Leaders chair retreat today to plan for next 50 years

Eudore R. Chand

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

DUBAI 23 February 2021: A government retreat to draft a strategic framework for the country’s development vision for the next 50 years will  be held today upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will chair the summit.

“I will chair, along with my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, a government retreat, which will discuss the priorities of the next 50 years and how to accelerate our development process and improve our business environment and economy, to achieve new competitive leaps,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The retreat aims to draft a series of plans and initiatives for harnessing our energies and preparing our institutions for what the UAE will be like in the next fifty years. The future requires proactive plans, innovative initiatives and new skills, to maintain our leadership and success and provide better lives for generations to come in the country,” he added.

Holding the government retreat coincides with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and aims to plan the country’s development process for the next fifty years, as well as harness the efforts, resources and capacities of all national authorities and sectors, to design new action models and plans that will make the UAE the best country in the world in terms of quality of life in the next 50 years, said official news agency Wam.

Coinciding with the announcement that 2020 was the year of preparations for the next 50 years, the country began drafting an overall national action plan for the next fifty years and started preparing for the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2021, with the participation of all segments of the community, whether citizens and residents, as well as the public and private sectors and non-profit organisations.

Two Committees

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed ordered the formation of two committees reporting to the UAE Cabinet.

The first committee will be in charge of drafting a development action plan for the next 50 years and will be headed by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with its Vice President being Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs.

The second committee will oversee the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations and will be headed by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, while H.H. Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be its Vice President.

The first committee is responsible for drafting a comprehensive national development vision, planning the modernisation of government work and making the UAE Government the fastest, most flexible and most adaptable to future developments, in addition to involving members of the community in designing the lives of people in the UAE in the next fifty years.

The year of preparations for the next 50 years also witnessed the announcement of a project, entitled, “Designing the Next 50 Years in the UAE,” by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed. The project comprises several interactive initiatives involving government authorities, private sector companies and members of the community.

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