Sheikh Mohammed: UAE needs "to get better ideas"

UAE Vice President chaired a brainstorming session on how to maintain the country's rapid growth

The UAE is home to the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, an F1 circuit and some of the fastest growing airlines and airports, but it needs to develop better ideas and different ways of doing things in order to compete in an increasingly competitive global market, the country's vice president said in a meeting on Tuesday.

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said the next growth period in the UAE would require new administrative ideas given different challenges, aspirations and high ceiling of expectations, the WAM news agency said.

The remarks were made during the brainstorming session chaired by Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday in his office at Emirates Towers in the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“We need new tools, different ways of doing things and continuous innovation in the light of world's competitive environment, whose intensity increases day after day," Sheikh Mohammed said.

The meeting resulted in many new ideas proposed and Sheikh Mohammed urged his team to come up with the best ways to help lead the country’s continued expansion.

Addressing the team, he said, "My job as a team leader is to get better ideas from the work teams and use them to enhance life of people and make the UAE a better place to live in".

Sheikh Mohammed discussed with the team the position of the UAE in the light of neutral international reports, adding that "Our next projects should bear international standards that match the UAE's international status, and at the same ensure welfare for citizens."

Among others present were Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Najla Al Awar, Secretary General of the Cabinet, Ohood Al Roumi, Director-General, Office of the Prime Minister of the UAE, Abdullah Al Basti, Director General of the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Abdullah Lootah, Secretary General of Emirates Competitiveness Council.

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Posted by: Tony

HH Shaikh Mohd is a brilliant visionary who has transformed the land of Dubai from Desert to one of the best destinations in the world. Everyone loves Dubai for what it is. There is freedom for each culture and religion to practice their faith and when people pray many blessings will come upon its rulers and the country. I wish we had a leader like Shaikh Mohd in my own country. May God bless Shaikh Mohd with wisdom, good health, peace and long life to continue to good work towards the nation and its people in the years to come.

Posted by: Selamawit

My wish for Dubai is to see the Expo 2020 to be held and to be a plate form for the rest of the world. I always admire the leadership of Dubai and how dubai's leader is using his great skills of leadership. A home to be a home with a good mother. A country to be the best country with good leadership. That's what we have been learning without going to any best universities here in Dubai. This country is already at it's best yet he is still searching for new ideas. The only way to get the best IDEAS as usual you have to engage the vibrant intelligence people and entrepreneurs to come up again with a miracle once again. I preach and talk like crazy about this leadership hope the rest of the world to learn from them. MY LOVE FOR DUBAI IS END LESS!

Posted by: Sai Prakash

Ultimately, is it culture, or money that draws investors and the associated/ hired inteligentia? Frankly, I am surprised how well Dubai manages to attract persons from all cultures, without changing its own base culture, in a world where change has massacred cultural values.

Posted by: Mark Renton

Given that the best practical ideas suggested by AB readers are to increase the amount of farming in a country with a chronic water shortage, and to build an underground railway in a sprawling linear city that is 50km from end to end, let's hope HH's committee can do better......

Posted by: alnoor

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
What a great visionary and leader he has already done great work and then to say more needs to be done is the highest Quality salute your HH , what is needed is great team and leaders to follow and achieve at least 50% of his work then Dubai will be the greatest in years to come , Good and focused leaders are the key , they are few already but need lots more

May Allah bless him , admire his vision


Posted by: Jim Gilchrist - CEO of CAES

The UAE has admirably come a very long way in a short period of time, and it is impressive that Sheikh Mohammed wants continue to move forward and not lose momentum. Like all countries, it will be a challenge to maintain the UAE?s unique cultural identity while actively participating in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. The need for ?new tools, different ways of doing things and continuous innovation?, will only result if the UAE can facilitate an overall culture of change. Not change for changes? sake, but logical, rational and progressive change that includes consideration for cultural values and societal needs. Developing change-oriented leaders and managers, in all sectors, will be a key to the UAE?s future growth, prosperity and international positioning.

Posted by: Abdul-Aziz

Mr.Jim its funny how you mentioned "will only result if the UAE can facilitate an overall culture of change " and "it will be a challenge to maintain the UAE?s unique cultural identity while actively participating in an increasingly competitive global marketplace" Really is that so .. i mean i expect that from a normal employee but a CEO ?? . Culture Vs. Business ? But Oh Well Your the Experienced Here .

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