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Sheikh Mohammed launches new roadmap for growth with Dubai Plan 2021

Dubai ruler reveals strategy to drive new phase of development in the emirate over next seven years

Sheikh Mohammed launches new roadmap for growth with Dubai Plan 2021
Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. (AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the Dubai Plan 2021, which outlines a new phase of development in the emirate over the next seven years.

Dubai Plan 2021 aims to reinforce Dubai's positioning as a global centre and destination following the successful bid to host the World Expo 2020, the plan to become the capital of the Islamic economy, and the launch of the Dubai Smart City strategy, news agency WAM reported.

The framework of Dubai Plan 2012 includes six themes that define the emirate - City of Happy, Creative and Empowered People; An Inclusive & Cohesive Society - The Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit; A Smart and Sustainable City; A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy; A Pioneering and Excellent Government.

Launching Dubai Plan 2021 is the beginning of a new chapter of sustainable and systematic developments in all vital sectors in Dubai, he said at a launch ceremony which was also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highlighted the importance of cooperation between all stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the plan, which targets people’s happiness and welfare.

He said that rapid regional and global changes "compel us to double our efforts to protect our achievements and enhance our opportunities to reach new ones".

The Dubai ruler added that Dubai Plan 2021 is a "clear and detailed roadmap".

Sheikh Hamdan directed all entities in the government of Dubai to align their strategic plans with Dubai Plan 2021 to ensure consistency and synergy, adding: "Dubai 2021 is a city that puts people first. Dubai Plan 2021 is the highest priority for government of Dubai for the next seven years.

"It represents a roadmap documenting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai’s future and an interpretation for the community’s hopes and aspirations for a promising future."

Commenting on the launch of the plan, Abdullah Al Shaibani, secretary-general of Dubai Executive Council, said: "Dubai is a city that embraces all members of its community with their diverse cultures and languages, and makes them feel an integral part and key players in shaping its future.

"Our wise leadership constantly urges us to look for ways that guarantee people’s happiness and offer them better services with the highest international standards.

"During our continuous collaboration with all partners in the formulation of Dubai Plan 2021, we have translated these visions into reality through initiatives, programmes and strategic plans developed to enhance Dubai's status locally and globally".

He added: "Dubai continues to flourish and rise, and launching Dubai Plan 2021 supports Dubai’s development, ensuring its sustainability in line with long term well thought out standards that align with leadership’s vision and that fulfil the needs of all of Dubai’s people."

Dubai Plan 2021 complements Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed in 2007.