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Fujairah population grows with development

Salah Al Deberky / 15 May 2011

FUJAIRAH - The ongoing developmental projects in Fujairah will provide thousands of job opportunities to UAE nationals and expatriates over the next years, according to government officials and economists.

They pointed out that projects in oil, tourism and business sectors will boost the economic stand of the emirate.

Dr Ibrahim Saad, Director of the Statistics Centre-Fujairah, foresees a rise in Fujairah population from 180,000 people now to approximately 210,000-220,000 people by the year 2016. He said that the analyses conducted by the centre indicated that the a development and economic boom in the emirate will lead to steep increase in the population, especially of expatriates.

“The Fujairah government, based on the said statistical figures and economists’ expectations, planned to embark on some investment and development projects which could bring in more residents here.”

The general statistical report released recently by the centre, affiliated to the Ruler’s Court of Fujairah, showed that Fujairah population of the year 2010 was around 176,825 against 165,158 in 2009. It was 154,261 people in 2008. Males dominated the population with 110,548 people in 2010 against 66,277 females, the report denoted.

Mohammed Saif Al Afkham, Director-General of Fujairah Municipality, stated that the emirate will benefit from the new projects in terms of providing job opportunities for local people, noting that the City Center-Carrefour project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, shall offer 500 jobs.

“We are now carrying out four new real estate projects downtown along with some other grand projects at Kuwait Street.”

As many as 40 new buildings are currently being constructed and some five buildings completed awaiting power supply. “We have entered into a contract with a Japanese company to implement the 2nd phase of the sewerage project in Dibba Fujairah and its affiliated areas as part of developing the infrastructure in the emirate. We are also trying to raise the number of villas in the future, and it is expected that houses in Ahfara area will reach 450 new villas to be erected on two phases, and all are erected at the expense of Shaikh Zayed Housing Programme,” Al Afkham added.

More than 24 public parks are expected to come up in the residential areas, he concluded.

salah@khaleejtimes.com

 
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