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Educational bus tour was organized for Al Qasimia University students to provide

Date Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has developed an educational bus tour for Al Qasimia University students as part of its efforts to strengthen collaborative efforts with educational institutions to enhance the status of Sharjah as an attractive tourism destination. Organised as SCTDA’s first community development programme, the tour took the participating students on a journey through Sharjah’s history during which they experienced the natural and traditional atmosphere of the emirate. It involved visits to the emirate’s heritage locations and museums and created stimulating environments to build community relations between tourism sector and the students. The tour also offers the students opportunities to develop their social skills and critical thinking abilities outside the controlled classroom setting through learning experiences based on real-world situations. “SCTDA has been implementing various initiatives to ensure the sustainable growth of Sharjah’s tourism sector and develop the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the emirate. The educational bus tour for students highlights the Authority’s keen interest to create opportunities for the youth to attain educational excellence and build a solid foundation for the development of Sharjah as an integrated knowledge hub,” said His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA. “SCTDA has adopted a collaborative approach with key partners to develop its tourism industry, leading to the launch of highly effective platforms which support the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021. Concerted efforts are critical to achieving the Vision goal to welcome 10 million visitors to the emirate by year 2021,” H.E. Al Midfa added. SCTDA is aiming to offer students in Sharjah the best opportunities at the local and international levels to create human resources capital that match the labour market requirements in the tourism and hospitality sector. The Authority has been providing quality training programmes through collaborative action to enhance efficiencies in various sectors related to the tourism industry to put Sharjah in the list of the world’s most important tourism destinations.