x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Sharjah to honour building designs with Islamic flavour

Projects that best adapt Islamic and local architecture will be rewarded as part of a move to encourage innovation in the area's booming construction industry.

SHARJAH // Projects that best adapt Islamic and local architecture will be rewarded as part of a move to encourage innovation in the area's booming construction industry. Starting this year, the Sharjah Department of Planning and Survey will honour its top 10 consulting firms, said Salah Butti, the director general of the department.

Building consultants are key partners in urban development and in transforming the Emirate of Sharjah into a modern city, said Mr Butti. The department will also honour the best proposals for the development of planning and building legislation, best technical documentation and best presentation. Mr Butti also announced that all the consulting firms would be connected to a new electronic system that would allow all transactions to be easily tracked.

"We have already put this system in place at the department and soon our technicians will start connecting all the firms," he said. "Engineers will be able to submit their projects on the system like they would do on e-mails and get our response through the same system." Mr Butti said the department would organise workshops to train all registered engineers to use the program. In a meeting with consulting firms, the related problem of traffic congestion was also raised, and Mr Butti said that it was endemic to all developing cities such as Sharjah.

He said that the population of Sharjah was now more than one million and the per-capita income of residents had increased, making owning a car within reach of almost half the population. A firm specialising in road networks has been commissioned to produce a study on the traffic problem in Sharjah and suggest possible solutions. @Email:ykakande@thenational.ae