UNICEF's first child-friendly city is one of the Emirates

We have some great news that 21 per cent of the United Arab Emirates population will be pleased to hear. That’s a whopping 1.3 million happy people… or should we say happy children?
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UNICEF's first child-friendly city is one of the Emirates

We know the Middle East and the term 'child-friendly' go hand-in-hand, what with all the kiddie-centric parks, eateries and educational activities around; LEGOland, and Children’s City to name just a couple. So it would be a lie to say we were caught off-guard by this monumental revelation.

We’re delighted to report that Sharjah has officially been titled the first ever ‘Child-Friendly City’ (CFC) in the world by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in appreciation of its exceptional endeavours and triumph in the promotion and protection of children’s rights. The Emirate has set up a number of child initiatives, such as the Children Shura Council, a child parliament to build a generation educated on democracy.

Sharjah adds this title to its long list of achievements, right alongside its title of ‘Baby-Friendly City’ granted by the UN and World Health Organisation just three years ago.

The title was awarded in the presence of Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and Chairperson of the Sharjah Baby-Friendly Office, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, at the Consultative Council of Sharjah in the midst of a special session for Sharjah’s children and youth.

His Highness explained, “I would like to recall my words when Sharjah was crowned with the Baby-Friendly City title. That day I said that our efforts will not stop and we will strive for more, because the welfare of children has no limits, and it is more than a goal by which to receive regional and international recognition.” We think it’s safe to say they've achieved that and more.

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