Mohammad Bin Rashid launches UAE National Agenda

8 January 2014

A seven-year UAE National Agenda was launched yesterday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which will culminate with the achievement of the UAE Vision 2021.

The agenda, which involves objectives and projects in the educational, health, economic and security sectors, as well as housing, infrastructure and government services, will coincide with the golden jubilee of the Union of the UAE when it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

A total of 300 Emirati officials from 90 federal and local government bodies worked on the Agenda.

Shaikh Mohammad said the UAE had seen a lot of accomplishments under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan through thousands of federal and local teams who worked under one vision and one command.

He added that the UAE occupied first place in several areas and launched grand projects in all sectors, as well as won the bid to host the world’s largest cultural event.

 “On behalf of Shaikh Khalifa and myself, we thank the thousands of work teams that worked hard and with dedication to make such achievements. We have achieved so much over the past years. However, we have yet to reach the levels we aspire to. The National Agenda is in line with our aspirations and vision,” Shaikh Mohammad said.


The national economy has demonstrated that it is one of the strongest economies as it continued to grow significantly, yet greater than and beyond all expectations, the Vice-President was quoted as saying.

“These next seven years will be very important years in the UAE’s march of progress and development, during which we will work hard and dedicatedly to achieve the goals that we set in an ever-changing world. Development will be rapid, projects and initiatives will be launched, and great achievements and challenges lie ahead,” he added.

Shaikh Mohammad urged UAE work teams to double efforts over the next seven years, saying: “If the performance of the UAE work team reached 100 per cent in the past years, we need to increase it to 200 per cent.”

Unveiling the features and components of the National Agenda, Shaikh Mohammad said education will, as usual, be given top priority, and the next few years will witness a radical shift in learning and education systems.

With regard to housing, the National Agenda aims to reduce the waiting period for housing applications from ten years to two. The agenda aims to reach global rates in youth housing. Providing houses for youth is a goal that can be achieved by collective cooperation between federal and local governments with the President’s support.

Emiratisation will be placed on top of the National Agenda, and its objectives include increasing Emiratisation in the private sector tenfold. The government will impose new measures if there are not enough incentives to work in the private sector, Shaikh Mohammad said. On the economy front, the agenda aims to make the UAE the economic, tourist and commercial capital for more than two billion people. The upcoming years will witness major global economic changes and shifts, and the UAE’s aim is to be in the centre of these change
“Another objective is to have the best infrastructure in the world in land, air and sea, as well as becoming the best in the world with regard to the business category,” he added.

“The UAE also aims to increase the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita by 65 per cent, as our ultimate goal is to provide a dignified life for Emirati citizens.”

Regarding security and police work, the agenda strives to make the UAE the safest place in the world, in addition to achieving a four-minute response time for all emergency calls.

In line with the agenda’s goals, the UAE will strive to compete against the best companies in the world, and to be a benchmark for other governments around the world, as well as among the top countries in the area of smart government services.


“I am very optimistic about achieving our National Agenda. The seven emirates will work together as one team to ensure that these goals are fulfilled. We need strong men, dedicated women, and enthusiastic youth to share with us the journey towards success. We need the UAE work team to work as one in body and spirit to ensure the agenda’s completion,” said Shaikh Mohammad

The launch was attended by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance; Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, as well as other shaikhs and senior officials.

The features and components of the National Agenda were unveiled during the launch, where Shaikh Mohammad said that education will, as usual, be given top priority, and the next few years will witness a radical shift in learning and education systems.

As part of the National Agenda, all public schools and their curriculums will be transformed into smart learning. Government investment in nurseries will be increased, in light of the important role they play in building the character and future of children.

In the health sector, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with all health authorities across the country, to accredit public and private hospitals as per international standards, and the provision of high quality services and the recruitment of highly qualified national cadres.

Shaikh Mohammad clarified that the provision of high-quality health services must be taken seriously, and non-accredited medical facilities and establishments will not be allowed to operate in the UAE after 2021.

The UAE also aims to increase the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita by 65 per cent, as the ultimate goal is to provide a dignified life for Emiratis. Regarding security and police work, the agenda strives to make the UAE the safest place in the world, in addition to achieving a four-minute response time for all emergency calls.

In line with the agenda’s goals, the UAE will strive to compete against the best companies in the world, and to be a benchmark for other governments around the world, as well as among the top countries in the area of smart government services.

In the health sector, Ministry of Health, in collaboration with all health authorities across the country, to accredit public and private hospitals as per international standards, and the provision of high quality services and the recruitment of highly qualified national cadres.


Shaikh Mohammad clarified that the provision of high-quality health services must be taken seriously, and non-accredited medical facilities and establishments will not be allowed to operate in the UAE after 2021.

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