UAE a role model: Mohammed

UAE a role model: Mohammed

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, highlighted the exemplary developmental march of the UAE, saying that other nations of the world are drawing inspiration from its creativity, sustainability and accomplishments at all levels.

By (Wam)

Published: Wed 6 Jun 2012, 9:01 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:08 PM

Shaikh Mohammed made this point while chairing the UAE Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Also present were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt. General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Shaikh Mohammed chairing the Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. — Wam

Shaikh Mohammed applauded the balance the UAE has created as a modern state that boasts openness and tolerance, yet preserving its unique national identity. He underlined that the UAE is a role model in development and a unique success story that should be related to young Emiratis and friends.

Stressing the importance of opening communication channels with the public, Shaikh Mohammed called on citizens to vote on a national brand for the UAE to be used on campaigns to promote the UAE experience at the local and international levels. Citizens can cast their vote through the website of the UAE Prime Minister.

The UAE national brand is aimed at communicating the impressive achievements of the country as a unified federal state that has earned admirable political and economical influence in a relatively short period of time. The brand will also highlight the UAE as an attractive destination for tourism, culture and business. The directives of Shaikh Mohammed to place the brand designs online for citizens vote will be implemented within a week time.

The UAE Cabinet also approved the 2012 fiscal budget for the Shaikh Zayed Housing Programme with a total outlay of Dh1.4 billion. The budget will be used in constructing residential compounds for Emiratis in addition to providing financial assistance to those embarking on building their own units.

The Cabinet also approved the establishment of the ‘Arabic Language Consultative Council’ with the chairmanship of UAE Minister of Youth, Culture and Community Development. The new body, which shall be attached to the UAE Cabinet, will be tasked with the implementation of guidelines and recommendations outlined in the Arab Language Charter, which was announced by Shaikh Mohammed recently.

The Emirates Transport budget for the fiscal year 2012 was also approved during the meeting, where forecast operational revenues stand at Dh1.3 billion with expected profits of 30 per cent and profit distributions reaching 24 per cent of total capital.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of a higher committee headed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to make necessary preparations to host the International Telecom Exhibition (Union Telecom 2012). Organised by the International Telecommunication Union, the event will be held for the first time in the Middle East alongside Gitex 2012 in the UAE.

Concluding the meeting, the Cabinet agreed on the reformation a higher committee for social solidarity headed by Maitha Al Shamsi with the membership of representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development, National Media Council and the Higher National Security Council. The committee is tasked with implementation of initiatives related to boosting social solidarity by building on core Islamic values and good citizenship.

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