Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has launched a new data gathering project that will update demographic information on the emirate’s 25,000 Emirati households. The project, called ‘Tahdeeth’, is the largest population survey since the Sharjah Census 2015 and is expected to continue until 4 December.
Sharjah last full population census found that more than 1.4 million people live in the emirate of Sharjah, of which 88 percent are foreign expatriates and 12 percent are Emirati nationals. Nine out of ten people living in the emirate are resident in the city of Sharjah. The new survey will seek information both from Emiratis living in Sharjah and those that come from Sharjah, but are living abroad.
‘Tahdeeth’ aims to create a comprehensive database of the 175,432 Emirati nationals and their households in the emirate, based on the results of the Sharjah Census 2015. Data will be collected via phone calls, mobile devices, WhatsApp instant messaging and emails.
The updated data will then provide the basis for better community planning and development for Emirati nationals in Sharjah and to support government efforts to continue to raise living standards in the emirate.
Sharjah has placed increasing focus on environmental, ecological and societal issues as part of its national development strategy and launched a wide range of initiatives to improve and enhance the well-being of residents. The Ruler of Sharjah’s directives have put wellbeing and quality of life at the top of the emirate’s urban development agenda, to ensure sustainable development and enhance Sharjah’s appeal as an ideal place to live.
Sharjah city was named the Middle East’s first WHO Healthy City in 2015 and this year was recognised as the Middle East’s first UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’. Sharjah has also become the first Arab city to join the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.