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Sharjah Research Academy, University of Sharjah and Sharjah Municipality Sign a Cooperation Agreement for the Implementation of a Scientific Research Project for Additional Treatment

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, November 22, 2017

Sharjah Research Academy, University of Sharjah, and Sharjah Municipality have signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement aimed at implementing an important and unique research project in Sharjah, for the development of reusable treated waste-water from the Sajaa Sewage Treatment Plant.

The Agreement was signed at the headquarters of Sharjah Research Academy located in the University City, Sharjah, by Professor Dr Amr Abdel Hamid, Director of Sharjah Research Academy; Hamid Majul Al Nuaimi, Director of University of Sharjah; and HE Thabit Salem Obaid Al Tarifi, Director General of Sharjah Municipality.

This initiative is one of the featured projects in Sharjah that ensures a better future for the emirate and its cities, in addition to the achievement of sustainable development.

The Agreement aims at achieving cooperation among all parties to carry out a project on applied scientific research, in order to discover the best means for the treatment and the reuse of sewage and waste-water at Sajaa Plant, Sharjah, in industrial and agricultural fields.

The Agreement established a committee from the Research Academy, University, and Municipality to supervise the project implementation stages. The committee comprises of Dr Amr Abdel Hamid and Dr Mufeed Al-Samurai from Sharjah Research Academy; Dr Abdullah Shannabelah from Sharjah University; as well as Fatima Al-Thahoori and Fatima Al-Mu'aini from Sharjah Municipality.

Dr Amr Abdel Hamid, Director of Sharjah Research Academy, conveyed that the project reflects the vision of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which intends to achieve integration in all areas and sectors by mobilising efforts among all institutions and departments.

This project will overcome some of the challenges faced by Sharjah. He pointed out the importance of the partnership with University of Sharjah and Sharjah Municipality to provide high quality research and scientific services, ensuring the highest technical and environmental standards that promote business development to guarantee a better future for emirate.

Abdel Hamid added that the Sharjah Research Academy delivers many governmental and private bodies with its diverse research experiences and expertise in medical, social, engineering, and environmental sciences.

Dr Hamid Majul Al Nuaimi, Director of University of Sharjah, said that the strategic partnership with Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Research Academy contributes to the improvement of climatic and environmental conditions, which efficiently serves all categories and sectors in Sharjah. For the duration of the project, data and information will be continuously updated to warrant positive results that serve Sharjah’s future aspirations. In addition, this project is not their first cooperation with the Municipality, they have several agreements and joint initiatives. He added that through this project, they are aiming at achieving the highest rate of positive results contributing to the preservation of the environment and public health, fulfilling the aspirations of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Furthermore, HE Thabit Salem Obaid Al Tarifi, Director General of Sharjah Municipality, affirmed that the Municipality is dedicated to accomplishing and implementing initiatives that have a positive impact on Sharjah. This agreement emerges from the objectives and vision for the future of the Department, through contributing to the construction and development of the emirate and improving Sharjah’s sustainable development components.

The Agreement contained the project implementation stages that centred around analysing the Plant’s input and output in specialised laboratories to identify their chemical, biological, and natural properties, comparing the characteristics of the outputs with the specific specifications required for the reuse of treated waste-water in industrial and agricultural fields in Sharjah. Through identifying the scientific and technological means that can be used, further treatment of outputs can be discovered, leading to the possibility of using treated waste-water in different areas. Moreover, the Agreement included conducting laboratory research to study and identify the best technological means suitable for use in Sharjah and testing the best technological means resulting from laboratory tests conducted in the previous stages on the outputs of the Sajaa Plant through a limited channel.