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Smartly moving through the changing times, where the other UAE emirates Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain do not take centrestage in news on the country’s real estate sector usually focused on Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the rest of the UAE have directed a lot of their initiatives towards enhancing their ability to attract tourists.
Sharjah has gained a reputation for being an artistic and historical hub reinforced by its large-scale Heart of Sharjah project set to be finished by 2025. The project consists of commercial, cultural and residential structures including restaurants, art galleries, museums, retail shops, traditional and contemporary markets, commercial offices and a hotel. The developer website mentioned that “Many of these will be housed in renovated old or ancient houses, weaving Sharjah’s modern life with its history, as well as safeguarding its national historical character.”
Ajman and Umm Al Quwain recently forged a cooperation agreement through the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) and Umm Al Quwain Economic Development Department aimed towards “enhancing efforts and utilising available potential to develop tourism industries in both emirates.” All research, technical, regulation and communication improvement efforts will be shared between the two emirates with an end objective to be competitive in the growing tourism market the northern emirates have become known for.
Ras Al Khaimah has always been known for its tourism-centred projects such as Marjan Island, Al Hamra Village and Mina Al Arab, taking advantage of its rugged natural landscape much like neighbouring Fujairah, where tourists can enjoy views of the mountains, the sea and sky melded together in a picturesque setting.
Even as tourist arrival numbers are dominated by Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah have both been identified as favourite getaway destinations for UAE tourists.
• Ras Al Khaimah currently has several tourism-centred projects
• The Heart of Sharjah is an old-meets-new mixed-use project
• Ajman and Umm Al Quwain have tied up for tourism activities
Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer