UAE's PM reveals vision for next seven years

Sheikh Mohammed launches National Agenda; key targets set on Emiratisation, education, wealth and housing
Emirati Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 14 Jan 2014 07:08 PM

The UAE's prime minister and vice-president on Tuesday launched a National Agenda for the country to tackle issues including Emiratisation, housing and education.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also ruler of Dubai, announced the UAE National Agenda which sets key targets for the next seven years.

In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed outlined the initiative, saying: "Our vision and ambitions haven’t been satisfied yet despite our many achievements in the past years.

"Seven years of hard work, rapid development and enormous projects with great challenges are ahead of us to realise our targets."

High on the agenda is Emiratisation and Sheikh Mohammed challenged the UAE's private sector to make significant improvements in the number of Emiratis employed.

He set a target to increase Emiratisation tenfold by 2021, adding that the UAE Government would intervene in the event of a shortfall.

He tweeted: "Government will take action in case the private sector falls short of fulfilling the Emiratisation resolution," without elaborating further.

He said the National Agenda will also aim to increase the GDP per capita by 65 percent within the next seven years.

The National Agenda will also include moving education toward smart learning and doubling government investments in kindergartens, the Dubai ruler said.

The seven-year initiative will also seek to improve housing.

“Another objective of the National Agenda is to reach global high rates in housing for youngsters. As such, submitted housing applications will be completed over a period of two years,” he added.

On the health sector, Sheikh Mohammed said that any non-accredited hospital would not be allowed to operate in the UAE after 2021.

Another objective is to have 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, another tweet read.

The National Agenda also includes the ambition for the UAE to become the world's safest haven and for all emergency calls to be answered within four minutes.

"I am optimistic of realising our #NationalAgenda during the next seven years, and the entire UAE will work as one team to achieve our resolutions," Sheikh Mohammed said.

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