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Mohammed bin Rashid inspects Dubai Customs

posted on 01/03/2011: 880 views



Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday paid an inspection tour of Dubai Customs.

During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, about the Corporation's strategy, missions, achievements and contributions to national economy as Dubai Customs acts as the first defence line in supporting domestic economy and protecting security.

He told Sheikh Mohammed that the Corporation has over 3000 employees running 15 customs centres and 18 offices across Dubai. National staff accounts for more than 8 per cent of the total manpower.

He noted that Dubai Customs ranked first regionally and third globally in the World Bank report. 'This best rankings provide a strong catalyst for more efforts towards development and modernisation, especially for the national human resources, he added.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, and other top officials.

Sheikh Mohammed instructed the Dubai Customs to launch an initiative for the best interest of people with special needs. He ordered the customs officials to raise a proposal or an initiative to the GCC Custom Union for exempting commodities and materials used by this group from any tariffs or tax.

While touring the Dubai Customs premises, Sheikh Mohammed acquainted himself with the package of e-services and facilities the Dubai Customs offers to its 130,000 clients.

Sheikh Mohammed then proceeded to the nursery of the working mothers where he dallied with the kids and get assured of their safety and comfort.

He also viewed the designs for development of ports and fishermen's quays in Jumairah and Umm Seqiem.

At Port Rashid, Sheikh Mohammed examined the berth as well as facilities and services provided to ships and other traders. The berth receives 50 commercial ships daily. Sheikh Mohammed said he was satisfied with the remarkable achievements made by Dubai Customs which raised it profile at the international scene.

He also expressed his pride at the performance of senior and lower level Emirati professionals. 'I'm proud of you and of your capabilities ....... and I want you to steam ahead with plans for honing your skills as you have huge potent potentials that you should harness and direct for the service of the beloved country ... I want every one of you to be a leader in his position," he said of the Emirati staff. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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