During the UAE-China Economic Forum, Mohamed Juma Al-Musharrkh, CEO of the Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) , announced on the forum's sideline, there are several available opportunities and facilities for investors in the Sharjah free zone and its international airport. Sharjah is the third largest and most populous city in the UAE.
Al-Musharrkh noted that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Sharjah increased to 68,000 in 2018, adding that UAE targets to increase this number to around 200,000 by 2021.
The announcement was made to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the sidelines of the three-day UAE-China Economic Forum, which began in Beijing on July 22nd and coincides with the state visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China, which aims to boost the overall cooperation between the two countries.
Al-Musharrkh also stressed that the forum will provide more investment opportunities in both the UAE and China while affirming that the amenities provided by UAE, especially Sharjah, aim to encourage Chinese investors to make the country their preferred investment destination and their headquarters for expanding to markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Sharjah has launched many initiatives to attract more Chinese tourists, he added while pointing out that the UAE's developed tourism facilities make it an attractive destination for tourists from around the world.
Widely considered the nation’s cultural capital, Sharjah’s Heritage Area is on the inlet around which the city first developed, with restored homes and museums about Emirati customs. It is also home to Sharjah Fort, a 19th-century royal residence turned into a local history museum.
Sharjah also boasts the Arts Area with its institutes and galleries. The district's centrepiece is the Sharjah Art Museum which presents contemporary Arabian and other work including that of 18th-century Orientalists. There is also the blue-tiled Central Market (Blue Souk). It is a shopping destination with more than 600 shop. Tourists can enjoy time at the Sharjah Aquarium, home to sharks, eels and rays. The Corniche waterfront promenade is popular for strolling and seeing the light shows of the soaring Sharjah Fountain. For a bird’s-eye view, there is the Eye of the Emirates, a 60m-tall observation wheel similar to the London Eye.
The heritage area of Sharjah is rich in its combination of several museums that include the Sharjah Heritage Museum, with exhibits covering all facets of traditional Emirati life: the Calligraphy Museum, exploring this Arab art form and Bait Al-Naboodah, a finely restored traditional family home, once belonging to the Al-Shamsi family. They are all great places to delve a bit deeper into Emirati culture and discover what life was like before the discovery of oil.
Al-Noor mosque is the only mosque in Sharjah which opens its doors to non-Muslims. Anyone interested in knowing more about UAE heritage and learning to about Islamic beliefs will find a visit here a worthy addition to their Sharjah itinerary.
According to statistics released by Chinese tourism authorities, the total number of visitors from China to the UAE exceeded one million for the first time in 2017 and the transit passengers through UAE reached 3.5 million
Among them, 373,400 Chinese tourists visited the capital Abu Dhabi in 2017, up 60% compared to 2016. In the first seven months of 2018, Abu Dhabi received 242,000 Chinese visitors, a year-on-year growth of 14%.
Apart from its traditional tourist attractions including luxury shopping malls and hotels and Formula 1 racing, the city has newly opened cultural facilities including the Louvre d'Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Museum and the Zayed National Museum to meet the high tourist demand.