UAE's top 12 achievements in 2021: New laws; labour rules, visa reforms and more

Sheikh Mohammed rated the Emirates' performance this year as 'exceptional'



Sheikh Mohammed outside the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo: Twitter
Sheikh Mohammed outside the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo: Twitter
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Published: Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1:39 PM

The UAE celebrated its Golden Jubilee recently, and armed with its stellar achievements, it is looking forward to the next 50 years with optimism and hope.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, rated the country’s performance in 2021 as ‘exceptional’. In the final Cabinet meeting of 2021, the Vice-President said 2022 will be even better.

The UAE leaders have multiple reasons to cheer. In competitiveness reports, the country is first globally in 152 indicators; among the top 5 in 274; and among the top 10 in 425.

Here is a list of the country’s top 12 achievements this year.

1. Biggest legislative reforms in UAE history

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Photo: File

In a historic move, the UAE introduced a wide-ranging reform of the country’s legal system.

Over 40 laws are included in the changes, which represent the largest legal reform in the young nation’s 50-year history.

In addition to laws that govern economic, investment and commercial opportunities, the country eased some criminal laws, including those on extra-marital relationships.

Full coverage of the new laws:

2. Labour reforms

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Photo: File

The reforms seek to enhance the resilience and sustainability of the labour market and protect workers' rights. The law places worker welfare at its core, and accordingly, a host of measures will ensure a safe, healthy, and business-conducive environment in the private sector.

3. Expo brings the world to UAE

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Photo: File

Millions of visitors have been wowed by the region’s first World Expo.

4. UAE passport is most powerful in the world

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The Global Passport Index released by Arton Capital ranked it first globally for achieving the highest mobility score, with the passport allowing entry to 152 countries. As many as 98 countries offer visa-free entry, 54 countries offer visas on arrival and 46 countries require a visa before entering the country.

5. Safety-first

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Multiple global indexes have rated the UAE as the safest place in the world. According to Gallup's 2021 Global Law and Order report, about 95 per cent of the country's residents said they feel safe walking alone at night — making it the best globally.

Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking put the UAE at the very top of the list in ensuring the safety of residents, even amid the Omicron threat.

6. 100% vaccinated residents

In a world-first achievement, the UAE has administered at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to 100 per cent of all eligible residents.

7. Hello Mars, it’s us

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Photo: File

The Arab world’s first inter-planetary mission, Hope Probe, reached Mars in February this year.

8. The trust factor

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According to the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, the UAE Government is among the most trusted in the world. The country received praise for handling the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuring safety for its residents.

9. Haven for foreign investments

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Photo: File

The UAE economy is the most attractive regionally to foreign investments.

10. Talents shine

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The country is the first globally in attracting talents. This will only get better with the launch of new residency reforms, including the Golden and Green visas.

11. Adherence to rule of law and transparency

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The UAE remains the best country in the Middle East and North Africa in terms of adherence to the law, thanks to no corruption in the country and the best civil and criminal justice provided to the residents.

12. Adaptable to changes

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Photo: WAM

The country ranked first globally on the ‘Absence of Bureaucracy’ and second on the ‘Adaptability of Government Policy’ indicators, in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.


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