The Sharjah Healthy City programme will soon take off under the patronage of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme council member and ruler of Sharjah.
The ceremony will take place at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, in the presence of senior World Health Organisation (WHO) officials. Sharjah joined the WHO Healthy Cities Programme in 2012 to put health at the top of social, economic and development agenda and ensure wellbeing of its residents.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also declared Sharjah the first ‘Healthy City’ in the Middle East based on new criteria set by the WHO Healthy Cities programme. Over a period of three years, Sharjah has been able to meet 88% of the 80 criteria for membership.
There are numerous projects undertaken by the emirate to improve environmental, health and educational levels of residents and spread health awareness. Sharjah has also set up a seed bank, established natural sanctuaries to protect endangered species and launched tourism projects that serve biodiversity of the emirate, in addition to enacting laws against environmental violations.