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Sheikh Mohammed approves UAE infrastructure projects worth $1.9bn

Projects include housing aid, building of new residential complexes, roads, schools, health centres and government buildings across parts of the UAE

Sheikh Mohammed approves UAE infrastructure projects worth $1.9bn
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. (AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday approved projects for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development worth AED7 billion ($1.9 billion).

The projects include approvals for housing aid, the building of new residential complexes, roads, schools, health centres and government buildings across parts of the UAE.

According to news agency WAM, AED5 billion have been allocated until 2021 for citizen accommodation projects that will benefit 42,000 people over the next five years. Sheikh Mohammed also visited a number of road projects on the East Coast and approved an additional AED1.5 billion for the ministry's projects.

Sheikh Mohammed said in comments published by WAM: "The government will closely follow-up on all sectors and infrastructure is at the top of its agenda to provide a decent living condition for citizens."

He also met with five ministers during his visit to inspect projects and review future plans. He then visited a school in Kalba, and youth sports complex in Fujairah and ordered the establishment of a similar complex in Ras Al Khaimah.

Sheikh Mohammed also approved the extension of Emirates Road leading to the Ras Al Khaimah ring road and the Khatm Al Milaha road reaching Fujairah.

He added: "Development must be achieved comprehensively and be balanced across all regions of the country. All regions represent a priority for President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"Housing is an essential service, and is every citizen's right, and a priority for the government. We do not accept any delay or disruption in providing residential assistance to citizens.

"Government project workers and innovators have our full appreciation. Our communication is open to all teams and our criteria for assessing performance will be on the field and on the ground, and not through office reports," he said.

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Bassam 3 years ago

May Allah Bless You Shaikh Mohammad, I wish that each Arabic leader would have at least 1% of your clear vision, strategy, integrity, authenticity, honesty, and loyalty to his people and his country. Can't the other Arabic leaders learn something from you?