Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Image Credit: Twitter/@HHShkMohd

Dubai: A new government structure has been approved in the UAE, creating a more flexible government that can keep pace with global changes.


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the new government formation on Saturday and said that the details of the new government will be announced on Sunday at 12pm.

On his Twitter page, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Brothers and sisters, we announced on May 13, 2020 that we are going to review the structure of the government. We promised to make changes, merge ministries and entities to come out with a government that is more flexible, fast and keeping pace with the changes. I have just approved the new structure and we will announce further details tomorrow at 12."

Earlier, on May 13, 2020, Sheikh Mohammed had called for a government restructure as part of plans to prepare the country for a post-coronavirus future.

“We will review the structure and size of the government and we may merge ministries and change entities,” he had said on Twitter.

“We need a government that is more agile, flexible, and fast to keep pace with new and different national priorities.”

He added: “Anyone who thinks that the world after COVID-19 will be the same as the one before it is mistaken.”

His comments came, following the conclusion of a three-day virtual government summit that was convened to develop a post-virus strategy.

The meeting, which saw the participation of more than 100 government officials and experts, focused on six major sectors: Health, education, economy, food security, society and government.

“The post-COVID-19 phase will affect work systems in the government and private sectors, which requires the development of a comprehensive and proactive methodology that explores the features of this stage and devises solutions to its challenges,” official news agency WAM quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying.

“We can recover quickly after this pandemic that has afflicted the world … We have great confidence in the Emirates team … We want them to intensify efforts to raise the state’s readiness and enhance its ability to face any emergency in the future, and accelerate the recovery process after this challenge has receded.”