“Sharjah Executive” issues “Sharjah Guidelines for Planning Child Friendly Public Spaces”

Sharjah: The Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah, during its weekly meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Council, issued the “Child Planning Guidelines for Sharjah Friendly Public Places”, which prepared by the Child-Friendly Sharjah Office of the Council. The Supreme Council for Family Affairs, in collaboration with the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, is a link in a series of initiatives that enhance the regional and international status of the emirate of Sharjah as the first child-friendly city in the region.

The guide aims to develop a flexible framework that can keep up with development to improve the social life of children and adolescents, so that it meets their current needs and encourages innovation and creativity in planning for the future. In addition to strengthening the approach of partnership and coordination in the planning and design of child-friendly public spaces, and the development of resources that support the vision of the Emirate of Sharjah in planning, delivering and fulfilling the requirements in accordance with the general policy to become a family-friendly City.

The guide is intended for various collaborators and workers in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of public places and is considered a unique reference at the regional and global level as it contains ten guiding principles for child-friendly public places, based on best practices and local and international standards, and strives support partnerships in the design and implementation of public places that meet the needs of children and families, so that the Emirate of Sharjah is an example to follow in the region and the world.

The guide is designed to support experts in the sector of planning and development of open public spaces within three levels, as it includes the scale of the location where the project takes place, or at the level of the neighborhood, and then at the scale of the city as a whole, so that the resulting spaces meet the requirements of different groups to enjoy them, while creating an environment that accepts children and encourages interaction between generations.

In her statement on the adoption of the guide, Her Excellency Dr. Khawla Al Mulla, President of the Directorate of Family Affairs and Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, said: “The family is the cornerstone of the formation of societies and an element that has been and still is aimed at his concern, the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, who believed that today’s children are the creators of the future of the Emirate, therefore this guide represents a new chapter in the book of pioneering achievements of Sharjah, an emirate that raised the slogan of family cohesion and care for children in its various development directions and policies, until it became a family-friendly city AND a family, which accepts the innocence of children so that they can pursue their hobbies and have fun safely in their spaces and facilities that are trained to receive them, contain their skills and hobbies and provide them with luxury.”

dr. Hessa Al-Ghazal, Director of the Sharjah Children’s Office, said: “The achievement of this guide reflects the prestigious position Sharjah has taken on the map of child-friendly cities, as it represents one of the world’s leading achievements. in setting standards that guarantee children the enjoyment of an architectural environment that takes into account their needs and meets the requirements of their upbringing as elements of the future construction of societies, since these standards guarantee them the practice of their various activities in a safe environment that ensures their enjoyment of health and well-being, and provides them with basic services such as quality education, a society that accepts them without any discrimination, and places to play and have fun that are based on strengthening the spirit of inquiry and developing multiple skills in children”.

Engineer Khaled Al Ali, Secretary General of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, said: “After being awarded the title of ‘Sharjah for Kids’ as the first city to meet international standards in the region, the emirate is still striving to raise the standard of public spaces to improve a status conferred upon it by the efforts of its wise leadership in promoting the environment In order for the emirate to serve all members of society, including children and families, and be a preferred, attractive and more advanced place in the application of these standards, the Sharjah Urban Planning Council has worked, in fruitful collaboration with ” Child-Friendly Sharjah Office”, on the preparation of Sharjah’s guide to planning child-friendly public places, as part of a wider project. planning.

He added: “The guide emphasizes the importance of distributing public places throughout the city in a proportional and equal way, and the need to find a good distribution system for open public places accessible to all, taking into account the existence of public spaces. “

Recreational facilities that help improve the beauty of the city and the quality of its environment, including green areas, children’s playgrounds, squares, parks and various recreational and cultural facilities that at the same time meet the structural and intellectual needs of children.”

The guide is considered as an applied reference for the child-friendly urban planning project, which was launched by the “Sharjah Children’s Office” last year 2021, and was developed by the office’s child-friendly urban planning project, in strategic partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Program for human settlements and by the Sharjah Urban Planning Council Electronic copy of the guide (E-book) on the Child-Friendly Sharjah Office website. https://sharjahchildfriendlyoffice.ae/ar/

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