H.H. Sheikh Mohammed unveils government vision for next decade

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has outlined the government’s vision for the next decade.

‘We The UAE 2031’ is a national plan and road map for shaping the future of the country with a focus on social, economic, investment and development aspects.

It aims to enhance the position of the UAE as a global partner and an attractive and influential economic hub.

The plan also seeks to highlight the successful economic model of the UAE and the opportunities it provides to all global partners.

Sheikh Mohammed said that ‘We The UAE 2031’ will shape the progress of the country towards a more accomplished and developed future, in which all entities and institutions will cooperate within a unified ecosystem.

The plan was unveiled during the UAE Annual Government meetings, held in Abu Dhabi, which brought together all UAE government entities at the federal and local levels to discuss challenges and strategies related to the country’s national development plan to achieve the objectives of the ‘UAE Centennial 2071’.

“The UAE will maintain its position as an economic destination… Economic prosperity, social well-being and development of human capital will be the main pillars of the next 50,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

His Highness affirmed that the ‘next fifty’ will focus on strengthening the social and economic ecosystem and building a strong, sustainable and fast-growing economy by strengthening the UAE’s economic partnerships with the world and consolidating its development model.

The launch of ‘We The UAE 2031’ was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah; and His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Media Council.

The event was also attended by His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of The Executive Council of Abu Dhabi; His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office; His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of The Executive Council of Abu Dhabi; and Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and a number of Sheikhs, ministers and heads of government departments.

Sheikh Mohammed signed a charter for the national plan that represents its most important features, the principles of the UAE government and the interdependence and aspirations towards the future.

National Pillars

The plan is based on four main pillars that cover all sectors and fields, including the economy, society, ecosystem and diplomacy.

Forward Society

This pillar is concerned with achieving the prosperity of society, by providing all means of support to citizens and developing an integrated system to empower them and enhance their capabilities to maximise their effective contribution in all sectors.

Also, this pillar focuses on supporting and strengthening the cohesion of families. In addition, the “Forward Society” will cover the Education sector, as a main axis to develop national cadres and provide talent with training and educational materials.

The plan aims to continue to develop the health sector, by updating its services and providing the best healthcare to the community in the UAE.

Through this pillar, the UAE national plan aims to place the UAE among the top 10 countries in the Human Development Index and place its cities among the world’s 10 Best Cities.

The plan will play a pivotal role in enhancing the UAE’s position to become the best destination for medical treatment in the region. In addition, the plan will contribute to achieving full readiness of all medical facilities and staff, and raising the country’s rank to one of the top 10 countries in the world in the quality of healthcare.

Forward Economy

This pillar will create and develop policies and plans that contribute to achieving high economic growth in all sectors, as well as accelerating the pace of transformation in the energy sector and the reliance on alternative sources of energy to enhance the country’s efforts in the green economy.

The ‘Forward Economy’ pillar reflects the UAE’s belief in the importance of human capital as the main driver of the next 10-year development plan. The UAE aims to be among the top 10 countries in the world to attract global talent.

This pillar aims to raise the UAE GDP to AED3 trillion, and increase the country’s non-oil exports to AED800 billion. Also, it will raise the value of UAE foreign trade to AED4 trillion, and raise the contribution of the tourism sector to the GDP to AED450 billion.

Forward Diplomacy

“Forward Diplomacy” is one of the main pillars of the national plan that determines the framework of the UAE’s international role.

Since the establishment of the Union, the UAE’s foreign policy has been based on a set of principles aimed at consolidating the foundations of peace and joint cooperation at the regional and global levels.

The plan aims to consolidate the pivotal role and influence of the UAE based on respect for human values.

It seeks to strengthen the UAE’s foreign relations with countries around the world, enhance its international presence, cooperation and friendship, as well as encourage positive dialogue worldwide.

The plan attaches great importance to strengthening the UAE’s role as a supportive force for the global environmental agenda, thus contributing to achieving qualitative leaps in climate neutrality and consolidating the country’s position as an innovation hub in sustainability, science and technology. 

Forward Ecosystem

The fourth pillar of the ‘We The UAE 2031’ plan aims to enhance Government Performance, providing the best government services in the world and developing the most flexible business models in order to achieve results and effectiveness.

The UAE seeks to consolidate its position as one of the world’s most secure and safe countries, with the best social, food, water and digital security.

This pillar focuses on infrastructure and its development according to the latest technological methods. This pillar includes the development of digital infrastructure.

This pillar aims to make the UAE top ranked country in the world in developing proactive legislation for new economic sectors and enhancing the country’s position to be in the first place globally in the safety index, as well as raising the country’s position to one of the top three countries in the global cybersecurity index and one of the top 10 countries in the global food security index.

The ‘We The UAE 2031’ is a road map in which all government entities and institutions and the private sector will cooperate to ensure advancement of the development process, in accordance with the 10-year framework of the plan.

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