Shurooq Launches Spectacular Eco-Tourism Kalba Kingfisher Lodge
As part of its strategy to provide the region’s leading sustainable tourist destinations, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has begun implementing the stunning Kalba Kingfisher Lodge, its latest ground-breaking eco-tourism project, in collaboration with the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA).
Shurooq said that the five-star hospitability project, featuring a tented camp that offers unique experiences within the mangrove nature reserve in the heart of Kalba's natural beauty, is the perfect addition to its strategy of promoting environmentally friendly tourism.
With an ambience of luxury and convenience, the Kingfisher Lodge will include an outdoor yoga and wellness centre and a range of public facilities, including an information desk, a reception lounge, restaurants and outdoor recreational areas.
The tented lodge is being constructed in compliance with the highest global standards of green and sustainable building in order to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
He added: "Shurooq has a long-term commitment to the implementation of sustainable and eco-friendly projects as well as tourist and leisure destinations, most notably the Mleiha Archeological and Ecotourism project and Kalba Eco-Tourism Project.”
In order to abide by its commitment to environmental sustainability and the protection of the surrounding environment, Shurooq decided that construction work should be completed outside the reserve and then ready-made structures and components transferred and installed at the project site to avoid the harmful impact of construction waste on the natural environment.
“We will adopt eco-friendly ways to dispose of construction waste and recycle everything that can be recycled in line with the highest standards of sustainability," Al Sarkal added.
Hana Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah, said: “Our collaboration with Shurooq on this flagship
project is the perfect example of how we can share the precious natural resources in Sharjah to visitors, while preserving them for generations to come. We will provide the Authority with all the necessary support in managing the project's natural resources and protecting mangrove trees, which form the natural foundation of the Kingfisher Lodge – The mangroves nature reserve is home to the number of the oldest mangroves in the region. It is also the perfect location for the existing activity centre, where guests can enjoy some sports activities including kayaking and mountain biking in an eco-friendly environment.
She added: "We agreed with Shurooq that the lodge will be built high off the ground, so that the turtle nesting areas are not harmed in any way. The operator company will also provide the necessary protection and care for the turtles, ensuring that the project complies with the highest standards of protection and preservation of the unique ecosystem in Kalba."