x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sharjah brings in tour buses

Three buses will operate all-year round for tourists, visiting 15 areas of interest in Sharjah.

SHARJAH // Visitors to Sharjah will be able to tour the sights in open-top double-decker buses, the first of their kind there.

The tours were announced yesterday by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and will be operated by City Sightseeing.

"City Sightseeing Sharjah will provide an international standard of service to aid us in further developing the emirate's already flourishing tourism sector," said Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, chief executive of Shurooq.

The three buses cost a total of Dh4 million and will be in service every day of the year, with 24-hour tickets priced at Dh85 for adults and Dh45 for the youngsters.

"The buses have been designed to accommodate conditions in the region, with a convertible roof that can be removed during the winter months … or kept in place for summer," said Mr Al Sarkal.

Passengers will not need to book tickets in advance and the operators will run a hop-on, hop-off service for tourists. The buses will run from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and until 10pm during weekends and holidays.

They will make 15 stops including Marbella Resort Sharjah, Al Noor mosque, Al Majaz waterfront, Buhairah Corniche, Al Qasba, Sharjah Aquarium, Al Khan corniche, Al Muntazah, the fish market, Sharjah's Museum of Islamic Civilisation and Mega Mall.

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