SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates – The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) launched the first Interactive Map of Sharjah on the web and as an application on smart phones. It offers residents and visitors a smart, convenient and interactive way to visit and know the emirate.
The interactive map, available at www.sharjahtourism.ae/map, highlights all the major tourist attractions, historical sites and business centres across all its major cities — including Khorfakkan, Kalba and Dibba Al Hisn. The landmarks in these cities have been classified into various categories — cultural, tourism, and recreational.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, SCTDA’s director general, said the new interactive map is part of the authority’s policy and efforts to enforce and boost smart, e-governance solutions in all areas and activities of the tourism sector in the emirate. A new, smart Sharjah Tourism portal, Sharjah Interactive Touchscreens, Discover Sharjah, Sharjah Tourism Mobile app, Sharjah hotel statistic system and Sharjah event ticketing system are part of these new initiatives.
He said that the Sharjah Interactive Map would help residents and visitors to the emirate know and understand Sharjah like never before.
The use of the latest technology such as smart phones and smart electronic devices both in Arabic and English, with the possibility of involvement of private institutions and companies to include specific information in their application for a small fee, will make a huge difference. There are plans to include all government and private institutions in the emirate in the Sharjah Interactive Map.
The SCTDA showcased many of its smart e-governance services at the recent Gitex, the annual technology trade fair held in Dubai, for the benefit of visitors. A number of other services are in the pipeline and will be launched later.