Sharjah, the third largest and third most populous Emirate in the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Sharjah is one of the most visited cities in the world due to its rich background, attractive sites and business opportunities. Dubai borders with the Emirate of Sharjah from the south, Ras Al Khaimah from the east and Ajman and Umm Al Quwain from the north. Sharjah also hosts the coastlines of the Persian Gulf from the west and Gulf of Oman from the east.
In the past few years, investments have been made across multiple sectors of Sharjah’s economy, including government-backed initiatives to encourage global firms, SMEs and local startups to locate in the emirate.
World Health Organization (WHO) has officially named Sharjah, Health City. In addition Sharjah is regarded as the cultural capital of the UAE, and was declared the Islamic Culture Capital in 2014. UNESCO has also named Sharjah ‘World Book Capital’ in 2019. The 2016 edition of QS Best Student Cities ranked Sharjah as the 68th best city in the world to be a university student.
The emirate is launching few world class projects such as : Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP), Sharjah Publishing City (SPC), and the master plan for Sharjah Healthcare City. The creation of these new free zones forms part of a wider strategy to help prepare Sharjah’s economy for the fourth industrial revolution by attracting innovative, knowledge-led ventures to Sharjah.
Sharjah’s largest free zone, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, launched ‘Sharjah Food Park’, a regional hub for the Middle East and North Africa’s multi-billion dollar food industry, covering a total area of 11 million square meters (118 million square feet).