UAE Cabinet plans for country's post-coronavirus future

New strategy is being developed to support the country's economy and medical sector

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chairs a UAE Cabinet meeting. Courtesy UAE Gov Twitter
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The UAE Government has begun planning for the country's post-coronavirus future.

On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a virtual UAE Cabinet meeting to discuss post-Covid-19 strategy.

Sheikh Mohammed spoke of the need to formulate a development plan to address immediate issue and long-term changes that must be made once coronavirus was no longer a global threat.

"Our national priorities need to be reviewed for a post-Covid-19 world. Our financial and human resources need to be redirected. Our healthcare, food and economic security needs to be further solidified through new programmes and projects.," Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter.

"Preparing for a post-coronavirus world is to prepare for a new future that no one expected just a few months ago."

The Cabinet agreed to form a new task force, under the Ministry of Economy, that is charged with coming up with a plan to increase the "productivity and competitiveness" of the country's medical sector.

Sheikh Mohammed called for detailed policies to be drawn up to address the recovery and resumption of economic activity in the UAE.

"New teams are required to work faster, more thoroughly and more responsively to the fast-changing daily developments," Sheikh Mohammed said.

The task force will review the sectors that have been hardest hit by the crisis and come up with ways to replenish their resources.

The team is expected to draft a comprehensive strategy that will meet future environmental, epidemiological and natural challenges.

Sheikh Mohammed said the whole world would need to come up with new ways of working that focus on key sectors, including health, education, technology and food security.

Sheikh Mohammed has previously said that serious changes needed to be made in the world post-coronavirus.

“The reality of work will change and the way of work must change. The world after coronavirus needs different preparations … because it will be different."