Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan announces restructuring of municipality

Civic body now has institutions for environment, facilities management, building licensing, waste management


Sahim Salim

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2022, 12:27 PM

Last updated: Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10:46 PM

The Dubai Municipality has been restructured, with four new agencies created. The restructuring will privatise eight main activities and create Dh10 billion worth of new opportunities, the Dubai Crown Prince said on Sunday.

The new structure facilitates enhanced governance and will reduce operational costs by Dh8 billion, according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Earlier, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had said that the Dubai Municipality would be transformed into a “specialised institution” that adopts a “private sector mindset” to provide high-quality municipal services.

The structure will see the civic body have two sectors: Planning and governance; and corporate support services.

Sheikh Hamdan tweeted: “The Dubai Municipality’s new organisational structure includes agencies for environment, facilities management, building permits and waste management. Our goal is to build new productive partnerships, enhance financial sustainability and develop services that raise the quality of life in Dubai."

The new structure aims to maximise the economic, tourism and commercial impact of the municipality’s public assets. Private sector partnerships will be sought for: Irrigation services, city beautification and agriculture; veterinary services and slaughterhouses; and management of waste; markets; public parks and recreational facilities; water treatment plants and technical laboratories.

“We have full confidence that the new sectors’ CEOs at the Dubai Municipality will drive innovation and achieve Dubai’s ambitious goals,” added Sheikh Hamdan. “We have the highest trust in the team’s capabilities. With the enhanced efficiencies created by the new agencies, the team will develop exceptional new services for the people of Dubai.”

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said the Dubai Municipality will provide 60 per cent of the city's services. "The changes are part of the city's development journey."

New departments created for the first time in the history of municipal work will be led by young cadres. These include food security management, digital transformation, urban planning and quality of life, business continuity, city beautification and public beaches and water canals, among others.


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