UAE Prime Minister launches a 7-year national agenda to further improve country’s development towards continued success.
The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched on Tuesday the UAE National Agenda for the next seven years, viewed as an extension to UAE Vision 2021 and coinciding with the golden jubilee of the UAE Union.
The Agenda is expected to have significant positive impact particularly on Education, Health, Housing and Infrastructure sectors.
Commenting on the occasion, Sheikh Mohammed said, “We have achieved so much over the past years under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and through thousands of local and federal work teams under one umbrella and leadership. Hence, the UAE has reached the first rank in many fields. It has launched major projects, and has won bids to host major international events”.
Two major victories for the UAE in the recent past include Abu Dhabi winning to host the headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the most recent being Dubai’s successful bid to host the Expo 2020.
He added that the UAE has proven that its economy is one of the strongest economies, as it is growing in a way that exceeds all expectations. Besides, Emiratis have shown that they are the happiest people across the globe, according to United Nations reports.
“In the name of Sheikh Khalifa and my name, we thank the thousands of teams who exerted their utmost efforts to score the achievements. But we have not yet reached our destination, ambition and vision. In the next seven years we will have to put in lots of work. Development will be rapid, projects and initiatives will be launched, and great achievements and challenges lie ahead. If the work of Emirati teams was rated at 100 per cent in previous years, we would make it 200 per cent,” he said.
UAE National Agenda – positive impact on various sectors
Education – Sheikh Mohammed said all public schools and curricula will be transformed into smart learning. Governmental investments in nurseries will be increased in the light of the important role they play.
Health – The UAE Ministry of Health, in conjunction with all health authorities nationwide will work to accredit all public and private hospitals in accordance with the world class standards in terms of services and quality of medical cadres. Any unaccredited hospital would not be allowed to operate in the UAE after 2021.
Housing– One of the objective of the national agenda is to shorten the waiting period for housing applications from 10 years to two years, noting that this period has already been reduced to five years. “It is a world record time for provision of houses to youth planning to establish families.”
Infrastructure – Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE is looking forward to the best infrastructure in the world over land, air and sea, as well as becoming the best in the world in the ease of doing business.
Emiratisation effort to focus on UAE private sector
Sheikh Mohammed said the year 2013 was declared as the year for tawteen (Emiratisation), adding that many results had been achieved so far in this respect. “Our goal is to increase the Emiratisation in the private sector tenfold. The government will enforce a number of measures if there is not enough incentive for working in the private sector.”
UAE Nationals have in the past opted for Government jobs due to various factors such as the reduced number of working hours, the number of holidays and job security. However, in what it appears to be a change in attitudes among nationals towards working in the private sector, a recent research by Aon Hewitt reveals that UAE nationals working in the private sector reported significantly higher levels of engagement (60%), compared to their counterparts in the public sector (34%).
UAE GNI per capita to increase by 65%
Over the next seven years, Sheikh Mohammed continued, “we are set to increase the gross national income per capita by 65 percent, and to make the UAE the safest place in the world, in addition to achieving a four-minute response time for all emergency calls.
Another objective is to make the UAE the top country in smart-phone governmental services. Dubai has already announced their plans to make the city a “smart-city” by enabling linking the emirate’s government services and the public through the use of smart devices accessed freely using high-speed wireless internet connections
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his optimism in achieving the national agenda, and said that the seven emirates will work together as one team to ensure that the national agenda is achieved.