His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched a seven-year UAE National Agenda leading to the UAE Vision 2021 which coincides with the UAE's 50th National Day.
The UAE National Agenda, which was developed by over 300 officials from 90 federal and local government entities, includes a set of national indicators in the sectors of education, healthcare, economy, police and security, housing, infrastructure and government services.
Pillars of UAE National Agenda:
Cohesive Society And Preserved Identity
The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda strives to preserve a cohesive society proud of its identity and sense of belonging. Thus, it promotes an inclusive environment that integrates all segments of society while preserving the UAE's unique culture, heritage and traditions and reinforces social and family cohesion.
Furthermore, the National Agenda aims for the UAE to be among the best in the world in the Human Development Index and to be the happiest of all nations so that its citizens feel proud to belong to the UAE. The National Agenda also sets an ambitious plan to increase the UAE's achievements and medals in international sports events and Olympic Games.
Safe Public And Fair Judiciary
The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims to make the UAE the safest place in the world.
Therefore it seeks to reinforce its citizen's sense of security and achieve leading positions in the areas of security, emergency preparedness, reliability of police services and road safety.
Furthermore, the National Agenda reinforces the importance of a fair and active legal system that guarantees the rights of individuals and businesses, and makes the UAE's judicial system among the most efficient in the world.
Competitive Knowledge Economy
The global economy will witness significant economic changes in the coming years, and the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims to make the country a major player at the international level.
As a result, it focuses on making the UAE the economic, tourism and commercial capital for more than two billion people by transitioning to a knowledge-based economy, promoting innovation and research and development, strengthening the regulatory framework for key sectors, and encouraging high value-adding sectors. These will improve the country's business environment and increase its attractiveness to foreign investment.
The National Agenda also aims to transform the UAE as one of the best destinations in the world in the field of entrepreneurship by unlocking the potential of its nationals and making them a driving force in the UAE's economic development through their active participation in small and medium enterprises in the private sector. Furthermore, the Agenda strives to instill an entrepreneurial culture in schools and universities to foster leadership, creativity, responsibility and ambition in the new generation. This will allow the UAE to be among the best in the world in ease of doing business, innovation, entrepreneurship and R&D indicators.
The government aims not only to achieve leading positions in global reports, but to also provide a good life for its citizens. Therefore the National Agenda seeks to place the UAE among the top countries in the world in terms of per capita income and ensure high levels of national participation in the private sector workforce.
First-Rate Education System
Education is a fundamental element for the development of a nation and the best investment in its youth. For that reason, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system, which will require a complete transformation of the current education system and teaching methods. The National Agenda aims to equip all schools, universities and students with Smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research. There will also be significant investments to promote and reinforce enrollment in preschools as this is critical to shaping children's personalities and their future.
Furthermore, the National Agenda aims to enable the UAE students rank among the best in the world in reading, mathematics and science exams, and to have a strong knowledge of the Arabic language.
Since success requires an open mind and healthy body, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims to achieve a world-class healthcare system.
The National Agenda emphasises the importance of preventive medicine and seeks to reduce cancer and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to ensure a longer, healthier life for citizens. In addition, the Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking and increase the healthcare system's readiness to deal with epidemics and health risks. This will result in the UAE becoming among the best countries in the world in terms of quality of healthcare.
Sustainable Environment And Infrastructure
The UAE Government wants to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development
To do that, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda focuses on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources, increasing the contribution of clean energy and implementing green growth plans.
Also, the National Agenda highlights the importance of infrastructure and aims for the UAE to be among the best in the world in terms of quality of airports, ports, road infrastructure, and electricity. Besides, leading telecommunications infrastructure will allow the UAE to become a forerunner in the provision of Smart services.
Finally, seeking to further improve the quality of life of its citizens, the Agenda has set a target to provide suitable housing for eligible UAE nationals within a record timeframe.
National Agenda Targets:
- To set the standards for other governments and to be first worldwide in smart services.
- Transform all schools and curricula to smart learning and increase investment in pre-school education.
- Make the UAE the safest place on earth, and reduce the response time to emergency calls to a record time of four minutes.
- Increase the per capita gross income by 65% over the next seven years
- Become the first globally in land, sea and air infrastructure..and the world's first in ease of doing business.
- Decrease the waiting period of eligibility for housing to two years from the date of application
- Increase Emiratisation in the private sector 10 times. If motivation is not enough, the government will enforce new measures to increase Emiratisation
To get more information about The UAE National Agenda, please visit: http://www.vision2021.ae/ar/national-priority-areas