Government can cut spending by 30%: Khalfan

DUBAI — Dubai’s Chief of Police and head of the budget committee Dahi Khalfan said the emirate can cut spending by 30 per cent, five months after it pledged to save $1 billion this year in government expenses.

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Published: Fri 27 Aug 2010, 11:06 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:45 PM

“We have been extremely spoilt,” Khalfan said late on Thursday in an interview. “In our budget we spend like an Arabian house, with all its generous hospitality.”

Dubai in March ordered government departments to curb spending this year to reduce the size of the emirate’s expected Dh6 billion ($1.6 billion) budget deficit. Departments were told to reduce spending by 15 per cent to save about $1 billion. Further savings could be made in “construction, events and activities, travel costs, hospitality and official missions outside the country,” Khalfan said.

The government said on January 7 that it expects to run a budget deficit for a second year in 2010 even after reducing spending by 6.1 per cent.

The emirate is preparing a medium-term budget plan for 2011 to 2013 that aims to turn the deficit into a surplus, Khalfan said. — .

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