A ten acre special housing zone is going to come up for Keralites in Sharjah. The decision was reached in an interaction between Sharjah ruler Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
The meeting held at Rajbhavan on Monday, was attended by the CM’s council of ministers.
In the proposed Sharjah family city, ten tall apartment towers will be built. Ten acres of land will be required for this. There will be modern treatment facilities at the centre, at cheaper rates according to details released by the government.
It was also decided to set up an international Education Centre with public schools, engineering colleges and medical colleges in Sharjah through joint cooperation.
A cultural centre will also be set up in Sharjah to highlight the rich tradition of Kerala.
A museum to exhibit the history and culture of the state, venues to present its art forms and medical tourism centre, with focus on Ayurveda and Kerala’s Ayurveda hub will be set up at the cultural centre.
For the guests from Sharjah to the state, there will be special tourism packages.
Possibilities of investing in infrastructure were also discussed.
The state government sought the cooperation and participation of Sharjah in the state’s future projects for infrastructure development. The state proposes an investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the sector in the next four years.
The possibility of using Kerala’s expertise in information technology and Kerala Startup Mission to encourage technical entrepreneurship among Sharjah youth was also deliberated upon.
Kerala’s expertise in IT could be used for back office operations of the Sharjah government and prominent firms there.
An international medical centre near the international airport at Kannur, which will be completed in 2018, could be set up with contributions from Sharjah investors. The modern treatment facility and expertise of doctors and other staff could be utilised for this.
Governor P Sathasivam also participated in the interaction.