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Secretary General

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti

Secretary General of the Executive Council of Dubai


His Excellency Abdulla Al Basti has been Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai since October 2017, overseeing the creation and implementation of The Executive Council’s vision direction, and strategic decisions for the emirate across various sectors, through the development and management of the council’s public policies. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of Dubai’s Plan 2021, and its alignment with UAE Vision 2021.

Dubai’s high quality of life, positioning, and competitiveness on both the global and regional stage, through the emirate’s world-class strategic sectors and government accountability have thus far been priorities for His Excellency, who currently manages strategic programmes designed to achieve excellence in government performance; as well as review laws and regulations to ensure they are conducive to Dubai’s vision of economic diversification and investment. His Excellency has long been stern when it comes to the application of the principles of good governance as well as the accountability in government work.

In addition to his role as Secretary General of The Executive Council Dubai, His Excellency currently heads the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP), and is board member of numerous initiatives, including The Year of Giving; The Higher Committee for the Year of Zayed; Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority; Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives; Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of People of Determination. His Excellency is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils; and is on the Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation.

His Excellency has a wealth of experience within the government sector, where he was responsible for the launch of numerous strategic initiatives, from the Emirates Government Services Programme to the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Council. He has served as the Executive Director of the Government Development Division in the Prime Minister's Office, supervising the launch of both the Emirates Government Services Programme and the UAE Government Leaders Programme; and held the position of Secretary General of the Cabinet at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Future, prior to which he held the position of Director General of The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.


A graduate of Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development, His Excellency Abdulla Al Basti holds a Master’s in Total Quality Management from the University of Wollongong, Dubai, and a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from the University of Dubai.