent events hosted by Sharjah and reinforces the emirate’s status as a leading destination for family festivals and international sporting events such as the Sharjah Water Festival, Sharjah Grand Prix, Sharjah Light Festival and other quality events, added Al Midfa.