Secretary General


His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti

Secretary General of The Executive Council

Secretary General

The Secretary General plays a pivotal role within the Executive Council, entailing the implementation of decisions and formulation of future directions of the emirate.

The role also drives strategic stewardship and alignment of governmental entities to execute policies and decisions that fortify the emirate's leadership. Steering this course involves overseeing policy implementation across sectors, amplifying government services, and fortifying citizens and residents happiness and well-being.

With a focus on pivotal sectors such as the economy, social, sustainability and governance, the Secretary General strategically guides the Council's decisions to propel the emirate's advancement. This involves orchestrating a robust governmental services framework and refining the Dubai Plan, aimed at perpetuating excellence and leadership.

At the helm of the General Secretariat, His Excellency supervises studies and initiatives geared toward community welfare, happiness, and seamless government communication. This involves harmonizing the government's voice and fostering meaningful societal engagement.

The Secretary General also facilitates effective communication channels between The Executive Council and government entities, ensuring alignment on projects and strategies. This includes curating comprehensive plans for the Council's consideration and mobilizing task forces to ensure the implementation of approved decisions. 

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti has been pivotal figure in Dubai's governance landscape, serving as the Secretary General of The Executive Council since October 18, 2017. He also holds a significant role as a member of the Strategic Affairs Council within The Executive Council. 

In his capacity, His Excellency plays a vital role in supporting The Executive Council's vision and strategic decisions across diverse sectors. He oversees the development and implementation of public policies, contributing significantly to Dubai Plan, in alignment with broader vision of the UAE. 

Moreover, His Excellency leads several key initiatives, chairing the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) and serving as the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment. Additionally, he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Higher Committee for protection of the rights of people Determination. His affiliations extends globally, being a member of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, a member at C40 network of Climate Change, as well as his membership at the World Economic Forum.

With a vast career in the government sector, His Excellency has been instrumental in spearheading strategic initiatives, including the Emirates Government Services Programme and Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Council. His tenure as the Executive Director of the Government Development Division in the Prime Minister's Office saw the successful launch of transformative programs like Emirates Government Services Programme and the UAE Goverment Leaders Programme. Previously, he held the position of Secretary General of Cabinet at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Future.

His educational background includes a Master's degree in Total Quality Management from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Programming from the University of Dubai. His commitment to leadership development is evident through his graduation from the prestigious Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Leadership Development Programme.