Diversity through collaboration and partnership have been key to strengthening the economy. These two institutions have focused on strengthening Sharjah from the outside in and the inside out.
How are your two institutions working to strengthen the Sharjah economy?
Jassem Mohamed Al Blooshi His Highness founded Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) for a specific reason. The focus was on youth and encouraging them to participate in society and the development of the Emirate. STF is based upon three main goals. Firstly, capacity building, to develop young leaders and empower them to contribute innovative ideas to the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE as a whole. Secondly, fostering public private partnerships and a culture of collaborations. Thirdly, providing a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship by facilitating the transfer of ideas, projects, and/or businesses to the concerned entities and officials for implementation. We are a think tank and a catalyst and we set the trends. Until 2010, our trend was leadership, and in 2012 we pushed a new buzzword, which matched the vision of His Highness: entrepreneur. The next focus that we launched in January of 2014 was innovation, and the response for that has been strong.
HE Abdalla sultan Al Owais The Chamber will remain keen on strengthening and developing economic and commercial relations, while exploring mutual investment opportunities. The basic purpose is also to develop our services in a manner that can promote its reputation worldwide; it will also help it to make a wider representation of the local business community at the global level. Annually, SCCI conducts a foreign visit program that is approved by the board of directors. Russia and Africa, with which SCCI is keen on building business networks for the benefit of local business community, are always among our most important markets. The chamber recently dispatched a business delegation to the Russian Federation in collaboration with a group of business establishments in Sharjah.
How do you look into the future and how you plan to achieve your goals?
JMAB We hold conferences every year and this year we will have a surprise focus on space. We are bringing in informed and well-known speakers from around the world to come and speak at a session. We started these special conferences when Dubai won the Expo 2020 and we brought in Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi to talk about opportunities for the youth of the UAE. The outcome was phenomenal and now we bring in speakers at least once or twice a year. Another aspect of achieving our goals involves bolstering our partnerships. We have partnerships with most of Sharjah's government departments and the UAE's federal ministries. We currently have technology partners like SAP, academic partners like the American University of Sharjah, and are working with the University of Sharjah on an Arabic leadership program. We have a partnership with Etihad Airways as our official carrier, and consultants as partners like PwC and Bain & Co. For the next year, we are hoping to encourage innovative entrepreneurs who focus more on innovation to push our development goals.
ASAO There is no doubt that the future of the economic vision for Sharjah should be based on the development of the investment environment in a strategic framework; this would be fortified with the legislative frameworks protecting and attracting more investors and investments and encouraging the establishment of various projects by the joint contributions of local and foreign investors based on mutual interest. Hence, any challenges affecting trade and investment in Sharjah will be avoided through the concerted efforts of all government entities to overcome all the obstacles. Sharjah gains ground with the available resources and possibilities of its investment policy due to its clear vision and ambitious strategy to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development for all sectors, and this can be achieved by encouraging partnerships, boosting the role of the private sector, and encouraging investors and entrepreneurs to establish SMEs. Once these enterprises achieve their maximum desired revenues, growth, and continuity, they will drive economic growth and help achieve the desired growth targets. We believe that this vision, along with its strategic magnitudes, is supported by the government of Sharjah to ensure the implementation of its plans in a devised, creative, and successful manner. As we emphasized before, the economic diversification policy of Sharjah is a safety valve and a smart, wise step for sustainable long-term development and consolidated dynamic renewable economy elements, and one that is capable of attracting capital from various countries around the world.
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HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler, Sharjah
HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has been an inspiring leader of the Emirate since 1972, carefully watching over its development into the cultural capital of the Islamic world.read article
Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman, Department of Government Relations
TBY talks to Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, on his department's role in coordinating the delivery of information to key stakeholders and the important part it plays in cultivating sustainable development.read article
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
TBY talks to HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation & Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre, on competitiveness in the sector, its influence on the other Emirates, and expectations for the future.read article
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)
TBY talks to Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of Sharjah Energy and Water Authority (SEWA), on the challenges facing the Emirate's plan to reach 30% water re-use by 2020, and changing the attitudes through education.read article
Mohammed N. Al Hazzaa, Director General , Emirates Company for Industrial Cities (ECIC),
TBY talks to Mohammed N. Al Hazzaa, Director General of Emirates Company for Industrial Cities (ECIC), on the company's performance, government support of the private sector, and forecasting occupancy trends.read article
Focus: Reducing water and power consumption
Under Dr. Rashid Al Leem's stewardship, Sharjah is aiming to become the first City of Conservation. This principally encompasses supplying electricity and water through sustainable avenues with technological efficiency while raising awareness of sustainability practices.read article
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
Cities within Cities
Sharjah's real estate sector is undergoing important transformations, with the government and developers focusing on megaprojects to attract investors. For this purpose, mixed-use developments are increasingly preferred to purely residential or commercial developments.read article
Focus: Fighting Cardiac Disease
The UAE Ministry of Health has stated that over half of all deaths in the UAE are the result of four oft-occurring issues: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, road traffic accidents, and congenital abnormalities. A survey from the Emirates Cardiac Society showed that almost 9 in 10 Emiratis are at risk of heart disease, with one in three unaware of that fact.read article
HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman , Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA)
TBY talks to HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), on the growing tourism sector in the Emirate, its strategies to boost cruise tourism, and the incredible progress in Sharjah.read article
Manal Ataya, Director General , Sharjah Museums Department (SMD)
TBY talks to Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), on cooperating on international exhibits, its educational festivals, and the challenge to ensure that museums are accessible to all.read article
Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director, Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC)
TBY talks to Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director of Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC), on the appeal of Sharjah as a MICE destination, plans for expansion, and the projected benefits of Expo 2020.read article