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 and society at the top of its city-management agenda.
The Sharjah government is investing in a range of initiatives to 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.
First announced to the public in March this year, following an Emiri decree in February, the door-to-door interview phase of the Sharjah Census is expected to take one month. Sharjah’s Department of Statistics and Community Development has engaged the public in an intensive awareness campaign regarding the objectives, process and timing of the census in order to secure cooperation from residents in the emirate.
In addition to door-to-door visits made by research staff to homes and facilities from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm, residents also have the option to complete the census form manually or electronically, via iCensus. Residents participating via iCensus will receive a user name and password via their mobile phone in order complete forms electronically. The Department of Statistics partnered with UAE telecommunications provider Etisalat earlier in the year to provide the information technology and communications necessary for the project.
Source: DSCD, Shurooq