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Dubai ruler names board for new body to drive Islamic economy

Emirates Global Centre for Accreditation will be chaired by Dubai Municipality chief Hussain Nasser Lootah

Dubai ruler names board for new body to drive Islamic economy
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a decree forming the board of the Emirates Global Centre for Accreditation, which is part of the city's plan to lead the global Islamic economy.

Sheikh Mohammed, also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, named Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director-general of Dubai Municipality as chairman, with Hussein Salem Al Katheeri as deputy chairman.

According to news agency WAM, the board also comprises Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Dr Ahmed Ibrahim bin Kalban, Ali Abdullah Al Haj, Saeed Mohammed Al Awadhi, Abdullah Mohammed Al Awar and Atiq Juma Faraj.

The decree said the board will serve for a three-year renewable term.

The Emirates Global Centre for Accreditation aims to enhance Dubai’s position as the global capital of the Islamic economy by gaining international recognition from leading regional and global organisations, facilitating trade exchanges and strengthening the UAE’s role in industry and trade.

It also seeks to contribute towards environment, health and public safety protection, support the national economy, and help raise the competiveness of local economic organisations to international levels.

The centre also provides approval for entities responsible for accreditation and certification according to international best practices.