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Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohamed bin Zayed meet to discuss national matters


posted on 22/09/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday met with His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to exchange brotherly talks and discuss issues of concern for the nation and citizens.
Their Highnesses reviewed their follow-up efforts to implement the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the provision of more possibilities to achieve glory and pride in the nation, and provide a decent life for citizens.– Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269899927.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid chairs brainstorming session


posted on 14/09/2014

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, has said the U.A.E.'s historic project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 would benefit all humanity and its findings would be made available to all countries to use.
Presiding over a brainstorming session with his team on Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed said the goal of the project is to develop knowledge within universities and research centres and to build national capabilities in the fields of aerospace.
Present during the session were H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Khalifa Daeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.
Sheikh Mohammed said Mars project requires lots of studies and research, leading to hosts of long term benefits including emergence of new sectors in the national economy, catering for telecommunications, satellites and data transfer.
"Retaining the same spot is in fact regress because the world is progressing and nations are competing", H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said when asked what would be next for U.A.E. to achieve after it earned the title of most efficient government in the world according to a report by the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
He noted that achieving excellence is an ever-going quest that has no final destination. "There are a lot of fields for competition. The government also has many challenges to confront and handle. People's expectations are ever changing so there should be continuous development." Speaking on Yamamah, the horse ridden by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, when he won the endurance gold medal at the Altech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy in late August, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed said Yamamah is an Emirati mare that was born and raised in Al Marmoum area, in the desert of U.A.E.
He noted that he nominated the mare and that he advised Sheikh Hamdan to lower his speed during several stages in order to keep the mare's stamina throughout the competition.
Asked about his expectations from his work team, he said, "I only want what is good for all. I wish for happiness and well-being for them and their families. We only want you to benefit your nation, your families and yourselves." "Serving the nation is not a job. Serving the nation is a whole life. We gave our lives to this state. There are thousands of work teams in the state who work day and night in order to lift high the name of U.A.E., protect its gains and achieve prosperity for its people," H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.
During the brainstorming session, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed and his team discussed the best ways of developing the leadership and excellence of the government, improving its services and increasing its new ideas.
At the end of the session, he hailed the new ideas presented by the employees whom he urged to maintain their aspirations and hopes for the future.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid affirmed that his vision includes the bolstering of new thought in the government based on innovation, coping with change and having interest in the excellent youth. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269552962.html

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U.A.E. has clear plan to enhance its global competitiveness, says Mohammed bin Rashid


posted on 11/09/2014

The U.A.E., led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has a clear vision and plan to improve its global competitiveness, as all federal, local and private sector teams work in harmony to implement this vision, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said.
He added that the country's high interests require such a move, noting that it is a shared responsibility whose interest returns to the state and citizens as well.
The remarks were made during Sheikh Mohammed's visit to the General Secretariat of Emirates Competiveness Council at Emirates Towers, Dubai. He was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Protocol and Hospitality Department in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed interacted with the team over the next steps to enhance U.A.E. competiveness, and the most important international indices to gauge development progress in the U.A.E., as well as initiatives and decisions to further improve the U.A.E.'s global competitiveness status.
He thanked the team, who coordinate with international bodies to get reports on the most important development projects in the U.A.E., stressing the need for following up all the reports issued abroad on the U.A.E., and verify them for accuracy.
Sheikh Mohammed said the aim is to enhance the living condition standards of all citizens and residents, adding that the reports give accurate development indices that help in adjusting plans and launch more projects in the best interests of the community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269449929.html

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Vice President opens Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation


posted on 09/09/2014

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday here launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation at the Emirates Towers.
The centre aims to encourage and motivate innovation in the public sector through making available tools essential to formulate and develop organisational structures and procedures. It will also coordinate innovation labs in government entities to build capacity for innovation across the national workforce.
Accompanied by Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi and Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Sheikh Mohammed toured the centre. During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on initiatives scheduled to be launched. These are developed in cooperation with top international institutions in the field of innovation in government services.
Reflecting on the U.A.E. government ranking as the most efficient in the world by the International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, Sheikh Mohammed said that the government aims to be the most innovative as well. "Winning the competitiveness race and delivering strong government do not depend on money or resources. It is ideas that make the difference," Sheikh Mohamed stressed. He stressed the importance of harnessing the evolving advancements in technology to keep ahead in the race of competitiveness between nations.
In a move that will position the U.A.E. as a melting-point for innovation in government services, the centre will build a national database for innovative government initiatives and best international practices in this field. It will also consolidate individual initiatives by government entities into a unified framework to better serve federal and local government entities in the country and preserve intellectual rights associated with innovations in this area.
Upon directives by Sheikh Mohammed, the centre will forge partnerships with specialised international institutions, universities and centres that drive innovation in government services. He also underlined the importance of disseminating best practices in applying innovation in government services as he directed the centre to welcome delegations from other countries, thus promoting U.A.E.'s status as a leading destination of innovation in this area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269359996.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed visits U.A.E. national patient in hospital


posted on 22/08/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, visited an Emirati national currently receiving medical treatment in Al Mafraq Hospital, to inquire about his health condition, under the framework of His Highness's keenness to follow up on the wellbeing of U.A.E. citizens.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed visited Khalifa Saeed Fadhel Al Hamli, and exchanged pleasantries with him and his family, and after being reassured of his health progress, the Crown Prince wished him a speedy recovery.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, during the visit.
On his part, Mr. Al Hamli expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Highness for the kind visit, and said that His Highness's care for the wellbeing of U.A.E. citizens reflects the close and cohesive relationship between the Emirati leadership and its citizens.
Members of the Al Hamli family also expressed their great happiness and privilege for the visit, saying that the visit follows in the footsteps of the wise leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed on taking care of his citizens. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268803354.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid highlights importance of social media networking as his followers exceed six million


posted on 10/08/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum followers on social media have exceeded six million across various channels.
Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter to thank his followers by saying "My social media followers exceeded 3 million on Twitter, 2 million on Facebook and 1 million on both Instagram and Google+. I extend my thanks to all followers and to everyone interacting with us through providing new comments, suggestions and ideas." Stressing the importance of social media networking in the world today, he noted that such channels "created new opportunities, removed all barriers and made the audience part of our development plans." He continued, having a tremendous influence, today social media channels serve as an open parliament and cannot be ignored or misled. His Highness also praised the positive participation from his followers who use social media networking to offer suggestions, ideas and initiatives that add impetus to the socio-economic growth of the U.A.E.
Sheikh Mohammed also thanked his followers for the tremendous support regarding efforts directed at helping human beings irrespective of religion, colour or ethnicity.
In 2013, Sheikh Mohammed took to social media to ask followers to join a brainstorming session. "We want every man, woman and child to join us in the biggest ever national brainstorming session to find new ideas for health and education," His Highness said through his Twitter account. "Education and health concern all of us, so I invite all of U.A.E. society to think collectively of creative solutions," he continued.
Marking his accession as the Ruler of Dubai in 2014, Sheikh Mohammed launched the Twitter hashtag ‘Thank-you Khalifa' (in Arabic) in recognition and appreciation of U.A.E. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whom he called "a man of efforts and initiatives, which touch us all." The initiative made waves in record time as it reverberated through more than millions of accounts on social media websites in less than a week.
On the advent of the holy month of Ramadan this year, Sheikh Mohammed announced the ‘UAE Water Aid' campaign through social media. The success was overwhelming. More than Dh180 million of donations were collected during the fasting month with aim to provide clean drinking water to more than seven million people in poor countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268475260.html

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U.A.E. leaders send condolence messages to President of China


posted on 04/08/2014

The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of condolence to President Xi Jinping of China on the victims of the earthquake which hit south-western China earlier on Sunday.
Similar cables were sent to the President of China by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE lauds statement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Israeli aggression on Gaza


posted on 02/08/2014

The U.A.E. yesterday highly treasured the statement made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, in which he spoke about the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip.
In his statement to the Islamic, Arab nations, international community, the U.A.E. said, King Abdullah addressed the trial (discord) that threatens the Arab and Islamic nations and its danger of terrorism and terrorists on the Arab and Islamic scene and how it distorts the image of the tolerant Islam and its fine values and principles that advocate accord rather than discord and expresses a rich, prosperous civilisational legacy that sedition and sedition mongers will never reach.
King Abdullah's statement comes at a delicate juncture while we are witnessing the continuous brutal Israeli aggression against the innocent civilians in Gaza. We are also hearing a rhetoric of terrorism that doesn't represent our Arab and Islamic Nation and a defeat from the international community in regards to the horrific scenes of targeting children, women and elderly people in Gaza.
The statement of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, as usual, is truthful and responsible, embodying the historic stances of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It also clearly reflects stances of the U.A.E. and its people.
King Abdullah's statement reveals a blessing approach that renounces sedition and terrorism, refuses bidding on pains and victims and holds all states responsible towards what the Palestinian people in Gaza are subjecting to in form systematic aggression and violence.
The U.A.E., while highly appreciates the firm, transparent stances of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his central role in supporting the Palestinian Cause - the central and foremost cause of the Arab - reaffirms its full solidarity with these stances and its full support for the Palestinian people in confronting the brutal Israeli aggression.' – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395268286842.html

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Khalifa sends condolences to Algerian President on plane crash victims


posted on 26/07/2014

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on the victims of the plane crash.
Sheikh Khalifa expressed heartfelt condolences to President Bouteflika, Algerian people and families of the victims.
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have also dispatched similar cables to the Algerian president. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268122327.html

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Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Stars Rating System for Government Services Delivery Channels


posted on 23/07/2014

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, commissioned the launch of the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels in the Government of Dubai including Call Centres, Websites, Smart Applications, as well as Customer Service Centres.
The launch of the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels comes in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the U.A.E. towards improving and developing government work leading to highest level of customers' satisfaction. The move also realises the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, in the transformation to the Smart Government model.
"We want to deliver an exceptional experience to Customers of Government of Dubai across all service delivery channels and we don't want that to be limited to Service Centres. Instead, we want to encourage smart and innovative methods to reach the public in order to create the best Smart Government model," H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said.
The Dubai Crown Prince also approved six new categories for the "Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government" aimed to encourage government entities to raise the competencies of all service delivery channels and reward individuals who contribute to achieving this strategic goal.
The Star Rating System will determine the level of all service delivery channels used by the Dubai customers through assessment and classification of not only Service Centres, but surpassing that to other service delivery channels. The system also aims to stimulate positive competition between service providers in order to improve public services in Dubai to unprecedented levels and deliver exceptional customer experiences.
The evaluation criteria for the Star Rating System for all service delivery channels are based on the guiding principles of ‘Dubai Model' for Government Services which is recognised internationally by six specialised and well-respected organisations as well as the criteria of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government. It also takes into consideration requirements of the star classification implemented on the federal level as well as the evaluation criteria issued by Dubai Smart Government. The system includes several perspectives including star rating for customer service centres, call centres, websites, and Smartphone applications.
The Government of Dubai has evaluated a number of customer service centres during the previous year (2013) and their classification will be updated to the new Star Rating System as follows: Bronze Centre (Qualified Centre) 4 Stars Silver Centre (Excellent Centre) 5 Stars Gold Centre (Model Centre) 6 Stars Platinum Centre 7 Stars The Star Rating System allows Dubai government entities to compete in the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government' in the specific categories for service delivery channels. The categories are Best m-Government Service Award, Best Service Star Award, Best Service Centre Manager/Director Award, Best Service Centre. Further categories have been added in order to support the Star Rating System which are Best Call Centre Award, Best Call Centre Manager Award, Best Website, Best Website/Smartphone Application Manager.
The Star Rating System is added as a main component of the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Programme for Smart Government' and will be administered by Dubai' The Model Centre in The Executive Council of Dubai to provide the necessary support to government entities. The Executive Council of Dubai will receive applications for Star Rating for all service delivery channels, and will assist government entities to apply for the Star Rating throughout the year . Participating entities will then be assessed by Dubai' The Model Centre while Star Rating Plates with the classification will be distributed to different service delivery channels within Dubai (customer service centres, call centres, electronic websites, and smart applications) by Dubai' The Model Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268031301.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed: U.A.E. will remain a staunch supporter for Arab brothers


posted on 22/07/2014

The U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will remain a staunch supporter for Arab brothers, based on the longstanding and deeply embedded approach initiated by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, has affirmed.
'President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is keen to cherish and promote Sheikh Zayed's legacy of standing beside sisterly countries, making every effort to alleviate their suffering and backing their drive to serve their interest, as well as supporting humanitarian issues across the world,' His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said as he received members of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt led by Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State, who paid a courtesy visit to extend Ramadan greetings.
In the presence of a group of stakeholders, supporters and media representatives, Sheikh Mohamed and his guests exchanged greetings on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, praying to Allah to return it with further progress, glory and prosperity for the U.A.E. leadership and people.
Sheikh Mohamed said that he appreciated the relentless efforts the team had made in cooperation with the Egyptian government to launch and implement a package of inclusive development initiatives that support Egyptian citizens by concentrating on vital sectors like energy, housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure and utilities as well as economic aid.
'The U.A.E. will remain at the forefront of countries supporting Arab brothers and will not hesitate to play any active role in supporting them, alleviating their suffering and enabling them to face the heavy burdens they endure in a way that enhances their stability and brings goodness to them,' the Crown Prince said.
'We will stay on this course because standing with our brothers means standing with ourselves.' Sheikh Mohamed was briefed by the team on the progress of work of the coordination office which oversees U.A.E.-funded projects in Egypt. H.H. has instructed the team to put on more effort to expedite delivery of these projects, ensuring swiftness and efficiency in implementation so as to generate better economic and social benefits for Egyptians.
Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt, expressed the team's profound thanks and gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for their support, instructions and follow up, saying, "Without which we could not have made this tangible progress in this mission. We will pursue our mandate guided by Sheikh Mohamed's instructions which have made a good impression on the team and which have provided them with a catalyst and enthusiasm to continue the work and deliver the hoped for results.'
The team included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Higher National Security Council, the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation, Emirates Red Crescent, the Federal Authority of Electricity and Water, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, Abu Dhabi Finance Department, Secretariat-General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Emirates Liquefied Natural Gas Co., Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, International Petroleum Investment Co., Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala Development Co., Mubadala Petroleum, Masdar, and Al Dhahera Agricultural Co..
Media representatives in attendance included those from the National Media Council, Emirates News Agency (WAM), Arabic dailies; Al Ittihad, Al Bayan, Al Khaleej, Emarat Al Youm, Al Roya, and Al Watan, and both Abu Dhabi TV and Dubai TV.
– Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268006247.html

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56 diplomats sworn in


posted on 20/07/2014

A new batch of 56 United Arab Emirates diplomats took the oath of office on Saturday before Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Abdullah welcomed the new batch of diplomats, comprising 41 men and 15 women, saying that the U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will spare no efforts in equipping its citizens with educational qualifications, knowledge and technical capabilities.
He also affirmed the ministry's keenness to absorb qualified and efficient citizens to represent the country locally and abroad.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Sheikh Abdullah urged the new diplomats to work hard towards preserving serving their country and preserving its image.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, assistant foreign ministers and officials at the ministry. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395267928125.html

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Citizens’ satisfaction with life in Emirates surges


posted on 19/07/2014

U.A.E.'s 97 per cent satisfaction rating far exceeds the All Europe Index at 72 per cent as well as those of other leading European nations such as Belgium at 93 per cent.
Citizens in the U.A.E. are even more satisfied with their lives in the Emirates than they were in 2011. Citizens of the U.A.E. feel they enjoy a good quality of life, one that surpasses life in Europe.
For this U.A.E. Opinion Survey, custom market research group TNS took into account a sample of 5,000 Emirati citizens from each of the seven emirates between December 2013 and March 2014. The company recently conducted a nationwide survey (similar to the one in 2011) and found that citizens across the U.A.E. expressed an even higher degree of satisfaction with their overall quality of life, compared to 2011, with 97 per cent of respondents stating that they were either "very satisfied” or "fairly satisfied” — an increase of six percentage points.
"Such high levels of satisfaction can only happen in a country where the overall sentiment is that of optimism and positivity,” said Hamilton-Clark, CEO of TNS Mena.
Compared to a similar measure, the Standard Eurobarometer 80, Hamilton-Clark highlighted that Denmark and Sweden are also at the same level, with 97 per cent of citizens stating a high degree of overall satisfaction.
"The U.A.E. satisfaction rating among nationals is on par with indices for Scandinavian countries, considered the ‘gold standard' in such surveys,” Hamilton-Clark said, adding that "the U.A.E.'s 97 per cent satisfaction rating far exceeds the All Europe Index at 72 per cent as well as those of other leading European nations such as Belgium at 93 per cent, United Kingdom at 90 per cent, and Germany at 89 per cent.” – Khaleej Times -
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/July/nationgeneral_July102.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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UAE anti-terror law a right move


posted on 09/07/2014

A U.A.E. paper has said that recent events in the region and around the world have shown us that no country is immune to the threat posed by terrorists who are determined to wreak havoc and spread fear in the name of some misguided religious and political philosophy.
"It is time all countries come together to fight it and the U.A.E. is doing its bit to crackdown on this dangerous threat," said Gulf News in its editorial on Tuesday.
It continued, "These external forces are failing to understand the respectful and tolerant nature of the U.A.E.. Their thinking is being twisted by radicals or blinded by hate, shaped by distorted ideologies or purposely misled by leaders who twist religious beliefs with ignorance and fear-mongering. And the U.A.E. can have no truck with such forces." "In the past year, the U.A.E. has faced three separate cases where external forces tried to plot trouble internally. Above all, though, the safety and security of all who live and work in the U.A.E. is paramount there can be no let-up in the battle against militants or terrorists who would seek to destabilise the country." "The Government is to be commended for fast-tracking legislation with tough anti-terror measures to target those who would act in or support or finance acts of terror." "Under the draft law, those who willingly participate in terrorist acts or cells, finance or provide succour to those who would commit terrorist acts, or support terrorism in all its ugly guises, face death penalty, life imprisonment and stiff punitive fines," added the paper.
"This new bill strengthens current legislation in a number of areas that are already in place. For example, laws against money laundering by those who seek to finance their nefarious acts have already been put in place and this bill further strengthens those provisions." "This welcome bill also strengthens penalties against those who would pass on information to others about the U.A.E., its judiciary and its administration, making them subject to the bill's stiff provisions." "Make no mistake: There can be no quarters given to those who would scheme, plot, finance or act in any way to harm the safety and security of all," concluded the Dubai-based daily. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395267531204.html

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News About President's Health mere rumours, says Mohamed bin Zayed


posted on 07/07/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces visited yesterday, Suhail Shahin Al Marrar at his residence at Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mohamed exchanged greetings and cordial talks on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan and its virtues which consolidate cohesions, communication which are deep-rooted in the Emirati society, praying Al Mighty Allah for health to the leader of the march, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi emphasised that all news at social media network sites about President's health are mere rumours and Sheikh Khalifa's health is fine, urging everyone to be cautious and validate in the transfer of information and news "in order to use modern technology and social networking sites for the benefit of our society and country.' He also prayed to Al Mighty Allah to spread security, progress and welfare across the precious homeland and preserve our wise leadership and all Emiratis and residents on this precious land.
The audience also wished Al Mighty Allah to preserve the U.A.E. and further progress and welfare, preserve President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his country in order to continue the march of giving and have mercy on the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the founding fathers of the UAE.
Suhail Al Marrar and his family extended thanks to Sheikh Mohamed for accepting their invitation which translates the strong bonds and communication between the U.A.E. leadership and Emiratis.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Abdullah Mohair Al Ketbi and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Under-Secretary of the Diwan of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
A number of patriotic poems were recited to highlight the merits of the prudent leadership and its great keenness on achieving more attainments, in addition to consolidating national gains to reach the highest standards of welfare and progress for the U.A.E..
The poems also reflected the great love, loyalty and belonging of the Emiratis to their country and wise leadership. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Hamdan bin Mohammed sets up ‘Supreme Legislation Committee’


posted on 06/07/2014

In his capacity as Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has issued Resolution No. (13) of 2014 setting up the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai' under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
The resolution also names Eisa Abdul-fattah Kazim as Deputy Chairman of the aforementioned committee while Resolution No. (14) of 2014 names seven professional members of the committee including its secretary general. Both resolutions are effective from their date of issuance and shall be published in the official gazette.
Sheikh Hamdan also issued Executive Council Resolution No. (12) of 2014 concerning the regulations governing the work of the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai.' The resolution sets the work of the committee in line with the Government of Dubai Strategic Plan with aims to develop the legislative process.
As per the new resolutions, the ‘Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai' acts as the sole entity entrusted with all aspects of the legislation process in the emirate of Dubai. In addition, it will represent the local government and its entities in matters concerning federal legislation and international agreements. The committee may seek support from representatives of local government entities and professionals in order to fulfil its duties.
The committee is responsible for issuing explanatory memoranda and bylaws relating to legislation in force in the emirate of Dubai, and provide legal consultation for government entities on legislation. It is also tasked with forming technical committees to review any proposed amendments to legislations in force in the emirate of Dubai.
In addition, the committee will also put in place procedures for monitoring the implementation of legislations by local government entities. It will also represent the emirate of Dubai in committees formed to consider and negotiate any conventions, agreements or memoranda of understanding with external bodies and to give opinion on the same before joining, signing or ratification.
All government entities in the emirate of Dubai, including free zones authorities, are required to provide the new committee with all legislations currently in force within a maximum period of three months. In addition, new legislation should be passed to the committee within one month before their effectiveness.
As per Resolution No. (12) of 2014, which annuls provisions that contradict it in any resolution, the committee will file reports directly to the Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267441107.html

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Government work development must cope with national agenda, says Mohammed bin Rashid


posted on 24/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has emphasised the importance of coordination, doubling national efforts nationwide and developing government work mechanism in accordance with national agenda to achieve the U.A.E.'s aspirations.
Sheikh Mohammed made the remark yesterday at Emirates Towers in Dubai, while reviewing the steps of implementing the national agenda, which was launched last January for seven years in line with the U.A.E. Vision 2021 that coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the U.A.E..
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai attended the meeting.
The national agenda includes projects in the educational, health, economic, police, housing, infrastructure and government service sectors.
Sheikh Mohammed said, " I am pleased to be familiarised with these findings, which make us closer to our objective represented in achieving our national vision. This is a good start, but the accomplishment of our goals to make our people the happiest people in the world, and to make our country among the developed countries, require hard work and double efforts with an unwavering determination towards the future." " I have confidence in Emiratis and their role in serving the country. They are true partners who work together and under one umbrella to contribute to the U.A.E.'s success after achieving U.A.E. Vision 2021." The Vice President also urged all public officials in government departments to implement the national agenda in the field, and follow-up work progress to achieve the goals in time.
He also emphasised that the implementation of the national agenda and development of government work will be under his follow-up.
Sheikh Mohammed added, " We affirmed while launching the national agenda of U.A.E. Vision 2021 on the importance of working as one team to achieve the goals. And today we underscore that innovation and outstanding performance represent the way to achieve the aspirations of the U.A.E.'s leadership and people."
The team reviewed the steps and efforts which safeguard the implementation of national agenda, including the coordination with the federal government, and local departments in the country, as well as organising preliminary workshops to attain a comprehensive and sustainable development nationwide. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Kazakhstan exempts Emiratis from pre-entry visa requirement


posted on 24/06/2014

The Republic of Kazakhstan has exempted U.A.E. nationals from the pre-entry visa requirement with effect from mid July 2014, U.A.E. official has said.
Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhahiri, Director of the Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the decision comes as a culmination of distinguished bilateral relations at all levels between the leaders of the U.A.E. and Kazakhstan.
The exemption decision will come into effect from 10th July, while the visit duration for U.A.E. citizens will be 15 days for each visit.
Al Dhahiri welcomed the positive step taken by Kazakhstan, noting that it would further strengthen the growing ties between the two friendly countries, encourage movement and tourism, as well as open more new economic, trade and investment horizons for businesspersons in both countries.
For his part, Kazakh Ambassador to U.A.E. Khairat Lama Sharif said the exemption of the U.A.E. citizens from the pre-entry visa requirement into Kazakhstan aims to reinforce the bilateral relations, and create conducive atmosphere for businesspersons and foreign tourists.
He added that President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced the exemption of citizens of 10 advanced states from the pre-entry visa requirement, adding that they include countries, which have demonstrated the high-level investment activities in Kazakhstan such as U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, U.A.E., Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
The Kazakh envoy noted that with effect from 15th July, the U.A.E. citizens could travel to Kazakhstan without the pre-entry visa condition to visit its historic, tourist and natural landmarks, as well as get introduced to the Kazakh culture and establish trade ties. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E. participates at high-level ministerial meeting on Middle East peace in Luxembourg


posted on 24/06/2014

LUXEMBOURG: U.A.E. Minister of State, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber has participated at a high level ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, where critical issues impacting regional peace and the future development of the Middle East were discussed.
The humanitarian crisis in Syria, the deteriorating situation in Iraq, the Middle East peace process and developments in Egypt were the focus of the discussions, during the meeting which was co-chaired by the U.A.E., Luxembourg and the International Peace Institute (IPI), an independent international not-for-profit think tank.
A number of Foreign Ministers together with senior representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) attended the meeting.
Dr. Al Jaber on the occasion said: "This was a timely opportunity to exchange views and ideas on developments in the Middle East. In particular, our talks focused on the humanitarian crisis afflicting Syria, the situation in Iraq and their wider impact on the Middle East peace process. The efforts being made to bring stability to Egypt were also discussed.
"Peace and security are the keys to unlocking economic prosperity and human development in the region. Finding new and innovative solutions to the region s overlapping and interlinked conflicts, is central to creating the necessary conditions for a sustainable future across the Middle East." Among those taking part in the informal working dinner were the Foreign Ministers of Lebanon, Greece, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway, Malta and Sweden, as well as the deputy Foreign Ministers of Slovakia and Bulgaria. Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO s Executive Committee and Peter Maureer, President of the ICRC also participated.
The gathering, which followed the Chatham House rule of non-attribution, was the latest in a series of informal ministerial meetings, involving the U.A.E., which have focused on geopolitical events in the Middle East.
Federal Supreme Court issues verdicts in case of al-Qaeda cell
The State Security Circuit at the Federal Supreme Court, chaired by Judge Falah Al Hajiri, has handed down sentences ranging from life, seven years imprisonment and deportation for seven of the defendants in the case of the nine people accused of joining and forming a cell affiliated to al-Qaeda and of funding the Al Nusra Front (Jebhat al-Nusra).
The court acquitted two defendants due to a lack of evidence.
The defendants were accused of establishing an al-Qaeda cell in the U.A.E. to promote and recruit new members to join terrorist organisations such as the Al-Nusra Front to fight against the Syrian government. They were also accused of collecting money to finance terrorist acts abroad. Two of the defendants were also accused of launching a new website and running it to publish information on al-Qaeda, to promote its ideas and to recruit more cadres.
The defendants Mohammed Suhaib bin Al Hadi and Rushdi bin Faraj Al Furjani were acquitted from all charges, while the other defendants were exonerated of the recruitment charges. The court sentenced Rafat Mohammed Harb Abu Sabha to life imprisonment on the first and third charges of belonging to the terrorist organisation. It sentenced the defendants Ibrahim Anthwan Ibrahim Dagher, Wadia bin Abdul Qader Bonni, Ramzi Salem Al Tawati, Rabia Abdul Qader bin Suleiman, Badr Nader Mohammed Gazawi, Yousef Ahmed Gadoura to seven years imprisonment on the charges of belonging to the terrorist organisation.
It fined Wadia bin Abdul Qader and Bader Nader Mohammed Gazawi Dh1 million . The court has also issued an order that those convicted should be deported after serving their jail terms. It also ordered the confiscation of all seized electronic gadgets referred to in the technical report presented to the court.
The verdicts were issued in the presence of eight defendants, while one defendant was convicted in absentia.
The court session was attended by the relatives of defendants, defence lawyers, representatives of media and civil society organisations, and a representative from the Embassy of Tunisia. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E. ranks high for order and security for residents


posted on 22/06/2014

The U.A.E. has ranked ninth in the world in providing order and security for its residents, according to a recent study.
The Rule of Law Index also found that, for the third consecutive year, the country took top place in the Middle East.
Overall, taking into account all the survey's categories, the U.A.E. ranked first in the region and 27th in the world. The index is administered by the non-profit organisation World Justice Project (WJP) and it measures the adherence of countries to the rule of law.
Its objective is to provide governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, academia and civil societies with independent and reliable data to make targeted and effective reforms.
The U.A.E.'s public institutions were found to be relatively well developed and free of corruption, ranking 17th globally, up from 23rd in the previous ranking.
"We don't measure all countries in the region but, of those that we did, the Emirates has the highest rule of law,” said Juan Botero, executive director with the US-based WJP.
"Institutions in the U.A.E. are modern and they're so young compared to more established democracies, which have been around for thousands of years. So in the newness of them, the fact that they're ranking so high is remarkable, especially compared to developed countries.”
Government officers in the U.A.E. were commended for being found accountable for misconduct.
"It's a very high rank globally, considering that many of these countries have had mature democracies for centuries,” Mr Botero said.
"So there's room for improvement, as for every country, but it's still a very high marking, in my opinion.”
The U.A.E. ranked 23rd globally in regulatory enforcement, 33rd for civil justice and seventh on criminal justice, up from its previous ranking of 12th.
"The court system is efficient and relatively independent by regional standards,” said the report. "Nonetheless, due process violations, lack of access to civil courts and discrimination of marginalised groups remain areas in need of attention.”
The U.A.E. also ranked 42nd in constraints on government powers, 52nd in open government and 73rd in fundamental rights.
"The most serious rule of law challenges facing the region are its deficient protection of fundamental rights, limited accessibility of official information and relatively weak constraints on government powers,” the report noted.
The Middle East and North Africa region ranked in the top half of the world in most categories, including order and security, control of corruption, regulatory enforcement and effective civil and criminal justice. The worst overall rankings in the region were Egypt at 74th and Iran at 82nd, among the 99 countries in the index.
"Morocco showed the most improvement in the region during the past year, while Iran deteriorated the most,” the report said.
"Egypt saw a significant deterioration in the area of constraints on government powers.” – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-ranks-high-for-order-and-security-for-residents

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's article "The Emigration of Minds" receives international media attention


posted on 18/06/2014

The recent article by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, entitled "The Emigration of Minds", has proven to be an international success, having been translated into 16 languages in 49 countries, and re-printed in 59 newspapers within a week of its first publication.
In the article, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid examines the global phenomenon relating to the millions of human capital immigrants and the new direction that emigration of the minds is taking, while sharing explanations of new studies which put the U.A.E. is in the forefront of countries to attract these knowledge professionals.
The article was published in 12 European and 15 Asian countries as well as in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and many major newspapers in the Arab world and Africa.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed s article began with his experience at the Mons Officer Cadet School in the U.K., which he said was a time when many of the best Arab minds sought out international opportunities in search of a better life.
Sheikh Mohammed said that in recent times, studies have shown that the influx of human knowledge began to demonstrate a reversing trend in response to the changing global economy. He explained these changing trends, saying that the picture is not always bleak and that history doesn't move in a fixed direction; nor is the world a consistent place.
The U.A.E. has joined other emerging economies as a leading destination for attracting global talent, according to the study, which named Spain, U.S., Italy, U.K. and Ireland as some of the main countries from which professionals emigrate.
In the article, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also said that the U.A.E. s number one position in attracting human capital knowledge and minds can be used as a model by other countries in the region or around the world.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid concluded that the future will bring about many new trends and shifts in this field reflecting the nature of competition between countries. He added that wise nations are the ones which believe in the potentials of humankind and appreciate the true value of the human mind, ideas and creativity. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid amends law concerning security service providers in Dubai


posted on 13/06/2014

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Law No. 10 of 2014 amending provisions of Law No. 24 of 2008 concerning security service providers and users in the emirate of Dubai.
The new Law replaces Articles II, VI, X, XII of Law No. 24 of 2008. Article II of the new law amends wording indications and definitions of: security service provider, important business sectors, important complexes, important events, security systems, security services and the competent department which is the Department of Protective Systems affiliated with the police.
Article VI of the new law defined the tasks and competencies of the Department of Protective Systems such as setting the terms and fees for license issuance and renewals for security service providers; auditing the records of the service provider, systems and services; taking appropriate action in the light of the outcome of such audit process; and liaising with police security departments to issue security requirements for security systems technical specifications, updates... etc.
Furthermore, Article X of the new law states that the law be enforced in all areas of the emirate of Dubai including free zones and special development areas.
Law No. 10 of 2014 includes an addition to Article IV of Law No. 24 of 2008 concerning the security service providers and users in the emirate of Dubai. The addition obligates owners of important complexes to provide security requirements as per the technical specifications stated in the by-laws of the amended law and the conditions set by the competent department.
The law is effective as from its issuance date and shall be published in the Official Gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid sets up Dubai Centre for E-Security


posted on 12/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued Law No. 11 of 2014, establishing the "Dubai Centre for E-Security".
The centre will be a corporate body and enjoys legal status, financial and administrative autonomy. It aims to protect information, communication networks and government information system in Dubai. It also aims to develop and modify the use of necessary means in the e-security, and develop efficient ways to save and swap information among all government authorities in the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed also issued Law No. (11) of 2014, on the formation of Dubai Centre for E-Security's Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Mohammed Dhaen Al Qamzi.
The decision will be effective from the date of its issuance, and shall be published in the official gazette.
Law No. 11 of 2014 has specified functions of the Centre regarding government information security in Dubai, including the setting up the emirate's policy in the field of government information security, implementation and setting up of the necessary regulations to ensure e-security in the emirate, in addition to overseeing and preparing a strategic plan to address any risks, threats or attacks on the government information in coordination with the competent government departments.
The centre will combat cybercrimes of all its types and coordinate with government, regional and international organisations regarding the centre's work field, as well as providing technical and logistics support to all government entities in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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U.A.E and WEF to create 'Future of Government Smart Toolbox'


posted on 12/06/2014

In partnership with the Government Summit, the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government has launched a "Future of Government Smart Toolbox” report to help governments use technology to build better trust and deliver more efficient public services.
The Smart Toolbox, which reflects the cooperation between the government of the U.A.E and the WEF, aims to improve government performance in key areas such as trust, leadership, security, innovation, anti-corruption, bureaucracy and delivery of services.
"The U.A.E government has embraced innovation and set high benchmarks in government efficiency and trust. We are happy that the Government Summit partnership with WEF has led to a tangible and positive outcome as the Smart Toolbox, which takes trust in government as a unifying theme. It also highlights the role of the Government Summit as an international platform to enhance the future of government administration around the world,” said Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, U.A.E Minister of Cabinet Affairs.
"The partnership between the World Economic Forum and the Government Summit come from the joint vision for offering services which lead to stability and prosperity for all,” added Al Gergawi.
He clarified that the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the Government Summit as annual event aim to develop government actions and to be a platform to exchange experiences, develop studies and build the talent of leaders in the modern government administration throughout the year.
Al Gergawi stressed that the world is changing constantly and rapidly and the governments need to review the plans and strategies to reach to the customer's expectations especially with the current massive technical developments.
Pointing out that governments have the largest base of customers in the world, offering their services to seven billion customers, Al Gergawi stated that governments have to be constantly innovative in delivering services and look for creative solutions to meet the needs of customers in all circumstances and areas.
Al Gergawi asserted that the U.A.E has also achieved major steps incorporating advanced technology within government service delivery, becoming the first country in the region to focus on the importance of technology in enhancing government services.
"The U.A.E launched the e-Government initiative in 1998 and established the Dubai Internet City in the year 1999. With the launch of the Government Summit, the U.A.E has also announced the Mobile Government initiative,” said Al Gergawi.
"The U.A.E government has launched during the second Government Summit the U.A.E ‘Drones for Good' Award which highlights the real use of technology to help humanity. The U.A.E has been ranked number one in the Middle East and Africa region and second in the world in the ‘Government Usage of ICT' index in the Global Information Technology Report for 2014, released by the World Economic Forum,” he added.
The priority of the "Future of Government Smart Toolbox” report is to consider ways in which information technology can improve governance and reduce the feelings of alienation among the governed, identifying the trends that will change the future of government.
The report will help leaders envision the future they want for their countries and map it out in the context of uncertainty. The most effective initiatives, the Council observed, often arise from partnerships between government and the private sector.
The Smart Toolbox shares insights on how technology can strengthen good government – for example, by enabling greater transparency of government actions through open data, empowering citizens to have faster and more accurate access to online services, and helping to strengthen responses to aid civilians.
The Smart Toolbox also explores the risks and challenges of an increasingly digital era, including the often expensive and complex need to keep pace with changing tools and technology, the divides that can expand between user groups that have less ease of use, and the security and protection of data and information.
The report explains that the public sector leaders around the world face a daunting challenge to deliver good government in the 21st century. They are under increasing pressure to deliver more and better services to a growing urban population, and to manage complex issues, from macroeconomic uncertainty to international conflicts, in an environment of diminishing trust in government, increasing bureaucratic complexity and natural resource constraints. – Emirates 24│ – Read more: http://www.emirates247.com/news/government/uae-and-wef-to-create-future-of-government-smart-toolbox-2014-06-10-1.552308

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Mohammed bin Rashid stresses importance of upgrading social services


posted on 11/06/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has underlined that the social development is a fundamental focal point in the comprehensive development process in line with U.A.E. vision 2021.
"The directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan are inspirational and clear for achieving integrated social development that includes all categories of the community, taking into account requirements of each category," adding that services are provided to Emirati citizens to qualify them to discharge their effective role in achieving prosperity." Sheikh Mohammed made the remarks yesterday, while attending a session of government innovative laboratory, organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs at Marriott La Marquis Hotel in Dubai.
He was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocols and Hospitality in Dubai.
The Vice President said the implanting of social development culture "is an important index for progress and prosperity. Achieving this requires work methodology that keeps pace with future requirements so as to enable all societal categories become more effective." He added that hopes are pinned on human resources to achieve aspirations, and boost social services, being top priorities of national work strategy.
Sheikh Mohammed underscored that the family is a nucleus of society and secret behind its success, adding that the provision of decent living conditions to citizens ensures societal stability. He commended the efforts, awareness and contribution of the productive families to the development process, calling for provision of all forms of support to them to sustain their role in development.
He noted that Emiratis are core of nation-building, stressing the need for developing child capacity in early stages. "Genuine investment in early childhood is fundamental to the countries." Sheikh Mohammed said that the childcare in the U.A.E. is inseparable from its human rights perspectives, including men, women, youth children, workers, disabled people and others.
He called on participants in the laboratory to adopt innovative ideas in delivery of social services and modern programmes that ensure stability of Emirati families through provision of decent living conditions to all family members.
Earlier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid issued the directives to introduce the experience of "The Government Innovative Laboratory" at all federal institutions to further develop public services. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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