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SCTDA Honours Sponsors Of Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival 2009 And Media Representatives

Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi: festival’s resounding success will motivate us to continue with better performance next year

Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said that the resounding success Sharjah achieved in hosting the final round of the UIM Formula One Powerboat World Championship – Sharjah Grand Prix 2009– and organizing the Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival 2009 would not have been possible without the visionary directives of H.H Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and the unlimited support of H.H Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

These remarks were made during a speech given by Al Qassimi at a ceremony held by the SCTDA at Radisson Blu Sharjah to honor sponsors of Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival, media representatives, and all who contributed to making the event a success.

“It is my great pleasure to be present here today to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the efforts you have all exerted and the support you have all offered to help make the Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival 2009 a resounding success. It is my pleasure, too, to see the smiles of success and satisfaction on the faces of those hardworking individuals whose devoted efforts and diligence resulted in the excellent organization and hosting of the event,” said Al Qassimi.

“I would like to take this opportunity to dedicate this achievement to H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in recognition of the generous support he offered to the event, and of his visionary directives, to which we directly owe this latest success, which reflects Sharjah’s leading position and its ability to organize and host world-class sporting and entertaining events of this caliber,” Al Qassimi continued.

“The Festival was both a popular and an organizational success, and we intend to build on these successes in the years to come so as to maintain this momentum and continue the series of successes we have been making in organizing this prestigious entertaining and family festival year on year.” he added.

The SCTDA Chairman emphasized the importance of the strategic partnership between the SCTDA and Etisalat, saying that the partnership between the two organizations for the second consecutive year has significantly contributed directly to the Festival’s resounding success, as it embodied the fruitful cooperation between government and the private sector in the UAE, further enhancing the regional and international position of the country in terms of hosting and organizing world-class events.

Al Qassimi also extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the sponsors of Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival 2009 for the unlimited support they offered and for their significant contribution to the success of the prestigious event, as well as to the local and international media for their thorough coverage of the event. He praised the role played by corporations and Sharjah Government Authorities for their outstanding efforts and commitment in providing all the technical and logistic requirements, and for their participation in a number of activities that significantly contributed to the success of the Festival.

Finally, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi praised the SCTDA work team for their devoted efforts to ensuring the ideal organization of this event, as well as to the volunteers who pitched in wherever necessary, and whose contribution was also very important.

Al Qassimi reiterated the SCTDA’s commitment to continuing with its promotional campaigns for the emirate of Sharjah at the local, regional and international levels, through attracting premier economic and sporting activities to the emirate.

The ceremony was held by the SCTDA to honor sponsors of Etisalat - Sharjah Water Festival 2009. The list of sponsors includes strategic partner Etisalat; main sponsors Dana Gas, ENSHAA, Smart Spectrum; partners Al Qasba, Sharjah Museums Department, Sharjah Police, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), Department of Sea Ports and Customs, Department of public works, Sahara Center, Al Zahra Hospital, Sharjah Millennium Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel, Zulal; official Airline Air Arabia and exclusive official media partners Sharjah TV Channel2, Zee TV satellite, Gulf News newspaper, Al Khaleej newspaper, and Channel 4 FM.

Also honored at the ceremony were local and GCC media representatives whose effective coverage contributed significantly to promoting the event, volunteers and SCTDA employees. At the end of the function, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, presented trophies and certificates of appreciation to those honored.

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