Shaikh Mohammad at the first meeting for Dubai Council Image Credit: Social Media

Dubai:  A five-year plan stating 50 goals for Dubai has been approved, it was announced on Tuesday.

The plan was approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he chaired the first meeting of Dubai Council on Tuesday.

A new system for governance of government and semi-government companies will be set under the supervision of Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Under the governance system, companies will have to set up boards of directors as a supreme authority. The new system prevents the CEO from charring the board and obliges the boards to form committees tasked with investment assessment, risk management and submitting annual performance reports to the government.

The council endorsed an immediate embark on developing a comprehensive urban plan for the emirate to ensure Dubai’s residents enjoy the highest quality of life and ensure it is the world’s best city to live in, a goal to be achieved by providing the finest facilities for the emirate’s population.

Shaikh Mohammad also approved the setting up of a Dubai Media Council chaired by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “We have also approved the setting up of the Dubai Media Council, which will house the Dubai Media Office, media and production cities, studios, radio networks, television and newspapers as well as the Dubai TV and Film Commission. “Our media competitiveness is crucial in the coming period,” the Dubai Ruler said.

New Urban plan for Dubai

The council approved strategies and mechanisms to develop Dubai’s economic system by adding attractive sectors in a manner that ensures the emirate’s superiority, global competitiveness and investment attractiveness.

These decisions aim to develop a comprehensive and integrated work system with a looking-ahead vision to improve all areas of work and life in Dubai, under the umbrella of the Dubai Council, in alignment with the “January 4 Document”, which was announced by Shaikh Mohammad.

Six commissioner generals have been appointed to oversee the strategic growth pillars. The Dubai Council will take the lead in six sectors that have been outlined in the document, including developing Dubai’s economy, services for citizens, government development, infrastructure and quality of life, justice and security, and health and knowledge, have been directed to hand over their 100-day plan within two weeks.

In the document, Shaikh Mohammad pledged to continue work on the emirate's development, consolidation of justice, and the improvement of life for future generations,”, and the rebuilding of institutional structures set new goals and targets, ensuring real transformations in the emirate to maintain its superiority and leadership in the region and the world.

The council also introduced the position of deputy general director for all Dubai departments, and approved the launch of a leadership program under the supervision of the Dubai Council to train general directors and new CEOs. A central committee has been set up to approve leadership appointments in the emirate.

The programme will train and develop a new rank of director generals and CEOs to assume these positions.

“We ask each department to nominate 3-5 new leaders to be trained to assume the newly introduced positions. I am looking for the new generation of leaders in Dubai,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

“The creation of Dubai Council is just the beginning of a series of positive changes in Dubai to cope with the regional and global developments. Dubai’s approach is based on continuous change and development ... Personally, nothing stopped me from making changes for 50 years and I will not,” Shaikh Mohammad emphasised.

The meeting was attended by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Chairman of the Executive Council and First Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Council, Shaikh Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and second Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Council.

e further said: “We also gave the green light to develop set an economic plan for the emirate to create new sectors in a way that guarantees its superiority, global competitiveness and investment attractiveness... We asked the six Commissioner Generals overseeing the strategic growth pillars to hand over a 100-day plan within two weeks”.