Sharjah sets new standards for hotel classification

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority says move is part of plan to enhance the experience of tourists visiting emirate

The standards come as Sharjah has witnessed an increase in the number of hotel establishments during past years, and currently has a total of 10,883 hotel rooms.

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced its new standards for classification of hotel establishments in the emirate.

The resolution aims to classify hotel establishments in Sharjah in line with the latest standards and were announced following a workshop organised by SCTDA for representatives of hotels and other hospitality establishments in Sharjah.

The new standards fall within the directives of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, to continuously enhance the experience of tourists visiting Sharjah.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, said: “The hotel and hospitality sector is a vital growth driver for the tourism sector in Sharjah. We are confident that the new classifications will reflect positively on the performance of hotel establishments, including enhancements in facilities and services, and further contribute to boosting the hotel industry’s contribution as one of the most important components of the tourism infrastructure in the emirate.”

Al Midfa added: “The new classification system is set to further develop the hotel and hospitality sector in the emirate by incorporating several new standards in addition to existing standards as it raises the level of quality and efficiency of hotel services.”

The standards come as Sharjah has witnessed an increase in the number of hotel establishments during past years, and currently has a total of 10,883 hotel rooms.

The new classification system covers a set of criteria that include minimum expectations of the guest, quality of the hotel infrastructure and added value to the guest experience.

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