Dubai is a place like no other in the world- agree? Well, if that’s true then the credits definitely goes to the rulers of the country who ensure residents are well taken care of. The UAE Vice-President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has completed 17 glorious years as head of the cabinet of ministers and the federal government. Taking to social media on this special occasion, HH Sheikh Mohammed promised to do whatever it takes for the development march to continue.
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“Seventeen years have passed quickly and beautifully, and were full of work and achievements. We introduced radical changes to the government’s performance, consolidated the government and developed services,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
During his glorious tenure, he chaired 440 Cabinet meetings, during which 10,000 decisions were issued. Over 4,200 laws and regulations in social, economic, service and other sectors were issued. “We moved from a traditional government to one that offers more than 1,500 services through smart channels. We fought administrative and financial sluggishness, raised the government budget by more than 140 per cent, and became the most effective government in public spending in the world,” Sheikh Mohammed further stated.
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Key milestones listed by hH Sheikh Mohammed
The country launched 330 government policies and initiatives to develop the economic environment and signed about 600 international agreements. Foreign trade jumped from AED 415 billion to AED 2,200 billion, and the GDP doubled to reach AED1,800 billion in the same period, the UAE is the first in the region to attract investments with a value of AED 734 billion.
“We lead the world today in more than 186 global indices. We lead the region in more than 430 regional indices. We have the highest sovereign financial rating in the region. The UAE is the first country in the region in the ease of doing business. In the past 17 years, we have made many ministerial reshuffles and pushed the youth to take part in shouldering the responsibility,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
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In his sweet note he also talked about the UAE space sector’s stellar performance. “In only 10 years, investments in the space sector reached Dh36 billion. Space missions include those to Mars, Venus, the Moon…”
Finishing his note he vowed that the development march will continue with the “support of my brother, the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan”.
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