Attending the 'Sharjah Census' announcement is Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
The preliminary results of the Sharjah Census 2022 were revealed on Wednesday night and were released by the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah (DSCD). H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, was present.
The main findings showed that, from 1.4 million in 2015 to 1.8 million in the last four years, the emirate's population increased by an astounding 22 percent.
The research also notes that 61 percent of Sharjah's population is employed, providing a promising indication of the expanding chances for employment and financial investment in the city's quickly expanding and diverse economy.
In addition, Sharjah's working population has grown by 22% since the last census report was released, going from 856,000 in 2015 to 1.1 million in 2022.
The success of Sharjah's leading policies to further enhance both the quality of education and provide broader access to learning opportunities is reflected in the 23 percent rise in students enrolled across all educational institutions in the city, from 253,000 to 310,000.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of DSCD, Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Director of DSCD, heads and directors of various local government bodies, VIPs from Sharjah and the UAE, and others attended the announcement ceremony held at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.
The celebration was held to commemorate 50 organisations from the public, semi-public, and commercial sectors who helped make the Sharjah Census 2022, which will take place on the occasion of the DSCD's tenth anniversary, a success.
Sharjah's population of 1.8 million people includes 208,000 Emirati nationals, with 103,000 men and 105,000 women. There are 1.6 million expatriates living there, 1.1 million of them are men and 500,000 of whom are women.
A youthful, highly trained labour force that actively contributes to the growth and improvement of numerous industries is at the core of Sharjah's socioeconomic success. The majority of the emirate's population, or around 914,000 people, are in this age group, making approximately 51% of the whole population. Following closely after was the age range of 40 to 59 years, which came in second with 443,000 people, or 24 percent.
The population is made up of 399,000 people under the age of 20, who make up 22% of the entire population, and 55,000 people over the age of 60, who make up 3% of the total population.
The census findings also showed that 310,000 students now make up 23% of the total population of the emirate. 249,000 of the students attend private schools, while 61,000 attend public ones.
Sharjah's and its areas' geographical demographics
The census revealed that Sharjah's main city and its areas had a healthy population distribution. With 1.6 million population, Sharjah City is the largest city in the region, followed by Khorfakkan (53,000), Kalba (51,000), Al Dhaid (33,000), Al Hamriyah (19,000), and Al Madam (18,000). Dibba Al-Hisn now has 15,000 residents, 7,000 people live in Al Bataeh, and 6,000 people are in Mleiha.
The statistics show that Sharjah's population, labour force, and student numbers are all increasing gradually. These results highlight the emirate's dedication to development as well as its initiatives to promote diversity, inclusion, and integration among the many nationalities who call Sharjah home and are essential to determining the emirate's future.
The emirate now contains 244,000 inhabited housing units, comprising 63,000 single-family homes, 7,000 multi-story buildings, and 38,000 other kinds of buildings. There are 340,000 households in the emirate, comprising 42,000 Emirati families and 245,000 families with foreign residents. Moreover, there are 53,000 total households.
According to the statistics, Sharjah's urban population has been growing steadily. This reflects the emirate's achievement in offering a variety of adequate housing options for every societal group while embracing the people's cultural and social diversity. Families from many cultures and origins are represented. It also demonstrates Sharjah's dedication to raising the standard of living for its citizens.
In order to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of the census process, which used the most recent technologies and methods for data collection and analysis, DSCD revealed that the Sharjah Census 2022 preliminary results were based on data collected from 10 towns, 97 suburbs, 356 districts, and 7,961 residential blocks. These data were used to plan and develop services and projects that cater to the needs of the emirate's population.
Results from the census highlight Sharjah's robust economy.
The Chairman of the DSCD commented on the findings, saying, "We are pleased to honour the department's decade-long services to Sharjah and the UAE with the publication of the Sharjah Census 2022 report's preliminary results. The department's activities go beyond just gathering statistical information.
Instead, it represents a considerably more significant sum of Sharjah's social, economic, and cultural realities. With the help of this thorough census, we are able to map the development of the emirate under the leadership of its talented and dedicated residents and employees, as well as identify areas where they require ongoing empowerment to thrive and realise their full potential.
The census findings demonstrate Sharjah's status as a sizable community that is home to many different cultures and nations. The emirate acts as a crucial centre for business, culture, and research.
Numerous socioeconomic groups that make up our society, including people, families, housing, and public infrastructure, as well as other socioeconomic segments, are all represented in our census, whose final contributions will be in determining the future direction of growth and development.
The findings will be delivered to H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council, whose vision for the future will continue directing local organisations to create an emirate that never stops making us smile.
DSCD's 10th anniversary marks a decade of fostering data-based government choices.
Since the DSCD was established in 2012 by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah's proclamation, the event marking the results of the Sharjah Census 2022 marks an important turning point.
The department has shown its ability to produce, evaluate, and communicate accurate and trustworthy data and statistics across a variety of sectors over the past ten years, supporting and promoting Sharjah's knowledge-based economy. These initiatives aid in the design of solid developmental strategies and the making of well-informed decisions within the emirate.
The event provided an immersive and interesting experience where they learned about the significant accomplishments and major initiatives of DSCD during the last ten years. Participants were given the opportunity to dig deeply into the enlightening Sharjah Census 2022 data through an interactive exhibition, revealing the demographic makeup of the emirate.