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Thu 21 Jan 2010 05:33 PM

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Dubai govt body restructures to boost efficiency

Dubai's Executive Council to be organised around 5 new committees.

Dubai's crown prince on Thursday said one of its main government bodies would be reorganised, as the debt-laden emirate tries to improve its decision-making process.Under the restructuring, Dubai's Executive Council will be organised around five new committees, according to the official state news agency.

The move will "enhance decision-making process within the various government sectors in Dubai," according to the resolution issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Once-booming Dubai in the past decade relied heavily on borrowed money to fuel its aggressive expansion, but the global financial downturn sparked a debt crisis.

The 5 new committees are:

* Economic development commission, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates [EMIRA.UL], Dubai Civil Aviation

* Commission on security and justice, chaired by Dahi Khalfan Tamim, commander in chief of Dubai Police

* Commission for social development, chaired by Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director general of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the establishment of Dubai

* Committee on infrastructure and environment, chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

* Health and safety commission, chaired by Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality (Reuters)

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