Sheikh Mohammed calls on new gov't cabinet to 'maximise efforts' to meet high expectations
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's prime minister and vice-president, on Sunday called on the government's new cabinet to deliver on expectations, adding that local citizens "deserve the best".
Sheikh Mohammed, also ruler of Dubai, said members must "maximise their efforts to address important national issues and key developmental and social priorities to realise the aspirations of citizens for a decent life".
Speaking at the first meeting of the new cabinet at the Presidential Palace, he added in comments published by news agency WAM: "Expectations are great, trust in you is high, the priorities are crystal clear and the people of UAE deserve the best."
He instructed ministers to work as one team, setting the improvement of government services as the No 1 priority.
"We work with the spirit of one team with a common vision, one president... and development of services provided to citizens will be the top priority," the PM said.
During the meeting, the first of the UAE's tenth cabinet, Sheikh Mohammed added: "The success of the government will be measured by the society and satisfaction of people is an end that can be realised... the homeland will only make progress when tremendous challenges have been addressed and met."
Earlier this month, Sheikh Mohammed announced a major cabinet reshuffle that included four new ministers and a new ministry.
Among the changes was the appointment of Suhail Bin Mohammed al-Mazroui as Minister of Energy, replacing Mohammed al-Hamli.
The new ministers also included Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, who became Minister of State, and Abdullah Bin Mohammed Ghobash, who became Minister of State.
Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, another new minister, was appointed Minister of Public Works. He replaced Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who became Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Other changes in the reshuffle saw Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, former Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, move to become Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
Former Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi was appointed Minister of Development and International Cooperation.
Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, former Acting Minister of Health, and Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, was appointed Minister of Health.
The cabinet also approved the establishment of a temporary committee to devise a comprehensive strategy for development of the telecommunications sector within one year.