According to Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), hotels in Sharjah received 42,150 guests from Saudi Arabia during the first two months this year. Sharjah’s hospitality sector received 28,861 Saudi guests in January, an increase of four percent over 27,741 during the same period in 2014. February witnessed a higher growth rate of 30% with 13,289 guests against 10,200 compared to the same period last year.According to SCTDA, family tourists from Saudi Arabia constituted 15% of total guests in Sharjah’s hotel establishments in January 2015 compared to 13% in January last year. In February, the share went up from six percent in 2014 to nine percent in 2015. Visitors from Arab countries account for nearly one-third of Sharjah’s hospitality guests, and their numbers witnessed 10% growth in 2014 compared to six percent the previous year, SCTDA figures showed.Placing itself as a world-class tourist destination for the entire family, Sharjah organises year-round activities and festivals to showcase the best of Arabic culture and heritage. The Emirate is renowned for a wide range of much acclaimed festivals and events, including the Sharjah Light Festival, the Sharjah Water Festival and the Sharjah International Book Fair that draw families from around the region and beyond.