In celebration of World Statistics Day, the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) held a workshop, entitled “A Global Tour with Digital Statistics” at the Museum of Islamic Civilization.
The speakers were Mr. Abdalla Almehrzi, Director of the Innovation & Development Department in Sharjah and Mrs. Samia Warda, Business Faculty at the HCT-Sharjah Men’s campus (SJM). The workshop discussed the essential role that data and statistics play in the decision making and interpretation of economic and social trends in the United Arab Emirates.
SJM Business attended the workshop along with dignitaries from various government departments. Upon arrival to the museum, students were welcomed by Mrs. Meera Al Mashwi- Statistical Analyst- from the Planning and Economic Studies Department at SEDD. Students were then taken on a brief tour of the museum which holds thousands of rare and impressive Islamic artifacts.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Amr Saleh, Economic Advisor at SEDD who explained that the Economic Development Department has a wealth of data generated by the Licensing Department which facilitate the reporting on types of businesses and investors’ satisfaction. He stressed that data is key to achieving competitiveness.
Mr. Abdalla Almehrzi explained that the streamlining and analysis of data obtained from all government authorities is a priority for the Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, in order to maintain the social and economic prosperity of the emirate. He explained that digital transformation in the field of statistics is the way forward.
SJM faculty member Samia Warda explained how statistics are as an integral part of the Business curriculum at HCT and how the access to data and economic metrics supports students’ learning. She highlighted the different applications of statistics and data analytics in business operations and marketing and how Amazon introduced a “culture of metrics’ in 1997 to better serve its customers.
Abdalla Mohamed Al Shamsi, a year 1 Business student, expressed his pleasure for attending the workshop; “the session was very informative and I now understand how important statistics are for the country and I am thankful that SEDD invited us and I will certainly try to do my work placement there”.
Omran Obaid Altamini, a Marketing Major student said “I’ve learned that data is more accessible now in the UAE compared to 10 years ago due to the use of technology, I’m amazed that drones are now used to collect data.”