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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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Dubai in 50 years: Sheikh Mohammed unveils plan

 

DUBAI – What will Dubai be like in 50 years? The ruler of Dubai has unveiled his 50-year charter plan for the development of the emirate.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently signed a document that outlines the plans on how Dubai will improve the quality of life of its citizens and residents in the next 50 years.

The announcement of the 50-year roadmap follows the release on Saturday of an eight-point plan for the governance of Dubai.

“This document represents our pledge and promise, on behalf of myself and the ruling family of Dubai, of what we will undertake to improve the quality of life, develop the community of Dubai and ensure the future of generations to come,” according to the document.

The pledges will be updated yearly and are split into nine points that identify the specific goals for Dubai.

What can we expect in Dubai in the next 50 years? There is a proposal to develop a Dubai silk road with “friendly neighbours” to reestablish Dubai as a trade hub.

Dubai also plans to set up the region’s first virtual commercial city that grants commercial licences, residencies and bank accounts without the need of applicants to be physically in Dubai.

To support business, specialized geo-economic zones will be developed. Each will be independently governed by its own council and governor.

In the education sector, there are plans for a centralised education system that stores citizens’ academic record, as well as plans to establish universities as freezones to encourage student entrepreneurship.

In healthcare, the charter promises 24-hour access to doctors facilitated by an app.

According to the 50-year plan, Dubai will be “a city governed by law and bound by the spirit of compassion, love harmony and tolerance”.

The emirate aspires to remain a “prosperous city where future generations achieve their dreams and aspirations”. GAD/Expat Media

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