Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) recently visited the Mleiha Eco-tourism and Archaeological Project, which is undergoing development by Shurooq in collaboration with the Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Directorate of Antiquities at the Department of Culture and Information and the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), with the aim of establishing a new tourism destination that will attract nature and heritage lovers alike.
Sheikha Bodour was accompanied during the inspection visit by HE Marwan bin JassimAl Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer of Shurooq, and Amani Al Ali, Manager of the Executive Office of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi and Mahmoud Rashid Deemas, Mleiha and Kalba Manager.
The Chairperson of Shurooq was briefed on the progress of the construction works in the project, which combines the history and ecological significance of Mleiha. Located 50km to the east of Sharjah city, Mleiha, which was first excavated in 1986, is one of the most important archeological sites in the region.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi toured the visitor’s centre, located near Umm Al Nar Tomb, which provides information about the history of the area and its significant historical presence in trade and agriculture. The centre will also consist of several recreational amenities which will be announced at a later date.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi thanked members of the team in charge of the site for their efforts, and expressed her pride in such a unique tourist project in the emirate of Sharjah and the UAE—one that reflects the rich archaeological and cultural heritage of the area and provides visitors with a site where they can enjoy breathtaking natural views and discover the successive civilizations that have influenced the area. She stressed that the project provides rewarding opportunities for investors
The project boasts rich tourist attractions due to the area’s natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and archeological findings that make the area a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Mleiha Eco- tourism and Archaeological Project will help protect the natural and archaeological sites, and offer them to tourists and coming generations.