Shot in the arm for tourism sector in Dubai

(Staff Reporter)
Filed on October 1, 2010

DUBAI — The Dubai tourism sector received a major boost following the successful first session of the Dubai Partnership Agenda (DPA) held under the patronage and support of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

On the occasion, Shaikh Hamdan said the Government of Dubai welcomed the consultative policy recommendations that would support the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and the UAE Vision 2021. He called for an open dialogue between public and private sectors that would increase the levels of competitiveness in the country. The recommendations made at the session are expected to have a direct and positive impact on the growth of this vital sector and make sure that it is vibrant and, yet, sustainable.

Shaikh Hamdan added, “Dubai Partnership Agenda (DPA) is a national creative initiative supported by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. With his encouragement, we are proud to launch this interaction platform and we have complete trust in the capability of both sectors to have open and constructive dialogue for the development of different sectors. We are looking forward to the first outcomes of the DPA on the tourism industry. We will review and initiate action on appropriate recommendations.”

Abdulla Al Shaibani, Secretary-General of the General Secretariat, said in his opening remarks that the mission of the General Secretariat was to provide strategic support to the Executive Council in the vital areas of policy development, public administration improvement, and performance management. He said, “We are proud to organise the first session of the DPA under the patronage of our visionary leaders. The private sector is our key stakeholder; we work together with shared ambitions and towards shared goals. The DPA will foster collaborative interaction, encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and build consensus by exchange of knowledge and expertise. As such, the DPA is not just a discussion exercise between public and private sectors; it is a result-oriented programme that would generate concrete recommendations for our leadership to review and facilitate action.”

The Dubai Partnership Agenda is a strategic government initiative to facilitate collaboration and increase synergy between public and private sectors. It aims to provide a structured channel to support formulation and implementation of public policy by producing innovative recommendations for the review of the Dubai leadership. It is carried out through regular series of round-table discussions each of which is dedicated to a specific sector and to which the top executives of the relevant private and public entities are invited.

The panel that participated in the discussions included some of the emirate’s key public and private stakeholders in the tourism industry and brought to the table a wealth of experience and several innovative concepts.

The first session was attended by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Emirates Group,Chairman of the Economic Development Committee; Abdulla Al Shaibani, Secretary-General of the Executive Council; Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of the Jumeirah Group; Hans Haensel, Divisional Senior Vice-President of Emirates Airlines Destination and Leisure Management; Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Shopping Malls Group; Peter Payet, Vice-President of Arabian Adventure; Dr BelEid Ratab, Head of Economic Studies and Sustainable Development Business of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Khalid Bin Sulayem, Director-General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Matar Al Tayer, Chairman and Director-General of the Roads and Transport Authority; Sami Al Qamzi, Director-General of the Department of Economic Development; and Major-General Mohamed Al Marri, Director, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

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