Dubai Government to be streamlined

Five new committees set up to assist the Executive Council after announcement by Crown Prince

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Dubai's Crown Prince yesterday announced the formation of a host of government committees as part of a shake-up designed to streamline decision-making in the emirate. Five new groups will start work in the areas of economic development, security and justice, social and community projects, infrastructure and environment, and health and safety.

The overhaul and establishment of the new bodies is designed to boost the performance of the Executive Council, according to a statement carried by the state news agency, WAM. The economic committee would also be responsible for "monitoring international agreements and their effects on the local economy". Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council, announced the news, adding that the committees would help co-ordinate tiers of government.

"These sectorial committees will contribute to boosting the performance of the Executive Council, improve the decision-making process in different government sectors in Dubai, review programmes and studies meant to enhance government sectors, as well as co-ordinate the work of the government authorities," the WAM report said. The economic development committee will be run by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, while the security and justice group will be led by Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Dubai Police chief.

The social development body will be chaired by Major Gen Mohammed Ahmed al Marri, the director general of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, and the environment and infrastructure committee will be managed by Saeed Mohammed al Tayer, the chief executive of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The health and safety committee will be led by Hussein Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.