Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the formation of Dubai Council, on Saturday, on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of his ascension as Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed said: We welcome 2020 with optimism and renewed goals of ensuring the best quality of life for our residents and visitors. This year, we develop our social and economic governance to foresee future global opportunities for Dubai.
From Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the people, residents and visitors of Dubai.
Based on our observations and consultations, we have decided the following:
The formation of “Dubai Council” that I will chair, with Hamdan Bin Mohammed and Maktoum Bin Mohammed serving as my first and second deputies respectively. Six officials in Dubai will be appointed to oversee the six strategic growth pillars of the emirate. The Chairman of the Executive office in Dubai will be appointed as the secretary general of the Dubai Council.
The Dubai Council will lead the change in the emirate, oversee the economic and social governance in Dubai and ensure its global competitiveness, economic leadership and attractiveness to become among the best cities in the world.
The Dubai Council will map out the vision for the emirate’s next 50 years. Leaders of the future Hamdan Bin Mohammed and Maktoum bin Mohammed will oversee the vision and establish the developmental agenda to ensure the best quality of life for citizens, residents and visitors of Dubai.
The Dubai Council will oversee the launch of major projects in the emirate, work on introducing new development sectors and foresee future global opportunities. e council will also oversee the governance of the government and semi-government companies.
Council members include Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Excellency Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, His Excellency Talal Humaid Belhoul, His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer and His Excellency Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri.
The Executive Council of Dubai remains responsible for following up on the implementation of strategies, managing government performance and ensuring high-quality services.
The six growth pillars that members of the councils will supervise are: Dubai economy, citizen services, government development, infrastructure, security and justice, and health and knowledge.
Each council member will monitor the progress of a group of government entities and departments and follow up the status of implementation of objectives.
Advisory boards comprising seven members (from the public and private sector) shall be set up for each pillar. e advisory boards shall present ideas and suggestions and report observations to the council on the work ow of each pillar to ensure transparency, consolidate the sense of responsibility and involve expertise in the decision-making process.
His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum shall be appointed as the Commissioner General of “Dubai economy” pillar to oversee the Department of Economic Development, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Dubai’s free zones, airports, ports and customs. In addition to their current responsibilities, His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer shall be appointed as the Commissioner General of the “infrastructure, urban planning and wellbeing” pillar to oversee Dubai Municipality, Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment and Dubai Land Department; His Excellency Talal Belhoul shall be appointed as the Commissioner General of the “security and justice” pillar to oversee Dubai Courts, Dubai Civil Defense and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services; His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti will be the Commissioner General of “government development” sector to oversee Dubai Government Human Resources Department, Dubai Statistics Center and Dubai Smart Government Department; His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer shall be appointed as the Commissioner General of the “health and knowledge” sector to oversee Dubai Health Authority, and Knowledge and Human Development Authority; His Excellency Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri shall be appointed as the Commissioner General of “citizen services” sector to oversee the Community Development Authority, and Islamic A airs and Charitable Activities Department. The council is authorized to add new pillars and remove or add new departments across the six pillars.
The Dubai Council to conduct meetings at least once a month, with its agenda set to include the launch of a major project in the emirate. e Executive Office to act as the General Secretariat of the Dubai Council.
Agreements shall be signed with director generals of government departments in Dubai and approved by the Dubai Council. The agreements, to be reviewed every two years, shall state the objectives and projects of every department in Dubai. Those who fail to bring about real change within two years shall be relieved of their duties.
To conclude this charter, we reaffirm that the ultimate goal of the new system in Dubai is to create new transformations, overcome emerging challenges, rejuvenate ideas and ensure a better future for our current and next generations for whom we strive to leave the world’s most livable city.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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In a statement to Nation Shield magazine on the occasion of the 48th UAE National Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid added, "We will continue to deliver the future for our generations to come."
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