Adding life to years
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Sharjah is the first Arab city to join the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. As part of the Sharjah Strategic Plan 2017-2020, the Directorate of Housing (DH) is taking a major role by providing an innovative housing solution for older people. All governmental entities are working hand in hand to transform Sharjah into an age-friendly city. Our role as the Directorate of Housing is to provide housing solutions that will ensure our older citizens are part of the community.  The Directorate provided a full grant to cover the costs of housing service, providing three main innovative services. The first service offered is the building of a housing unit on the same land as an older person’s son, daughter or grandchild. This solution enhances family bonds and makes sure that older family members are still active. Moreover, older people will be part of their grandchildren’s upbringing and the valuable heritage of the UAE will pass to the next generation. The second service is building a housing unit on new land that will accommodate older people and their family members. Different housing design options are available to choose from, and these designs are specially tailored to suit the older person’s needs. The Directorate works with the other authorities to provide land that is close to different services and facilities. The third service is providing maintenance to existing houses and modifying existing units to suit older people’s needs. The Directorate delivers maintenance to housing units that are in need of repairs to increase the home’s life span. In this service, the Directorate adds elements that ease movement around the house,  for example by adding an elevator and replacing fixtures such as sinks, showers, toilets and wall-mounted hardware. The Directorate also provides urgent maintenance to houses that are affected by natural disaster.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Younger people intergenerational

Sector(s): Housing

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: sharjah agefriendly

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