A self-counting system (iCensus) for the Sharjah Census 2015 will be made available to all residents of Sharjah from Tuesday, 1 December, announced the Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD), organisers of the project.
This follows the completion of the data gathering phase of the census launched in October and concluded on 19 November.
Being held under the slogan “For a Better Tomorrow”, the census will provide accurate and reliable statistical data to be used for the development of the emirate including economic and social sectors.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Sharjah Census 2015 and Chairman of DSCD, said this phase will be launched by sending text messages, including a user name and password, to all Sharjah residents who registered during the data gathering phase. Those who wish to complete the survey themselves can do so through online applications available on the website www.sharjahcensus.ae on Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said, “Self-counting will be open to all residents in Sharjah, even those who originally preferred the conventional method carried out by researchers through visits to their homes. Residents who chose the conventional counting method will also have the chance to use the self-counting system from 1-5 December. After this date, researchers will visit families that did not register electronically in order to conclude the census operations.”
Al Thani added that “The self-counting option eliminates the need for researchers to visit residents in their own homes and said that the census website was designed to allow a smooth and easy process for completing the census online.”
“The census project is a national obligation for the citizens and residents of Sharjah, and everyone should cooperate with the researchers and observers to complete it. No-one in Sharjah can be excluded from the census and everyone is required to cooperate. The census results will serve everyone in the Emirate and help ensure its continued growth, success and prosperity. Residents should keep in mind that their data is only being used for measuring the size, growth and needs of the Emirate, will not be used for any other purpose and will be kept strictly confidential,” he concluded.
According to Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani the researchers are fluent in languages other than Arabic and English, such as Urdu, Hindi, Filipino, Russian, Chinese, Bengali, French, German, and Spanish, following the identification of areas with high levels of expat residents. Initially researchers met with families and asked about the name of the father, the number of family members, contact information, and whether the family wished to use the self-counting system and register electronically without a researcher visiting them to gather relevant information.
“A high level of residents responded favorably to the online method of self-counting, this was in fact 55%,” he said. “The census committee will continue to launch awareness and advertising campaigns during the coming period to raise public awareness about the importance of participation, and invite people to register electronically and a press conference will be held to announce the results after the completion of the census,” he added.
The data gathering phase of the census provided preliminary data and figures, which determined the scope and distribution of work for the researchers in the counting stage, in addition to the provision of detailed data on all buildings and facilities in the Emirate.
The Sharjah Census 2015 aims to provide accurate and reliable statistical data on economic, social, and demographic conditions in the emirate, and on other sectors. The census results are expected to contribute to the launch of several development projects in the Emirate of Sharjah due to its important role in providing the necessary statistical data for decision-makers, officials, and investors about economic, social, and cultural situation in Sharjah, as well as information about real estate, including the type and location of properties, which will enhance economic and construction activities to keep up with current and future needs.