UAE- Sharjah turned challenges of 2020 into achievements: Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
Emirates News Agency (WAM)) SHARJAH, 3rd January, 2021 (WAM) — Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council and member of the Sharjah Executive Council has emphasised that the Emirate of Sharjah made huge strides of development and progress during Year 2020, an extraordinary year.
The year began with H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, approving the annual budget on January 12, 2020.
The 2020 budget was the largest ever in the Emirate’s history, sanctioning total expenditures of AED 29.1 billion, a 2% increase over the 2019 budget. His Highness Sharjah Ruler followed it up by approving on December 27, 2020 the general budget of AED 33.6 billion for year 2021, a significant increase of 12% over the year 2020.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said:
“The two budgets approvals were separated by 11 months and 7 days despite the fact that 2020 was a challenging year for the whole world in every sense of the word. And the biggest challenge turned out to be the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Emirate of Sharjah as usual saw opportunities even in this crisis, and made the most of them by registering achievements at the local and international levels.”
Under the directives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Year 2020 began with love when on January 5, 2020 His Highness gifted Egypt 425 rare Egyptian artefacts from multiple eras, dating back to before and after Christ.
“Sharjah also made use of disasters as an opportunity for promoting human compassion, and reached out to crisis-hit Lebanon through its campaign “Peace to Beirut” launched by H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, the wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and President of the Big Heart Foundation, Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,” he pointed out.
Sharjah also reached out to flood-hit Sudan through the Sharjah Charitable Society’s campaign titled “From Sharjah to Sudan, from goodness to loyalty”, which was launched under the directives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.
Tackling Covid-19 Under the directives of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, the various entities and institutions of the Emirate joined hands to successfully confront the Covid-19 challenge through a campaign titled ‘People First.’ The campaign produced a number of initiatives and achievements in all sectors including in the technology sector, business automation, work development and education.
“The Sharjah leadership moved fast to protect the Emirate and its various vital sectors, development projects as well as families from the economic impact of the pandemic. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council, granted exceptional leave to thousands of Sharjah government employees to work from home during the pandemic, especially allowing female employees with children to work from home,” stressed Chairman of Sharjah Media Council. Sharjah concluded the year 2020 with remarkable achievements and development projects in Khorfakkan. “Sultan’s Sharjah fortified the Emirate with shields of knowledge and turned stumbling blocks into bridges allowing everyone pursue progress,” he said.
New projects: During the year 2020, H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah inaugurated as many as 25 major projects in the Emirate. The Corona pandemic did not constitute an obstacle to the ambitions of the Emirate of Sharjah, and its sustainable development plans.
The Emirate has taken a quantum leap by launching and implementing a host of development projects in various sectors across the Emirate in areas such as education, culture, arts, astronomy, sports and entertainment, mosques, roads and infrastructure, environment, tourism, heritage and literature.
Some of the most prominent projects include: Literary Café in Al Hira: With the aim of creating free space for writers to exchange their ideas and review their creativity and intellectual achievements in a lively atmosphere, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah inaugurated on January 7 the Literary Café building in Al Hira neighbourhood with its front façade offering a panoramic view of Sharjah Beach.
H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah wanted this literary café in Sharjah to be an extension of what was popularly known as ‘Hira Al Numan,’ contributing in attracting several writers and giving them the opportunity to prepare their own books and publish them. He also directed the Department of Culture to provide the café with the periodicals issued by it, and directed the Sharjah Radio and Television Authority to sponsor the activities of the café, and support it by broadcasting it on various channels.
Radio Telescope Station: On January 14, H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah inaugurated the Interventional Radio Telescope Station at the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, including the series of radio telescopes as part of the 40-meter-long Interventional Radio Telescope project.
Geological Park in Al Buhais On January 20, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the Geological Park in the Buhais region, a pioneering project in the field of ecotourism. The park offers historical evidence about how the local nature was formed no less than 93 million years ago, and it contains two archaeological sites that contribute to enhancing knowledge of the history of human settlement in this region, dating back more than 125 thousand years.
Banking studies On January 29, the Ruler of Sharjah inaugurated the new headquarters of the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, in the University City of Sharjah. It includes various facilities and halls that meet the scientific requirements of students and researchers in the financial and banking sector, aiming to prepare and qualify national cadres and leaders in the sector.
Al Shaheed Mosque On February 17th H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah inaugurated the Martyr Sultan Muhammad bin Huwaiden Al Ketbi Mosque in Al-Taybah area in Al Dhaid, in the presence of the sons and relatives of the martyr and the notables and people of the central region. The mosque accommodates 1,850 worshipers and was designed in the Fatimid Islamic architectural style. It covers an area of 1830 square meters, with a minaret of 72 meters in length, and the main dome with a diameter of 18.5 meters, and it is 32 meters above the ground.
The cost of the mosque amounted to AED21.5 million and commemorates Sultan bin Muhammad bin Huwaiden Al-Ketbi, who was martyred in 2015 in the service of the nation and faith in Yemen.
Wildlife On February 17th, the Ruler of Sharjah inaugurated the Al Dhaid Wildlife Center, located in Al Bardi, Al Dhaid City. The centre is a new addition to the list of projects concerned with the environment, preserving biodiversity, wildlife and specialized educational centres, in a way that contributes in promoting the community environmental awareness.
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