Al Shaab Vil­lage aims for 250,000 vis­i­tors

The only per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre in the UAE, Al Shaab Vil­lage, is aim­ing at host­ing more tourists through their spe­cial plat­form with travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors to reach their tar­get of 250,000 vis­i­tors a month.

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In the past few years Al Shaab Vil­lage has wel­comed over 180,000 vis­i­tors a month which con­sists of res­i­dents from Shar­jah, vis­i­tors from the GCC and other emi­rates. Par­tic­i­pat­ing at in­ter­na­tional trade ex­hi­bi­tions with Shar­jah Tourism Au­thor­ity they are look­ing at shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence with new feeder mar­kets such as China whilst be­ing a prom­i­nent des­ti­na­tion in the agenda of tourism pro­mot­ers of Shar­jah from all over the globe.

Ac­cord­ing to the new plans for 2017, they have in­tro­duced a spe­cial dis­count book­let for all travel agents, tours op­er­a­tors, hote­liers and other part­ners to be utilised in the state of the art ex­hi­bi­tion and con­ven­tion cen­tre.

The term ‘vil­lage’ has been used to en­sure Shar­jah’s cul­tural iden­tity is main­tained. Hous­ing the first and largest ice rink in the emi­rate of Shar­jah with over 240 stands, 52 prod­ucts on food, tex­tile, cos­met­ics, uni­forms, ac­ces­sories, per­fumes etc. for the en­tire fam­ily, Al Shaab Vil­lage has an edge over all the malls in the emi­rate. Both in­door and out­door amuse­ment parks is just a tip of the many other of­fer­ings they have pre­sented to the vis­i­tors. The state of the art seven screen mul­ti­plex cin­e­mas op­er­ated by Os­car cin­e­mas pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment for the vis­i­tors with a mix of Ara­bic, English and Hindi movies. From the seven, there are five stan­dard screens, one VVIP and one 7D screen.

Bil­liards, snooker, play sta­tion and com­puter games pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment for all the tech-savvy young­sters who wish to spend time with their friends away from home but in a safer en­vi­ron­ment. In terms of the younger kids (in the age group of four) “Fun House” is the ac­tiv­ity area where they are pro­vided spe­cial care ser­vice un­til their par­ents shop at the venue, which is very well re­ceived. Al Shaab Vil­lage has been es­tab­lished as a fam­ily des­ti­na­tion with prod­ucts from Ara­bic coun­tries such as Jor­dan, Turkey, the UAE, with ad­di­tional prod­ucts from In­dia, China, among oth­ers. Food wise the de­lec­ta­ble of­fer­ings in­clude Ara­bic, Indian, Ital­ian, etc.

Ab­dulla Al Dah, CEO, Al Shaab Vil­lage, says, “We have de­signed this fully-in­te­grated state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity as a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre to be en­joyed by res­i­dents and tourists right through­out the year. From out­side, the build­ing dis­plays tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture and once you en­ter it is an amaz­ing feel­ing of a state-ofthe-art mod­ern am­bi­ence. We are the first to have an ice rink in the emi­rate of Shar­jah which can be en­joyed by the whole fam­ily. We want the tourists and res­i­dents of Shar­jah to be amazed by the of­fer­ings in store and en­sure that they re­turn for more in their next visit.

“We par­tic­i­pate at ITB Ber­lin, WTM, and ATM and even go for road­shows with Shar­jah Tourism to Europe, Asia, China, and Sin­ga­pore and soon to Bos­nia. Cur­rently there are shut­tle buses from lead­ing ho­tels in Shar­jah where guests are given the op­por­tu­nity to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence Al Shaab Vil­lage. My team is in reg­u­lar contact with travel agents at these in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions so that Al Shaab Vil­lage will be on the itin­er­ary of the tour op­er­a­tors, as we be­lieve that we can pro­vide

We have de­signed this fully-in­te­grated state-of-theart fa­cil­ity as a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter to be en­joyed by res­i­dents and tourists

tourists with a mix­ture of Arab cul­ture amidst mod­ern en­vi­rons. Very soon we will be start­ing our sec­ond branch and we will share that in­for­ma­tion by Q4 this year.”

Ab­dulla Al Dah

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Al Shaab Vil­lage

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