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Pursuing academic excellence is an embodiment of Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision, Hamdan bin Mohammed tells Dubai’s high school achievers
Hamdan bin Mohammed and Maktoum bin Mohammed meet Dubai’s top-performing high-school students
Hamdan bin Mohammed: We remain keen to support and invest in the youth’s abilities so that they can write a new chapter in Dubai’s excellence and leadership
Hamdan bin Mohammed issues directives to offer the top-performing high school students financial rewards and scholarships for prestigious universities
Meeting held as a result of a system for recognising and rewarding top Dubai students, aimed at empowering youth, talent and scientific competencies from across the world
Pursuing academic excellence is an embodiment of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for the future of Dubai, said His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed made the comments during his meeting with Dubai’s top-performing high school students in Emirates Towers. During the meeting, held in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed affirmed that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision is based on man and his limitless capabilities, and in which youth are a fundamental pillar with their creative minds and inspiring ambitions.
The students, who graduated from their respective curriculum during the academic year 2021-2022, were drawn from public and private schools and various curricula. His Highness followed up on their aspirations, discussed their plans for higher education, and motivated them to continue to excel and invest in their capabilities to meet the future needs and priorities of Dubai’s strategic sectors and raise Emiratisation rates.
His Highness said: “Emirati youth are the nation’s pillar of development and the best hope for its success. In Dubai, we remain committed to nurturing their skills and enhancing their participation in nation-building. I call on the high-achieving students and all graduates to complete their studies in scientific disciplines that add qualitative value to the market’s needs in the strategic priority sectors, which are particularly important to the local economic system. We remain keen to invest in your abilities and provide all the facilities that support your journey so you can write a new chapter in Dubai’s excellence and leadership. We see the future with you, and you, as top performers, are an inspiration for other youths.”
The meeting was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of HH the Dubai Ruler’s Court; His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai; His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA); and His Excellency Abdulla Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR).
The meeting was held as a result of a system for recognising and rewarding top Dubai students. Previously announced by His Highness, the plan focuses on empowering youth, talent and scientific competencies from across the world. It also supports efforts to develop Emirati youth and their capabilities, especially in strategic sectors.
The system includes discretionary incentives providing top achievers with opportunities for academic scholarships and financial rewards. Emirati students can obtain scholarships within and outside the country at the most prestigious international universities. Resident students can get financial aid for international university branches in free zones and a priority issuance of golden visas for them and their families.
In coordination with the KHDA and Dubai’s public and private schools, a smart electronic system is applied to standardise high school results across different curricula to ensure fairness while calculating grades. This system identifies Dubai’s top achievers across diverse curricula and is aligned with international best practices.
The system identified the top 50 male and female high school pupils for the academic year 2021-22, as of August 2022. These included 25 Emirati and 25 resident pupils from select curricula, including the UAE’s Ministry of Education, American (advanced level), International Baccalaureate, and British curricula. The cohort includes also graduates of Grade 12 and Year 13.
Hamdan bin Mohammed: our goal for Dubai to become a global model for a future of sustainability and green transformation
The Executive Council approves the roadmap to complete the transition towards zero-emission public transport in Dubai by 2050
The main targets of the roadmap
- Eliminating 8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions
- Achieving financial savings equivalent to AED 3 billion
The Executive Council approved:
- The licensing policy for early learning institutions
- The policy to incentivize NGOs
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, confirmed that Dubai, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is moving forward in creating a roadmap for the Emirate of Dubai to shift towards zero-emission public transportation by 2050. The move is in line with the UAE’s voluntary commitment to climate action and based on the nation’s position as a global driver for the deployment and use of renewable energy, and a pioneer in the transition towards a green economy and sustainable solutions.
His Highness said: “Humanity expects each of us to contribute to saving the future. The UAE spares no effort to be on the frontlines to preserve the sustainability of our planet’s resources. Our initiatives for the future are ensuring the UAE will continue to be a global model for innovation and creativity, one that will host the world and share its experiences at next year’s COP28 at Dubai Expo City.”
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed added: “Mohammed bin Rashid’s directives are to tackle climate change from the frontlines, and we will not compromise on the right of next generations to make their own future. It is our duty to preserve resources for them and this requires us to work collectively to achieve this on the ground. We continue to implement green initiatives with a positive environmental impact to reduce climate change.”
The remarks were made during a meeting of the Dubai Executive Council, which was held today (Wednesday) in the Emirates Towers in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. During the meeting, the roadmap was approved, which included the completion of the transformation process towards zero-emissions transportation in Dubai by 2050, the adoption of a policy for licensing early-education centers in Dubai, and the policy of activating and stimulating NGOs in the emirate.
Dubai is making steady progress on its objective to reduce carbon emissions in the emirate by implementing its Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which falls under the umbrella of the emirate’s comprehensive plans. It also aligns with the Energy and Water Demand Management Strategy 2030, and the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030, part of an integrated approach that ensures the participation of all local sectors in achieving the goals of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative. The landmark Net Zero pledge was made by the UAE during its participation in the COP26 in the UK as a pivotal step in its 2050 climate action.
The roadmap for achieving the transition towards zero-emission public transport in Dubai by 2050 is based on a set of executive initiatives related to infrastructure, the circular economy and green mobility, which would achieve the desired environmental impact by avoiding nearly 8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 132 million trees. It also equates to financial savings equivalent to AED3 billion by 2050 in comparison to current activity.
Under the initiative, which is a part of an integrated strategy to contribute to adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the deployment of clean energy vehicles will gradually increase. The Roads and Transport Authority will add electric and hydrogen vehicles to its fleet of public transportation buses, school transport, taxis and limousines. It will also rehabilitate the infrastructure and expand the use of clean energy to encompass buildings and facilities, in addition to recycling waste to support the circular economy.
The roadmap is in line with the UAE’s vision to transform climate change challenges into opportunities to advance economic diversification and achieve sustainable economic development by developing new industries, technologies, skills and jobs that support environment protection and preservation. This will be achieved by striking a balance between sustainable development requirements and reduction in climate change effects through diversifying sources of income, building a knowledge economy, and shifting towards a green economy.
The Executive Council approved the policy for licensing early-learning institutions, which will contribute to enhancing Dubai’s attractiveness and competitiveness. It will be integrated with all government educational initiatives to encourage engagement at this important phase in children’s lives. Under the supervision of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai (KHDA), the policy will operate through the incentives it provides in attracting experienced Emirati talent. It will encourage investment in this sector, especially by local entrepreneurs and major international organizations in the field of early childhood. Its goals include improving services to meet global standards and respond to diverse family needs and expectations, in addition to consolidating societal values among youth while achieving the highest levels of excellence in accordance with the best international standards in the quality of education.
The policy will take into account a number of objectives, including the promotion of the Arabic language, Islamic education and the national identity of Emirati children, improving the quality of education and care services, and enhancing family and community awareness.
In the meeting, the Executive Council also adopted a policy to incentivise Non for Profit Organizations (NGOs) in Dubai to support quality of life priorities by activating the role of civil society in social development. The new policy will improve social services in the emirate through an integrated system of legislative frameworks, standards and initiatives to enhance continuous quality development. It will also direct the efforts of NGOs to achieve social development priorities and increase the efficiency of government resources that are allocated to the provision of social services.
The policy responds to the significant developments taking place in the NGO sector – which includes licensed non-profit associations and institutions – and the sector’s vital role in Dubai in regard to education, society and healthcare. There are 257 organizations licensed by the Community Development Authority and other licensing authorities in Dubai.
The approved policy will also enhance social services across the emirate through an integrated system of legislative frameworks. There will be government support for NGOs whose activities and objectives are in line with the emirate’s directives, and they will be given priority in support and guidance, in addition to raising the quality of their outputs.
GNGC draws roadmap for effective government communication in Dubai
The General Network of Government Communications (GNGC) of the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai held its Q4 2022 meeting at the Dubai Police General Headquarters, to discuss best practices and relevant strategies for government communications in the Emirate.
Members of the General Network of Government Communications discussed best practices and relevant strategies regarding government communications in Dubai.
His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, and Engineer Ahmad Al Mahri, Assistant Secretary General of Government Communications and General Secretariat Affairs, attended the meeting alongside GNGC members from across communications departments in government entities.
A Strategic Driver
His Excellency Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai, highlighted the importance of collaboration and joint government efforts. He said: “The General Network of Government Communications is a strategic driver in coordinating the efforts of directors of communications across government entities and ensuring unity in government work, in line with the one team approach emphasized by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It also operates under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, to ensure the highest levels of excellence in government work.”
Government Communications Framework
On his part, His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said: “Government entities in Dubai work in line with the directives and visions of our leadership that aim to develop effective channels to measure the performance of government communications and educate about the government’s aspirations. Hence, government communication plays a critical role in delivering the strategic messages and unifying them for the public.”
His Excellency noted the importance of opening channels of communications with the public and expanding the circle of collaboration to enhance the Government of Dubai’s status as one of the best governments in the world. He added: “Dubai Police leverages its communications arm to translate police messages and convey them objectively to the public across various media channels. The aim is to educate the people about Dubai Police’s services and achievements, as they helpin maintaining the safety and stability of the Emirate.”
He noted that the continued efforts of GNGC contributed to effective adoption ofcommunications strategies, which helps government leaders positively impact the public’s perception.
A Unified Strategy
Engineer Ahmad Al Mahri said: “A key pillar to the success of government work in fulfilling its mission and achieving its objectives is the ability to communicate effectively and accurately convey strategic messages through innovative channels. Utilizing international best practices and continuously employing the best available capabilities, Dubai has succeeded in providing a model for effective government communication with various internal and external stakeholders.”
He also noted that collaborations between government entities enhance Dubai’s status, which will reflect positively on the government’s work.
On her part, Budoor Ali, Director of Government Communications at the General Secretariat Affairs at The Executive Council, said: “Through the General Network of Government Communications, we aim to coordinate with all stakeholders to follow the one-voice approach, to enhance cooperation and support the pivotal role of the communications departments.”
During the meeting, GNGC members discussed the developments in government communications at the General Secretariat of The Executive Council. In addition, Dr. Hazza Al Nuaimi, General Coordinator of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme, presented the impact of government communications as a key tool in developing institutional performance and government work.
Major Khalid Al Marri, Head of the Social Media Section at the Security Media Department at the General Department of Community Happiness in Dubai Police, also shared a successful case study of establishing a communications room at Dubai Police.
Ahmad Al Tunaiji, Director of Communications at the Dubai Health Authority, proposed enhancing communication strategic partners to achieve the desired institutional goals of the health sector.
محمد بن راشد: رحلة التميز الحكومي لم تكن رحلة سهلة وسريعة لكنها كانت رحلة ممتعة وتأثيراتها ستبقى لأجيال قادمة
بمناسبة مرور 25 عاماً على تأسيس برنامج دبي للتميز الحكومي
محمد بن راشد: رحلة التميز الحكومي لم تكن رحلة سهلة وسريعة لكنها كانت رحلة ممتعة وتأثيراتها ستبقى لأجيال قادمة
- محمد بن راشد: قبل 25 سنة من اليوم بدأنا رحلة التميز الحكومي.. واليوم نجني ثمارها خدمات متقدمة، وتنافسية دولية، وعوائد اقتصادية، وكوادر وطنية لا تقدر بثمن.. 25 عاماً هي المدة التي تطلبها تغيير الثقافة المؤسسية في الإمارة.. لم تكن رحلة سهلة وسريعة لكنها كانت رحلة ممتعة وتأثيراتها ستبقى لأجيال قادمة
- محمد بن راشد: ستبقى التفاصيل الدقيقة المتعلقة برفاهية كل مواطن ومقيم على رأس أولوياتنا
- محمد بن راشد: قطعنا مرحلة مهمة من مسيرة التميز الحكومي.. ومعيار التميز للمرحلة المقبلة هو أن يسابق العمل الحكومي خيال المتعامل، وأن يكون أسرع وأكثر مرونة
- محمد بن راشد: لم تكن المهمة بسيطة ولكنها لم تكن مستحيلة.. مثلما يحق لنا أن نفتخر بما حققنا، يحق للناس أن يطلبوا منا الأفضل دائماً
- محمد بن راشد: شكراً لكل من ساهم في ترسيخ ثقافة التميز الحكومي من القيادات والإداريين والميدانيين والجنود المجهولين.. وأذكر الجميع "في السباق نحو التميز ليس هناك خط للنهاية"
أكد صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي "رعاه الله"، أن ثقافة التميز ترسخت في العمل الحكومي، وأضحت ممارسة تتطور باستمرار.. فقد قطعت الإمارات ودبي مرحلة مهمة من مسيرة التميز الحكومي على مدى ربع قرن، ومعيار التميز للمرحلة المقبلة هو أن يسابق العمل الحكومي خيال المتعامل مع دوائرنا ومؤسساتنا، وأن يكون عملنا الأسرع والأكفأ والأكثر مرونة في تحقيق أهداف مئوية الإمارات 2071.
وقال سموه: "قبل 25 سنة من اليوم بدأنا رحلة التميز الحكومي.. واليوم نجني ثمارها خدمات متقدمة، وتنافسية دولية، وعوائد اقتصادية، وكوادر وطنية لا تقدر بثمن.. 25 عاماً هي المدة التي تطلبها تغيير الثقافة المؤسسية في الإمارة.. لم تكن رحلة سهلة وسريعة لكنها كانت رحلة ممتعة وتأثيراتها ستبقى لأجيال قادمة".
وأضاف سموه "عندما أسسنا برنامج دبي للتميز الحكومي في عام 1997 كان هدفنا أن نصل بأدائنا لمستوى القطاع الخاص، وخلال فترة قصيرة أصبح القطاع الحكومي هو النموذج الذي تتعلم منه القطاعات الأخرى، بل ودول العالم.. فشكراً لكم من ساهم في تحقيق غايتنا، وأذكر الجميع بأن في السباق نحو التميز ليس هناك خط للنهاية".
كما وقال سموه: "تحقيق سعادة ورفاهية الإنسان هي أمانة حملناها.. وستبقى التفاصيل الدقيقة المرتبطة برفاهية كل مواطن ومقيم على رأس أولوياتنا.. ولا تردد نحو تحقيق مزيد من التميز والريادة".
كما أكد سموه: "الخدمات المتميزة التي تقدمها الجهات الحكومية على مدى السنوات الماضية، أساس صلب نريد مواصلة البناء عليه، ورفع سقف الريادة في تبني الحلول المبتكرة لتقديم خدمات حكومية تسبق توقعات الناس.
جاء ذلك بمناسبة مرور 25 عاماً على تأسيس سموه لبرنامج دبي للتميز الحكومي، وما مثّله من إنجازات طوال السنوات الماضية تحقيقاً للريادة العالمية لحكومة دبي من خلال التميز والابتكار، وتجسيدًا لرسالته الهادفة لتمكين الجهات الحكومية في دبي لتطوير الأداء والنتائج والخدمات، حتى تتمكن من الوصول إلى مستويات رائدة وغير مسبوقة عالمياً في مختلف المجالات.
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