Sharjah celebrates Arab Tourism Capital Award 2015
Date Published: Friday, February 6, 2015 His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened today (Thursday) evening the fifth edition of the Sharjah Light Festival at Al Qasba External Façade. The festival this year coincides with the official announcement of Sharjah winning the title Arab Tourism Capital for 2015. The event was also attended by H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), a number of top dignitaries, including members of the Sharjah Executive Council, and H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Director General of SCTDA. Managers of local institutions as well as a large number of media representatives from local, Arab and international media were also present on the occasion. In his address at the opening ceremony, H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Noman welcomed His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi to the special occasion to officially announce the launch of events to celebrate Sharjah as the Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015. H.E. Al Noman said: “As we celebrate the achievement of our Emirate and its rich heritage, I am proud of our success over the years. I take this opportunity to express our commitment to the values based on Islamic principles and our culture. These are the values that our forefathers held on to, and have been embraced by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as the foundation for the progress and prosperity of our Emirate.” H.E. Al Noman pointed out that the Sharjah Light Festival has been organized by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development for the fifth year in a row. This is the time when the emirate and its majestic buildings take on an artistic splendor, H.E. Al Noman added. Stressing Sharjah’s commitment to move ahead in its ambitious march, H.E. Al Noman said: “Our approach to the future will continue to be the same – to make Sharjah one of the top tourist destinations in the world, in line with the vision of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah.” H.E. Al Noman thanked the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities and the Organization of Arab tourism, and all those who contributed to Sharjah’s success in winning the Arab Tourism Capital title. He also commended the festival sponsors and partners and thanked the media for presenting a bright image of Sharjah locally and globally. At the conclusion of the ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi presented a souvenir to Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al Fahid, and another souvenir to the representatives of the city of Arbil, the capital of Arab Tourism for 2014. His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah received two souvenirs from Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al Fahid, and H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Noman.