Sharjah’s Department of Statistics and Community Development has announced that the emirate’s 2015 population census will commence in October 2015. The Sharjah Census will provide the necessary data for the government’s strategic planning and comprehensive human and infrastructure development, as well supporting further socio-economic studies to help guide progress and prosperity in the emirate.
The Sharjah government has a wide range of initiatives in place to help develop its economy, infrastructure, services and society within the context of the emirate’s distinct Arab and Islamic identity. The census is expected to help illuminate the demographic structure, population status and population needs of the emirate, allowing organisations of all types to develop more effective economic, social and cultural and infrastructure plans.
The data gathering phase of the 2015 census is expected to begin on 20 October with research on the number of buildings and establishments within the Emirate of Sharjah, prior to the collection of data on the population and residential property, which will commence in December 2015. Researchers will use tablet computers, supported by a central operaitons room and dedicated call centre.
The announcement followed February’s Emiri decree No 7 instructing the Higher Committee for Population Census to conduct a census of Sharjah’s population, houses and installations. No accurate statistic for Sharjah’s current population exists, although recent estimates near 1 million.