The third edition of the East Coast Marine Environment Festival organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry over the course of three days was concluded yesterday, in cooperation with the Kalba Municipality, Sharjah International Marine Sports Club, the Kalba Fishermen Association, the Kalba Ladies Club and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.
The festival, which was held with the participation of a number of government institutions, private sector companies and dozens of productive families, succeeded in attracting thousands of visitors from different age groups and from all regions of the emirate and the country who enjoyed the diversity of activities that included a bouquet of fun shows, heritage competitions, marine games, entertainment and boat excursions in addition to a group Wide range of popular cuisines.
The closing day witnessed the coronation of the winners of the fishing competition organized by the Sharjah International Marine Sports Club, where the first place in the category of largest fish went to Mohammed Rashid Mohammed Al Zaabi, catching a fish weighing 89.50 kg, while Hassan Ghanem won first place in the category of Kanaad by catching a fish weighing 30.70 kg and first place in the category of tuna went to the fisherman Sultan Fahd Al-Taniji, with a fish weighing 283.50 kilograms, and all of them received a cash prize of 50 thousand dirhams for each winner presented by the Delma Marine Company.
His Excellency Mohamed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the festival, in its third edition, strengthened its position as one of the most important events that celebrate the maritime heritage in the city of Kalba and the eastern coast region of the Emirate of Sharjah, and once again highlighted the region as an attractive tourist destination for lovers of the authentic Emirati heritage atmosphere and recognition to the past of parents, grandparents, lifestyles and traditional craftsmanship.
He emphasized the Chamber’s keenness to support this type of activities within the framework of its strategy aimed at revitalizing the economic, commercial and tourism movement, supporting handicraft industries in the various regions of the Emirate of Sharjah, highlighting the heritage and historical components it enjoys and working to highlight them in a way that serves society and the economy in general. Al-Awadi expressed the Chamber’s thanks to the Organizing Committee for overseeing the festival and all parties that cooperated to make the activities of this event a success, which reflects the keenness of concerted efforts and cooperation between the institutions of the government and private sectors in the interest of the public and the happiness of society.
For his part, Khalil Muhammad Al Mansoori, Director of the Sharjah Chamber Branches Department, affirmed the Chamber’s constant endeavor to launch various initiatives in the field of preserving folklore and assisting the concerned authorities to take care of this heritage and take care of it and work in its various professions from which fishing and marine professions emerge from which we consider one of the heritage flashes we cherish We are concerned that the future generation will walk through it in the footsteps of the ancestors, pointing out that the East Coast Festival has become an annual platform to introduce the region’s economic fundamentals and promote the advantages and investment opportunities available in it, as well as revitalize handicrafts and support productive families and entrepreneurs in various sectors. The festival formed a space for merchants to learn about various types of fish products, as well as its role in consolidating the folklore of the ancient traditional marine professions and industries that parents and grandparents lived for decades.
Source: WAM / Batoul Kashwani / Reda Abdel Nour