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Shurooq completes expansion work at Sharjah eco retreats

SHARJAH, April 3, 2024

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) continues its commitment to elevate the emirate's stature as a globally distinctive tourist destination by announcing the completion of expansions for two flagship projects under the Sharjah Collection: The Kingfisher Retreat and Al Badayer Retreat.
 
These expansions are geared towards amplifying capacity and delivering unparalleled tourist experiences that seamlessly blend tradition with modernity, all while upholding principles of sustainability and environmental conservation.
 
Kingfisher Retreat has 20 new accommodations nestled in a unique mangrove ecosystem. Since its opening, the Kingfisher Retreat has been a popular family resort nestled amidst mangroves on an island off the east coast of Sharjah.
 
The new expansion sees the addition of 20 tents, bringing the total count to 40. The expansion includes 6 one-bedroom tents, 8 two-bedroom tents, 5 three-bedroom tents, and one four-bedroom tent, catering to discerning guests seeking luxury and sustainability in their stay, said Shurooq in a statement.
 
The new expansion features spacious areas tailored to meet guest needs, along with additional facilities such as a state-of-the-art health club and gym staffed with professional trainers, as well as dedicated spaces for children's entertainment, it stated.
 
The island’s popularity amongst families draws from the fact that it has a working conservation centre, and is home to rare birds, gazelles, turtles and crabs. 
 
According to Shurooq, several nature-inspired adventures can be crafted as per the desires of guests. 
 
From picturesque boat rides and kayaking to practising archery or going on nature walks to learn about the diverse local plant and wild species, the retreat is a haven of exploration.
 
For those seeking pure relaxation, a dip in the property’s pool, bicycle rides and unwinding by the bonfire under the starlight sky are great options. Children can enjoy the excitement of the Great Kingfisher Treasure Hunt, and everyone has the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem at the Mangrove Centre, where they can observe mangroves, birds, and marine life.
 
Al Badayer Retreat has 15 new tents to immerse in Sharjah’s desert. Renowned for its unique red dunes and awe-inspiring views, Al Badayer Retreat invites visitors on a journey into the traditional Emirati lifestyle, said the statement. 
 
Set against the backdrop of the Al Badayer desert in Sharjah's central region, it caters to adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, offering an environment steeped in authentic local heritage.
 
With the addition of 15 new tents, the retreat now boasts a total of 25 luxury tents and 21 rooms, accommodating solo travellers, families, and groups of friends alike. The expansion includes 7 single tents, 5 two-bedroom tents, and 3 three-bedroom tents, all featuring luxurious design and comfort.
 
The architectural design of the project harmonises with the desert surroundings, elevating the luxury and sophistication of the five-star Al Badayer Retreat, while reflecting Arab and Emirati identity with modern and elegant touches, it added.
 
On the key expansions, CEO Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer said: "We prioritise ecotourism as a cornerstone of our strategy to develop the tourism sector in Sharjah and enhance its reputation as a globally diverse and unique destination. We meticulously monitor all our destinations to understand market needs and expectations, enabling us to continuously enhance our projects to the highest quality and sustainability standards."
 
"With a noticeable surge in demand for coastal and desert ecotourism experiences, catering to visitors of all ages seeking luxurious and comfortable stays while immersing in the culture and nature of the UAE," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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