This chapter includes the following articles.
Among the most diversified economies in both the UAE and the wider GCC region, Sharjah has developed strong manufacturing, tourism and logistics industries, among other non-oil sectors. Against a backdrop of reduced oil prices and lower economic growth, local and federal authorities are working to develop the economy further through a range of measures intended to improve the business environment, attract more foreign investment and bolster government finances. Out of a UAE-wide GDP of Dh1.37trn ($373bn) in 2015, Sharjah’s portion reached Dh85.66bn ($23.6bn), or 6.3% of the total, making it the third-largest economy in the federation after Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
This chapter contains interviews with Khalifa Mohammed Al Kindi, Chairman, Central Bank of the UAE; Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman, Department of Seaports and Customs.