New Dubai Council to outline development plan


The Dubai ruler has announced the formation of a new council that will help map the vision for the emirate's next 50 years.

"We welcome 2020 with optimism and renewed goals of ensuring the best quality of life for our residents and visitors. This year, we develop our social and economic governance to foresee future global opportunities for Dubai," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The council will oversee the six growth pillars - the economy, citizen services, government development, infrastructure, security and justice, and health and knowledge.

It will be chaired by the Dubai ruler with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, as the first and second deputies. 

Six officials will be appointed to overlook each sector, with the Chairman of the Executive office in Dubai taking over as the secretary-general of the Dubai Council. Additionally, advisory boards comprising seven members (from the public and private sector) will be set up for each pillar. 

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed added that heads of government departments "who fail to bring about real change within two years shall be relieved of their duties".

The announcement coincided with the 14th anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed's Accession as Ruler of Dubai.

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