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WTM UPDATE: Sharjah highlights new offerings for 2018

The third largest emirate in the UAE, Sharjah is home to archaeological sites, exotic beaches and wildlife conservation reserves.

It is also centrally located in the UAE, making it the only emirate to have land on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. 

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said: "Many companies from the UK are very familiar with the UAE -they feel close in terms of the proximity between the UK and the UAE. 

"We have more 180 to 200 flights per week between the UK and the UAE, these are only through are national carriers. The beauty of the UAE is that you can see from Abu Dhabi across Sharjah to Fujairah within three hours you can drive and see beautiful beaches on both the East and West coast. You can see beautiful desserts and mountains as well."

The 'Heart of Sharjah' is the biggest historical preservation and restoration project go take place in the UAE and has even registered in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is expected to revitalise the heritage district as a vibrant cultural destination - restoring historical buildings, constructing new structure following classical traditional architectural styles and transforming them into hotels, restaurants, cafés, art galleries and markets. 

The chairman added: "The other point to highlight is the world class infrastructure that we have in the UAE. In terms of quality of life it is very high and also safety and security. We have more than 200 nationalities happily living and working in the UAE. It is a very welcoming country and this is what people say."

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