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VP launches ‘Ministry of Possibilities’


Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed during the Cabinet gathering.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the world’s first virtual Ministry of Possibilities to incubate and develop radical solutions for the government’s most critical challenges.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued directives to start working on the first phase of a number of national programmes in the form of four departments. These include the Department of Anticipatory Services, Department of Behavioral Rewards, Department of UAE Talent and Department of Government Procurement.

The Ministry of Possibilities represents the next generation of government operations and oversees key functions that require quick, bold and effective decisions. Its roles include applying design-thinking and experimentation to develop proactive and disruptive solutions to tackle critical issues, bringing together federal and local government teams and the private sector. Through its work, the Ministry will instill a culture in which impossible challenges can be tackled effectively.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “The reality we are experiencing in the UAE today is a product of unconventional leadership. We need modern systems to make our unconventional ambitions a reality.”  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum noted that “the future brings challenges that require constant government restructuring. The word impossible does not exist in our dictionary. It is not part of our vision and will never be part of our future.”

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and a number of ministers and dignitaries attended the launch of the new ministry.

The Ministry of Possibilities will help redefine the concept of government by creating a platform for addressing radical changes in government systems. The Ministry will adopt new innovative models and working methods to take calculated risks, with the aim of improving the people’s quality of life. The Ministry will showcase a new model for next generation government operations to the world. 

 Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, said “The concept of the Ministry of Possibilities is not entirely new to the UAE that has integrated the culture of tackling the impossible into its work system, approach and vision right from the founding of the nation Tackling the impossible has been a unifying developmental project and part of a future vision that has contributed to making the UAE the most innovative nation in the region.

“The UAE leadership continues to reinforce the concept of the possible in all sectors of life, dedicating all possible capabilities, resources, energies and, most importantly, the willpower to defy the impossible,” he added.

Al Gergawi referred to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision according to which “nothing can stop our ambitions and aspirations. The word impossible does not exist in the dictionary of the UAE’s leadership and people.”

“The ministry will address urgent government issues by developing proactive and radical solutions to overcome pressing challenges, improve government services and instill a culture of tackling the impossible,” he further said.

Al Gergawi pointed out that the Ministry will partner with other ministries as well as public and private entities to address pressing issues and achieve objectives and results within a specific time frame.

The Ministry of Possibilities represents a pioneering development approach that the UAE leadership has adopted, inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision of making the UAE one of the world’s leading countries. The Ministry also translates the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed as part of which “the word impossible does not exist in the UAE’s approach and work system,”. It will seek to achieve this by creating a unique Emirati model that adopts positive change and effective solutions to turn difficult challenges to opportunities for proactively meeting the nation’s needs.