Fujairah authorities have announced the launch of Qidfa Development, the first of the ‘Emirates Villages’, an initiative aimed at creating a sustainable development model.
The Qidfa Region Development Project aims to attract 100,000 tourists annually by increasing the region’s tourism potential and promoting its distinguished capabilities via media outlets.
The plan also includes the launch of 50 development projects for the region’s youth, in addition to training 200 young men and women in all areas, in collaboration with strategic partners.
Qidfa Oasis in the UAE is the name given to the location of a burial from the Wadi Suq period (2,000 to 1,300 BC), reported Wam.
Archaeological digs at the sight of the oasis unearthed hundreds of artifacts that are now on display at the Fujairah Museum. This includes weaponry, pottery and coins. The most interesting of these finds is a bowl made from an ostrich egg, dating back more than 2,000 years ago, it stated.
The region offers a myriad of economic advantages, which will enhance its stature in terms of having pioneering villages and as a key region in the country. It also has an AED10 billion power plant that generates electricity for nearly 380,000 homes, it added.
The ‘Emirates Villages’ project represents a new milestone in achieving the vision of the UAE leadership by introducing a sustainable development model that accommodates all regions across the country, while utilising the human capabilities and natural resources of each region, said Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development in the northern emirate of Fujairah, after launching the project.
The project aims to promote tourism and highlight the distinguished potential of Emirati villages, he stated.
It aims to achieve greater involvement of local communities, enhance the involvement of the private sector and advance the sustainable development model by boosting cooperation between federal and local governments.
He added that the Emirates Council for Balanced Development is working to achieve sustainable development for all regions through a unique development model based on partnerships between the government, the private sector and local communities.
Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Vice Chairman of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development, said the Emirates Villages project represents a distinguished development model that is aligned with the visionary vision of the country’s leadership.
"The project relies on effective partnership between the government sector, represented here by the Emirates Council for Balanced Development, the private sector, and local communities," he added.
Source: Trade Arabia