H.E. Favilli was taken on a tour of Shurooq's flagship leisure destination, Al Qasba, as well as the Maraya Art Centre - one of the UAE's most spectacular venues for contemporary visual arts-, and Al Majaz Waterfront accompanied by Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Shurooq COO, Maraya Art Centre Manager Giuseppe Moscatello and a number of Shurooq's Managers, during which Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront and Maraya Art Centre's numerous cultural projects, activities and events were highlighted. In addition, the Authority made use of the opportunity to present Shurooq's vision and mission to the Italian Consul General and lay the groundwork for continued dialogue between Sharjah and the Italian Consulate. Speaking about the visit, Ahmed Al Qaseer said, "It was a privilege to be able to invite H.E. Giovanni Favilli to visit Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront and Maraya Art Centre. As the Consul General of Italy in Dubai, H.E Favilli holds a position of great influence and it was highly gratifying to receive his positive feedback on the amenities and activities that are being held in Sharjah. We are very pleased with the results of the visit and look forward to welcoming H.E. Favilli back to Sharjah in the near future. H.E. Giovanni Favilli expressed his delight at being invited for a tour and commended Shurooq for the excellence of their projects. Furthermore he voiced his hope that the mutually beneficial ties between Sharjah and the Italian Consulate would remain strong leading to increased cultural collaboration between Sharjah and Italy. Shurooq was established in 2009 with the aim of achieving social, cultural, environmental and economic development on the basis of Sharjah's distinct Arab and Islamic identity, so as to encourage investment by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from the region and the world. The Authority's main mission is to provide the required facilities and incentives, evaluate investment related infrastructure projects, lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects and to overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the Emirate.