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Sharjah ruler sees big hike in spending in 2012

Salary increases also in pipeline as emirate looks to ramp up spending on key projects

Sharjah ruler sees big hike in spending in 2012
The ruler of Sharjah has promised a "remarkable hike" in spending on key projects

The ruler of Sharjah has promised a "remarkable hike" in spending on key projects in the emirate, as part of a number of new directives.

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, said in a statement to state news agency WAM that he would also be ordering salary increases.

He said that Sharjah had slowed spending during the last year to "avoid plunging in the debts and problems", adding that the future would see "remarkable hike in spending on the strategic projects, services, development in the departments, increment in salaries and allowances for employees and eligible citizens as well".

WAM reported that Sheikh Sultan said he hoped the salary increases would help families to tackle their "burdens of life".

Sheikh Sultan issued the new directives while chairing the Sharjah Executive Council (SEC) meeting.

He said the directive would help to "upgrade work and increase production".

Last month, Sharjah’s ruler ordered an AED20m ($5.4m) fund be made available for Emirati families living in homes allocated for demolition until affordable housing projects have been completed.

Demand for affordable housing has doubled annually in the emirate and is currently at 5,000 homes a year, Sheikh Sultan told Sharjah TV.

Affordable housing developments for those in buildings not suitable for living have been fast tracked and will be completed within 18 months, he added.