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Shurooq and Seawings launch seaplane flights in Sharjah

September 29, 2013

Experience Arabia from Air and Sea
Seawings is the only seaplane operator in the UAE and has been providing sightseeing tours in the UAE since 2007. Every Seawings tour consists of a thrilling water takeoff and landing and flying several hundred feet above ground in a Cessna 208 amphibian aircraft. The aircraft has a comfortable air-conditioned cabin with luxury leather seats, each with their own large viewing window. In addition to the spectacular tours of the UAE, Seawings extends its services to the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE), corporate and events market with flights specifically designed as per client requirements. Seawings has introduced the customised charter service from the bustling Al Majaz Waterfront to 25 destinations within the UAE including all major airports, Al Ruwais, Sir Baniyas Island and many more. Seawings will also provide regular sightseeing tours called Heritage Arabia along with the seaplane charter service. The 30 minutes tour willdepart from Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and will end at Al Majaz Waterfront. The UAE has always been a melting pot of civilizations with a cultural heritage that originated in simple Bedouin traditions. Today, extensive efforts are being made in Sharjah to restore the heritage and history of the region. As sightseeing forms an integral part of every tourist's itinerary,the Heritage Arabia package is designed to use sightseeing to highlight the UAE's rich culture in a unique and unforgettable way. The culture trail begins with a trademark Seawings flight over popular tourist attractions in Dubai likePort Rashid, Palm Jumeriah, Burj Al Arab, BurjKhalifa and the historical Dubai creek. In Sharjah guests can soak in panoramic views of the Lagoon, BuhairaCorniche and the coastline of Mamzar before landing at the Al Majaz Waterfront. The scenic flight is followed by an open deck bus tour for guests to soak up the sun as well as the magnificent sights of the bustling city including Al Qasba, Sharjah Aquarium, the Noor Mosque and the museums. With theHeritage Arabia tour visitors can experience the UAE's vibrant culture along with the thrill of flying in a seaplane. Announcing the launch, Dr Nigel Rea, Chief Operating Officer of Seawings said: "We are proud to join hands with the Sharjah Investment & Development Authority to launch our seaplane service in Sharjah. Our seaplane tours give our passengers a unique perspective on the Arab culture and heritage displayed by the cities of the UAE so we are delighted to add the unique heritage of Sharjah to our network with the launch of Heritage Arabia. Sharjah has a long tradition of trade and commerce and its growing importance in the MICE industry makes it an attractive destination for Seawings charters. Seawings has the widest reach of local destinations amongst any operator in the region with direct flights to over 25 destinations within the UAE. The unique experience of flying in a seaplane combined with the convenience and flexibility offered by our network makes a Seawings charter a coveted inclusion to any group or MICE itinerary." Commenting on the collaboration withSeawingsAhmed ObaidAl Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority said: "Shurooq is keen to support any initiative that helps attract more international tourists and visitors to the Emirate, and the launch of this new aerial sightseeing excursion across Sharjah is in line with our strategy to highlight the Emirate as a unique tourist destination, and to boost its position on the world tourism map. We have entered into this collaborationwith Seawings as we believe that the addition of seaplane tours to Sharjah's arsenal of exceptional tourist attractions and facilities will only offer tourists a whole new view of the emirate and its outstanding offerings".
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