Sharjah Is All Set To Revive The Historical Town Of Al Hira To Boost Cultural Tourism

Revitalising Al Hira In Sharjah to boost tourism.

by Deeplata Garde
Sharjah Is All Set To Revive The Historical Town Of Al Hira To Boost Cultural Tourism

In a strategic move aimed at fostering cultural tourism, Sharjah has recently announced a compelling initiative to revive the historical town of Al Hira. Steeped in history, this coastal enclave, founded in 1613 CE, carries immense significance as the very site where the first Qawasim tribe set foot in the emirate of Sharjah. This project is a testament to the emirate’s commitment to preserving its historical roots and promoting cultural exploration.

Commemorating Heritage

The visionary leader behind this cultural revival is Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, and Ruler of Sharjah. In addition to the announcement, plans were unveiled for a memorial dedicated to honouring the founding of Al Hira. Furthermore, the house of Sultan bin Abdullah bin Majid Al Owais is set to transform Al Hira Literary Majlis. This move is not merely a restoration of structures; it is a preservation of cultural identity.

Preserving Nabati Poetry Tradition With Al Hira

Beyond its historical relevance, Al Hira holds a distinguished position as the centre of the UAE’s robust tradition of Nabati poetry. As part of the broader initiative to revive this historical town, traditional homes belonging to prominent figures such as Hamid Khalaf Bu Khasrah and Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi are slated for conversion. This approach ensures that Al Hira becomes a living testament to the cultural and poetic heritage of the UAE.

Tourism Promotion In Sharjah

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Sharjah’s commitment to cultural preservation aligns with its active promotion of tourism projects. Among these developments is the introduction of Al Hira Beach, the city’s longest beach, spanning an impressive length of 3.5 kilometres. This addition enhances the allure of Sharjah as a multifaceted tourist destination, combining historical significance with modern leisure.

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Economic Boost And Infrastructure Development

The recent approval of Sharjah’s 2024 budget by the Ruler further underscores the emirate’s dedication to comprehensive development. With an allocation of $11.1 billion, the budget aims to facilitate the implementation of various infrastructure and science projects. This strategic investment is anticipated to provide a substantial boost to the local economy, enhance tourism experiences, and contribute significantly to achieving food security in Sharjah.

As Sharjah embarks on the journey to revive Al Hira, it signifies more than a mere restoration project; it symbolises a cultural renaissance for the emirate. By preserving historical sites, honouring traditions, and investing in tourism and infrastructure, Sharjah paves the way for a vibrant and dynamic future. The revival of Al Hira stands as a testament to the emirate’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage while embracing progress and development.

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