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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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Sharjah Census 2015 begins

The Sharjah Census 2015 begins this week with 1,800 researchers, observers and volunteers conducting door-to-door interviews across Sharjah emirate. The census will provide data for strategic planning and help the government further develop Sharjah’s infrastructure and resources. Sharjah was recently named as the first World Health Organisation (WHO) Healthy City, in the Middle East and North Africa, for putting health ...

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WHO names Sharjah ‘Healthy City’

Sharjah has been officially named as a WHO Healthy City, during the visit of senior officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Joining the WHO Healthy Cities programme in 2012, Sharjah has been able to meet 88 percent of the 80 programme criteria, becoming the first Middle Eastern country to be accredited as a WHO Healthy City. The WHO Healthy ...

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Local startups can register free on Federal suppliers list

The UAE Ministry of Finance has announced that local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) can now register in the Federal Register of Suppliers free-of-charge in an effort to support Emirati startups. According to the terms, the SMEs must be owned by UAE citizens and must register with the Federal Register during the first two years of their establishment. The Ministry’s ...

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Sharjah achieves WHO Healthy City status

Sharjah has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the Middle East’s first Healthy City, as a result of the city meeting a wide range of criteria set by the WHO Healthy Cities programme. The programme engages local governments in health development in an effort to prioritise health on the social, economic and political agenda. The WHO Healthy ...

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Sharjah honoured at London sukuk awards

The Government of Sharjah was honoured at the 2015 London Sukuk Summit earlier this month where it was awarded the ‘Award of Excellence for Most Innovative Sukuk Issuance by a Sovereign Debt Issuer’. The award was given in recognition of Sharjah’s debut 10-year US dollar sukuk, which was issued at a size of US$750 million (AED 275b) in September 2014. ...

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Sharjah plans diabetes and nanomedicine research centres

Sharjah’s plans to establish two medical research centres were unveiled this week by the Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS) H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. A centre of excellence for diabetes and endocrinology research and a centre for nanomedicine, both of which will be located at the University of Sharjah. The new ...

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