ROAD TO GROWTH
The Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority (SRTA) is working toward satisfying the needs of a flourishing economy through the development of modern and efficient infrastructure across the internal regions of the Emirate.
The last two years have seen Sharjah's government dedicating much of its budget toward investing in the economy's many prolific sectors, but a core area of the government's sustainability strategy has been improving its infrastructure. As part of this vision, HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan III bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi established the Sharjah RTA in 2014.
Growing economies are often accompanied by growing populations and vice versa. In order to maintain levels of growth, the public sector needs to invest in infrastructure and, in particular, roads. With a higher population and a growing logistics sector, Sharjah's roads have been experiencing high levels of traffic congestion, especially on the main arteries linking the Emirate to Dubai.
In 2014, new road infrastructure projects to ease congestion and enhance residents' safety included the AED100 million road in the Muweileh district, an AED10 million project in downtown Al Musalla, and an extensive project to create pedestrian areas and infrastructure in the city center of Sharjah, with the aim of addressing another major issue in the Emirate, namely the particularly high rate of accidents.
This year, the RTA also shifted its focus toward developing infrastructure in the internal regions of the Emirate, where it has invested AED42 million in developing a number of roads in three different areas, extending over 12km. As explained by the chairman of the RTA, Eng. Yusuf Saleh Al Suwaihi, one of the main parts of the project is a one-way road that will be built in the Khatm area, connecting it to Maliha in one direction and to Dhaid-Madam in the other, to the tune of AED24.6 million. Another road to be developed will be a one-way service along the road connecting Sharjah to Kalba city. The AED 11.6million project will consist of a two-lane road including a sidewalk and green areas. Lastly, a service road will be constructed in the Bataeh area, located between Sharjah and Al Dhaid, at a cost of AED5.6 million.
The RTA is also in the process of developing an arterial road connecting the Qatah-Nazwa road to the Dubai-Al Madam road, a project costing AED98 million and expected to be completed, according to Eng. Al Suwaihi, by the end of 2016. The RTA has also announced a number of other infrastructure projects in 18 areas in the central and eastern parts the Emirate, for a total of 66km. The roads are being developed within cities and towns such as: in the Qalah, Block 16 and 19, and Al Saf areas of the city of Kalba; Hamriyah West and Hamriyah East; Al Lualueya, Al Yarmook and Al Qadisiya districts of Khor Fakkan; and, lastly, in the cities of Diba Al Hisn and Al Dhaid. The aim of this large-scale project, requiring a total investment of AED150 million, is to significantly improve connection between districts within cities as well as between the towns themselves.
An efficient road transport network is vital to sustain Sharjah's economic growth, as it provides economic and social benefits. Residents from less central parts of the Emirate and from the rest of the UAE will have stronger access to a booming market, and be able to take advantage of the Emirate's impressive education and healthcare facilities. Overall, the investments will result in a greater ease of doing business, incentivizing firms to enter the market through reduced transport costs.
The formal establishment of the RTA, an entity entirely dedicated to improving the Emirate's infrastructure and committed to building roads, is a clear sign that Sharjah is committed to achieving healthy and sustainable growth.
ROAD TO GROWTH
TABLE OF CONTENTS
HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler, Sharjah
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Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman, Department of Government Relations
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HE Sultan Abdullah Bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman , Sharjah Economic Development Department
TBY talks to HE Sultan Abdullah Bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, on the resilience of Sharjah's economy and building on its well-diversified foundations.read article
HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman, Sharjah Media Corporation
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HE Waleed Al Sayegh, Director General , Sharjah's Finance Departmen
TBY talks to HE Waleed Al Sayegh, Director General of Sharjah's Finance Department & CEO of Sharjah Asset Management, on fiscal policy direction and initiatives being introduced to increase efficiency and transparency from the top down.read article
Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman , Sharjah Energy and Water Authority (SEWA)
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Mohammed N. Al Hazzaa, Director General , Emirates Company for Industrial Cities (ECIC),
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Focus: Reducing water and power consumption
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Ted Young, Project Head, Al Zahia Communities Business Unit at Majid Al Futtaim Properties
TBY talks to Ted Young, Project Head of the Al Zahia Communities Business Unit at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, on the reasons behind the market's resilience and the future of housing demands in the Emirate.read article
Focus: Mixed-use Developments
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Focus: Fighting Cardiac Disease
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HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman , Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA)
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Manal Ataya, Director General , Sharjah Museums Department (SMD)
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Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director, Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC)
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