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In the first quarter (Q1) of the year, Sharjah International Airport (SIA) recorded significant year-on-year improvements in passenger traffic, up two percent, and aircraft movements, which grew three percent compared to Q1 2016.

Jannah Hotels & Resorts has announced a mixed development luxury destination Jannah Al Khan Hotel & Spa, which will boost Sharjah’s hospitality offerings with a hotel, shopping mall, dining outlets, office units, apart-hotels and residential apartments.

Aiming to emphasise the emirate’s importance in the Middle East’s finance and business sectors, Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), in collaboration with the Jordanian Business Council, has recently announced its plans to host the first Sharjah-Arab Business Roundtable.

Sharjah hotel occupancy levels grew 5.5 percent during January compared to the same month in 2016, according to the latest report from STR, a firm that provides global data and analysis for the hotel industry.

According to new figures released by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), more than 86,000 Chinese visitors stayed in Sharjah hotels last year, compared with 53,000 during 2015, making China the emirate’s sixth largest inbound tourism market. 

Air Arabia laid out plans to launch a new service from Sharjah to Baku, expected to be the airline's first addition to its route map this year.

The waste management company Bee'ah in collaboration with Sharjah' s Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) inaugurated new electric desert-cleaning vehicles during a joint environmental protection campaign this January.

In an effort to revive the practice of traditional storytelling, Al Noor Island is hosting Sharjah's first International Storytelling Festival, themed Tales on the Island.

The fourth edition of the Sharjah World Music Festival 2017 is set to take place from January 06 – 14 at Al Majaz Amphitheatre.