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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum attends Dubai Forum

08.11.2017

10th edition of the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices opened with major milestone achievements

  • Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Dubai Police and Dubai Health Authority
  • Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Dubai Municipality and Dubai Land Department
  • Dubai Innovates competition launched in cooperation with Dubai Quality Group & Expo 2020
  • H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of The Executive Council, delivers welcome address

Dubai, 7 November 2017: More than 2,000 leaders and experts in the Government of Dubai gathered today to witness momentous agreements and hear from influential policymakers and change makers at the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices. The annual knowledge-sharing platform is organized by the Dubai Government Excellence Program and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

On sidelines of the forum, two memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed by the General Command of Dubai Police and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Municipality and Dubai Land Department, respectively. The new strategic partnerships will shore up areas where there is overlap between the two entities.

The signings were one of many landmark moments at the 10th edition of the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices. The annual knowledge-sharing platform is organized by the Dubai Government Excellence Program and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of officials and featured prominent local and international speakers addressing the event’s theme, “An inspiring government shapes the future and achieves happiness”.

H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of The Executive Council of Dubai, said: “The first day of the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices was a resounding success. It not only attracted participants from around the world, but it brought a great deal of valuable knowledge and information to bear. Today we had access to the personal success stories of distinguished speakers and veterans in public service, and I am confident that their stories will be a guiding light for those of us who wish to overcome challenges and achieve our goals in government work.”

H.E. Al Basti continued: “In its long tradition, the Dubai Forum has advanced the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum by advocating for the relentless pursuit of creativity and innovation in government work. These are the building blocks of greatness, and the path to achieving the goals of the Government of Dubai."

Delivering a UAE perspective, His Excellency Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, spoke on the topic, “An inspiring leadership in the UAE”. During his speech, H.E. Khalfan Tamim detailed the characteristics of a leader who can inspire others and motivate a change in their behavior. He also covered the qualities necessary to motivate teams and deliver impactful change. He pointed out that the UAE has been, and remains, the land of inspirational leaders.

"An inspirational leader has the ability to innovate and revitalize ways of working.  The ability to show enthusiasm and serve as a role model for the people you manage are among the most defining traits of a good leader. It is also important to share in their work and in their achievements, while also celebrating the good results they have achieved," said Dhahi Khalfan. "The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, laid the foundations for an extraordinary Arab union, one that inspires everyone around him and everyone who has come after him to be a positive leader in the union's march forward. The UAE is a unique example of unity and a good example for development. The late His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, had the ability to make strategic long-term plans, he enjoyed a unique capacity for foresight, and he was a model of punctuality.”

"The Founding Fathers have been followed by a generation of great leaders whose work we are witnessing today, including His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, and their fellow rulers. They have shown relentless determination and introduced countless innovative initiatives throughout the country, which has inspired current and emerging generations and laid the foundations for scientific, cognitive and technical renaissance. Everything that they have achieved has created a beacon of culture that will benefit every citizen.”

On the forum’s first day, five keynote speakers continued this legacy, exchanging information in their fields, while also identifying their greatest aspirations. In line with the goals of the forum’s organizer, the Dubai Government Excellence Program, the Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices seeks to equip employees of the Government of Dubai to adapt best practices and embrace concepts of continuous improvement.

Some of the world’s most influential policy makers delivered keynotes on Tuesday: H.E. Idris Jala, Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department of Malaysia and CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU); H.E. Dr. Abdulazziz Turkistani, former Saudi ambassador to Japan; Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau of International des Expositions (BIE); H.E. Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State of Happiness of the UAE; and Lt. General H.E. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security of Dubai;

Each of their hour-long sessions demonstrated the impact that inspiration has had on a speaker’s work, whether he was delivering an international project or hoping to achieve operational excellence.

During the second day of the forum, audiences saw the story of an inspiring struggle to imbue Iraqi orphans with hope. On stage at the forum, Mr. Hisham Al Dahabi, a winner of the Arab Hope Makers prize said: “I have been challenged, to shelter street children and cut through a dialogue that exists in all societies: are street children victims or perpetrators?”

Mr. Al Dahabi continued: “The children gave me a sense of humanity, a sense of humanity, psychological comfort and reassurance. I gave them the time, effort, attention, access to care, and the psychological care they needed. They gave me patience, willpower and a love of life.”

Commenting on the first day of the forum, Dr. Ahmed Nusseirat, General Coordinator of the Dubai Government Excellence Program, said: “More than 2,000 people attended the first day of Dubai Forum 2017. To me, this is a sign that this event is an established source of innovation and excellence, and it is evidence that—after 9 years—the themes that we explore continue to resonate with government officials and administrators. The Dubai Forum for Government Best Practices was established in 2007 so that employees could benefit from the experiences of leading experts in their fields, and it has carried out that mission successfully for another year. I extend my thanks to the outstanding speakers who shared their success stories and inspired audiences today with their stories of courage and determination.”

Dr. Nusseirat added: “One of the most important activities at this year’s Dubai Forum is Dubai Innovates. Dubai Innovates was launched in collaboration with Dubai Quality Group and Expo 2020, and it aims to enable government entities to share innovative ideas and solutions to an important challenge in Dubai.”

In a first for the forum, qualified visitors took part in a competition, Dubai Innovates. In cooperation with Dubai Quality Group and Expo 2020, Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Innovation called on government officials to share their responses to one very important question: "How can we make Expo 2020 the most exciting event in the world?" One-hundred and eighteen ideas were received from 19 government entities, and fives ideas were shortlisted from the following entities: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA); Dubai Maritime Services; Dubai Medical Authority; as well as two ideas represented by Dubai Airports about the UAE experience.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Innovation aims to stimulate and generate creative ideas though competitions. Taken together its competitions stimulate a legacy of ideas that are both appreciated and applied in government work, and ultimately promote a culture of innovation in government agencies, respond to the challenges they face, and seize every opportunity for success.

The forum also hosted Dr. Idris Jala, former Minister of the Malaysian Prime Minister's Office and Head of the Government and Economic Transformation Program in Malaysia. Dr. Idris discussed his mission to provide all services to the people of Malaysia more effectively and affordably in just 10 years.

During a session with inspiration, Dr. Abdulazziz bin Abdul Sattar al-Turkistani described his evolution from the son of a shoemaker to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan.

During his dialogue with moderator Abdullah Ismail, Dr. Turkistani said: "I dreamed of carving out a place on the map so that my father and mother and my small family would be proud of me."

Attendees also heard from speakers in the private sector. Hisham Al Dahabi, winner of the Arab Hope Makers prize and Dr. Naif Al Mutawa, an award-winning serial entrepreneur and clinical psychologist, detailed their efforts to inspire young Arabic youth, and Dr .Beau Lotto, a neuroscientist and CEO of Lab of Misfits Studio in the United Kingdom, instructed his audience on how to make inspiration a way of life.