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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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‘Invest in Sharjah’ debuts at forums in Asia, Europe and the Middle East

‘Invest in Sharjah’, the FDI office of the emirate of Sharjah, has debuted at business and investment forums in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, since the brand’s official launch in September. ‘Invest in Sharjah’ was first unveiled by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) at the Sharjah FDI Forum 2016, as a new brand to help position Sharjah in ...

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New recreation parks part of efforts to raise labour standards

Sharjah is to embark on an development project to create parks and recreation areas for several of its key industrial zones. The initiative follows recommendations from Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority (SLSDA), which coordinates with government agencies and private enterprises in the emirate towards continually raising local labour standards. The SLSDA objectives include developing employment best practices and procedures, facilities ...

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Sharjah to establish digital government centre

Sharjah plans to establish a Centre of Excellence for Digital Government in the American University of Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Park. The news was revealed during a meeting between His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah and visiting SAP CEO Bill ...

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Sharjah raises budget 2% for 2016

The Government of Sharjah has set its annual budget at AED 20.3 billion (US$ 5.5 billion) increasing government spending by 2 percent, according to an official announcement made this week. In common with 2015, 46 percent of the budget has been allocated to economic development to support the sustainable growth of Sharjah’s economy. Meanwhile, the government expects an 8 percent ...

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Sharjah Public Works implements 700 development projects

Sharjah Department of Public Works announced that it has undertaken more than 700 health, educational, housing and services development projects worth over AED 3 billion (US$ 0.8b) in different parts of the emirate. Abdullah Noman, head of supervision at the department of building projects, said that next year would see construction of many buildings including the AED 30 million (US$ ...

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