Sir Bu Nair Festival 2018 inaugurated

SHARJAH, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Sir Bu Nair Festival, inaugurated on Saturday the 19th round of Sir Bu Nair Festival, organised by the Environment and Protected Arias Authority, EPAA, Sharjah, with the theme, “Sea Is Our Life”.

The one-day event featured a range of sports, heritage and environmental activities, as well as a heritage village and many environmental tours aiming at introducing visitors and participants to the biodiversity and ecological diversity that surrounds the island of Sir Bu Nair.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi stressed the importance of the Sir Bu Nair Festival in educating the young generations on the environment and heritage of their country.

It is also an opportunity to celebrate nature and highlight the achievements of the Emirate of Sharjah in the field of environmental conservation in line with the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, he said.

Hana Al Suwaidi, EPAA Chairman, noted that the festival plays an important role in promoting the island’s eco-tourism. She added, “It also became a fixed annual for raising awareness on the importance of adhering to environmental regulations, as well as to promoting the ecological and biological diversity and archeological sites of Sir Bu Nair island, some of which date back to more than 3500 BC.”

In association with Emirates Marine Environmental Group, EMEG, and Sharjah International Marine Sports Club, EPAA teams in this round of the Festival cultivated the coral reefs in the form of “Sheikh Sultan of Good Deeds”, which was gifted by the participants to the Ruler of Sharjah, in recognition of his continuous interest in protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and supporting the efforts made in this regard.

The Festival also marked the inauguration of Sir Bu Nair Marine Research Center, established in association with EMEG.

It also included a wide range of entertainment and heritage competitions, on top of which is the old fishing and diving, and finding big pearls, as well as shows of maritime heritage crafts and other shows presented by folklore bands.

The island of Sir Bu Nair is an important haven for seabirds, as well as for various types of rare animals and plants.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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