Cover of The Report: Sharjah 2018

The Report: Sharjah 2018

Sharjah has long played an important economic and cultural role in the UAE, and boasts one of the most diversified economies by regional standards, with no individual sector accounting for more than 20% of GDP.

The emirate has had particular success in developing a thriving industrial and manufacturing sector, which revolves around its two free zones and 19 industrial zones. As a result, Sharjah is one of the main industrial bases in the UAE, with manufacturing accounting for 17.2% of emirate-level GDP. Meanwhile, its deep commitment to promoting education remains a mainstay of Sharjah’s regional identity. The emirate is home to the first modern school to be set up in the region, which dates to 1930, as well as the first school for girls, founded in 1955. Today, Sharjah hosts two of the Middle East’s highest-ranked universities, and the sector continues to expand and deepen the educational options on offer via the range of research, vocational and training institutes that exist across the emirate.

OBG & UAE: Sharjah

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