Sheikh Mohammed has warned that improper use of social media jeopardises the UAE's work and achivements
Government officials belong “in the field” interacting with members of the public, according to an open letter published online by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
In the six-point document – which Sheikh Mohammed addressed to his ‘brothers and sisters’ – he urged government officials to go out and speak to those that they are working to serve.
الإخوة والأخوات .. المواطنين والمواطنات .. مع بداية موسم جديد للعمل والانجاز في بلادنا .. أحببت أن أوجه مجموعة من الرسائل ... pic.twitter.com/aJ6EXyDxa5— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 31, 2019
“We want to see them between students and teachers, with widows and mothers, among the elderly, with the sick and in hospitals between doctors and workers,” he wrote.
“We want to see them there and hear from them among the people rather than in conferences that have increased and consumed resources and the energy of those in charge…we are a government of achievements and not a government of conferences.”
Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed urged social media users to not tarnish the efforts and accomplishment of the UAE, often in a bid to gain more followers.
“We have a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation responsible for managing our external affairs, speaking on our behalf and expressing our position on foreign policies,” he said.
“We will not allow a group of Twitter users to mess with Zayed’s legacy of credibility and love and respect for people. The good image of the UAE and the Emiratis must remain bright as Zayed wanted and built.”
In the letter, Sheikh Mohammed also discussed Emiratisation efforts, which he said continues to be a high priority for the government.
“The number of complaints against Emiratisation have increased and we hear it. And the level of satisfaction the people have with dealing with those in charge has decreased, and we have observed it. Providing jobs for Emiratis was and remains a priority.”
Sheikh Mohammed also said that the UAE is to become more competitive on a global level as it continues to improve its foreign trade.
“However, we are not a country that moves according to the average economic rates. We are a country that seeks to make economic leaps,” he wrote.
Looking to the future, Sheikh Mohammed said that the country needs to be increasingly involved in “quality projects” and in advancing “exceptional ideas that could be beneficial to the economy.
“In the coming period, we need to be involved in quality projects and exceptional ideas to advance our economy,” he said. “Real estate projects need to be revamped to bring added value to the national economy so they do not become a burden and a source of imbalance in our economic process.”