Sharjah Ruler plans big improvements to emirate based on census results
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, has urged people to take part in the emirate’s census, which he says will pave the way for more development projects.
During the live radio show Al Khat Al Moubasher (The Direct Line), he told listeners that the “You Count Sharjah Census 2022” is important because it will provide data that is otherwise difficult to gather from different departments.
“It is difficult to request data from this or that department, that is why the census is very important,” said Sheikh Dr Sultan.
“This will help provide the information needed for larger studies that will later turn into projects, decrees, buildings and funding.”
He said the projects would vary across different sectors, such as housing and education.
“It will also bring about a change in the administrative structure of the emirate and the powers of the district councils in Sharjah, a change that will make the voices of the people more heard,” said Sheikh Dr Sultan.
Nurseries will also be built, so that the children of public workers can attend.
“My goal is to build them as adjoining buildings so that students only have to go through one door to get to the next building,” said Sheikh Dr Sultan.
The plans did not stop there, as later parents of older children would also be catered for.
“The next phase would be the construction of primary schools for the pupils, also all in the same area. For this purpose, I am currently looking for land.
Beautification of the emirate is also on the agenda as the ruler said his plan will ensure homes in dusty areas are surrounded by plants and greenery.
The radio DJ asked Sheikh Dr Sultan to find the time to follow such a comprehensive development plan with what must have been an already busy schedule.
“I don’t watch TV or use a computer and get up as early as 3 a.m. because I know people have many needs,” he replied.
All households in Sharjah will be invited to participate in the city-wide census which will provide accurate information on their living conditions, employment status, level of education and other vital information.
The “You Count Sharjah Census 2022” started on September 26 and will run for five months.
Emiratis and residents will be asked to register and fill out forms online, but it is not yet clear which website or app they should visit.
Teams from Sharjah’s Department of Statistics and Community Development will visit homes, buildings, businesses and other facilities in the emirate to ensure everyone participates.
The overall population of Sharjah, according to its last census in 2015, was 1,405,843, with Emiratis making up 12% of the total population.
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Updated: October 04, 2022, 09:31