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Sheikh Mohammed launches new strategy to shape UAE's future

Dubai ruler announces the UAE Strategy for the Future, a roadmap that will take the nation to the next era of development

Sheikh Mohammed launches new strategy to shape UAE's future

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Wednesday the UAE Strategy for the Future, a comprehensive roadmap that will take the nation to the next era of development.

According to news agency WAM, the long-term strategy will steer the nation’s transformational growth by identifying the needs and challenges of the future.

Ratified by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, the UAE Strategy for the Future will be implemented in three phases – short, medium and long-term – each with clear benchmarks and performance indicators, WAM said.

As part of the strategy, future prototypes for sectors including healthcare, education, social development and the environment will be developed and will form the basis for governmental policymaking.

The strategy also focuses on building national human competencies in all the key sectors, strengthening international partnerships, and developing specialised R&D labs that will evaluate future challenges and opportunities.

Under the new strategy, planning for the future will become a mandatory part of the operations of government departments. Future scenario reports on key sectors will be published, which will serve as a benchmark for developing governmental plans and policies.

A number of new initiatives will be rolled out as part of the new strategy and every government department will have a director of the UAE Strategy for the Future, who is mandated with driving future planning.


WAM said this makes the UAE the first government in the world to have such a position within all its departments.

A dedicated educational institution will also be established for driving predictive analysis and future development models, with UAE delegations to visit leading international universities to learn about the best practices in future planning.

"As a nation, we have always been forward-looking and planning for the future, which has been a key driver of our success. The UAE Strategy for the Future is our new approach to planning for the future by predicting, analysing and implementing highly effective action plans that accelerate development," said Sheikh Mohammed in comments published by WAM.

He added: "The strategy serves as the referral point for governmental departments to adopt proactive future planning to usher in an even more prosperous tomorrow for our current and future generations. To achieve its goals, we must work together and share responsibilities. With our future planning model, we will serve as a model for the world.

"The citizens of the UAE are our most important resource in building our future. To nurture their skills, we will strengthen education and training initiatives."

"We need a new mindset that is focused on the future," he said as he pledged to personally monitor the government departments to evaluate their commitment to the new strategy.

Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, said the short-term vision would be until 2021 while the medium term strategy will focus on planning for 2021 and 2026 and long term beyond that.

"The UAE Strategy for the Future will serve the government in addressing any shifts in global trends efficiently, and in identifying the challenges and opportunities. This will be followed-up with scientific planning to evaluate the future scenarios, and implementing appropriate policies and action plans," he added.

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Veronica Chapman 3 years ago

Admiral vision Your Highness. My uncle helped your father build bridges and one of the largest ports in the world. Jebel Ali Port, and now the most popular Kingdom in the Middle East where all nationalities live side by side in peace.There always has to be a leader, Captain who steers us onto the next course. You are never alone, because everyone who lives in the UAE has every respect for you and your family....

JP Mitra 3 years ago

UAE can keep a 'Free Export Trade Bay' which can keep oil assets 'steady'. Possible benchmarking will always be 'positive'. Usage of Total capital will increase facilitating 'business model'.