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Shurooq Holding Company formed by Royal Decree

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah yesterday issued Emiri Decree no. 58 of 2017, establishing Shurooq Holding Company SOAG, a public joint stock company formed in the Emirate of Sharjah and wholly owned by Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq). The new holding company is expected to play ...

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Sharjah aims to be region’s first age-friendly city

Sharjah has become the first Arab city to join the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Holding the inaugural meeting of the city’s age-friendly network committee in May, the initiative falls under the emirate’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. In recent years, Sharjah has put increasing focus on environmental, ecological and societal issues and launched a wide ...

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Quality of life and wellbeing high on Sharjah’s urban planning agenda

Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) has launched the Sharjah Waterfront Bicycling and Jogging Path project, a 27 kilometre track that will ultimately link Ajman and Dubai via Sharjah city. The new project is one of a wide range of urban development initiatives in the emirate that focus on the wellbeing and quality of life of its residents. The Sharjah Waterfront ...

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AED 1 billion government housing development launched in Al Sayouh suburb

Designs for a new AED 1-billion (US$ 274m) residential complex to be built in Al Sayouh (Al Suyoh) suburb in Sharjah have been unveiled by the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. Located near the Emirates Road and Sharjah-Kalba Road, 25 minutes from Sharjah city centre, the development is one of a number of government housing projects in Al Sayouh. The complex ...

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Sharjah to invest $500m to make AUS top research university in the Arab world

The Government of Sharjah plans to invest half a billion dollars (AED 1.8 billion) in the American University of Sharjah (AUS) over the next five years to fund the university’s goal of becoming the top research university in the Arab world. According to an interview by the Gulf Today with Hussein Al Mahmoudi, Chief Executive Officer of AUS Enterprises, investments ...

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Sharjah revealed as region’s first candidate for UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has announced Sharjah city as the Middle East’s first candidate for the organisation’s ‘Child Friendly City’ Initiative. The Child Friendly City Initiative aims to guide cities in the inclusion of children’s rights as a key component of their goals, policies, programmes and structures. In recent years, Sharjah has put environmental, ecological and societal factors ...

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Sharjah Census 2015 results announced: Sharjah population reaches 1.4 million

The results of Sharjah Census 2015 have been published by the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah (DSCD), revealing that more than 1.4 million people now live in the emirate of Sharjah. According to the census data, 88 percent of residents are foreign expatriates, 79 percent of residents under the age of 30, while 91 percent of the ...

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Sharjah Public Works green-lights $175m of infrastructure projects

Sharjah Department of Public Works has announced the commencement of two waste management infrastructure projects at a cost of AED 641 million (US$175m). Sharjah’s government recently confirmed a 7 percent increase in spending on public infrastructure, accounting for some 30 percent of 2017’s record AED 22 billion (US$ 5.9b) budget. The Public Works department has given the go ahead for ...

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Sharjah announces record budget for 2017

The Government of Sharjah has announced a AED 22 billion (US$ 5.9 billion) budget for the year 2017, increasing government spending by some 3 percent, according to the emirate’s Central Department of Finance. Meanwhile, according to the statement, government revenue is expected to rise 7 percent compared with 2016. In common with past years, the 2017 budget places high priority ...

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