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Fujairah to spend Dh3b on tourism development

posted on 04/09/2005: 2200 views

Fujairah tourism industry will spend around Dh3 billion for the next five years to boost its economy and this will offer new opportunities for private investors, as it will be split between private investors (60 per cent) and 40 per cent from the government revenue, according to sources.

The emirate will built the Al Dana project worth Dh 1 billion with 350 villas and other 11 hotels will be built on reclaimed land in the next five years will boost the tourism and hospitality industry in the emirate, according to Fujairah tourism bureau.

Following in the footsteps of Dubai's mega tourism drive, Fujairah, the picturesque emirate of the East Coast pushing its own plans to lure potential visitors and travellers to stimulate the economy. The emirate is rapidly gaining popularity among international visitors and travellers. Apart from this, Fujairah remains a weekend resort that enjoys full occupancy in all categories especially five star hotels like Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort and Hilton Fujairah.

Fujairah holds a unique position in the UAE, as it is located on the Eastern Coast along the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is blessed by a series of mountains, falajes, white sandy beaches, intriguing traditional culture, in addition to several historical sites. Its numerous water sports like swimming, yachting, water surfing and deep sea diving attracts tourists all year round.

According to Sheikh Saeed Al Sharqi, chairman, Fujairah Tourism Bureau, "At present, Fujairah receives tourists which comprises 60 per cent from Europe and 40 per cent from local travellers from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. We are looking forward for the new airport to be completed in 2006 and this will increase in traffic with direct chartered flights from Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada will immediately put Fujairah on the tourist map.

Direct flights into Fujairah will definitely boost business as it will lead the competition to position properties in prime locales with the upside being the quality of accommodation should also be on par. '' Fujairah is being supported by the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the officials of Fujairah tourism is marketing the facilities offered by the emirate by providing brochures, CDs and DVDs regarding Fujairah's facilities and environment.

UAE's travel & tourism industry is now worth Dh63.2 billion according to industry estimates. In 2004 alone, an estimated 6.2 million tourists visited the country from across the world, catapulting UAE into the league of top global tourist destinations and Fujairah also saw a huge influx of tourists. (The Khaleej Times)


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