Dubai offers itself a UAE Strategy for the Future

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai have launched the UAE Strategy for the Future, designed to bring the country to its next era of development with future prototypes for sectors of healthcare, education, social development and the environment to be developed.

According to the Dubai Media Office, there will be a programme to “steer the nation’s transformational growth by identifying the needs and challenges of the future”, address them through “impactful long-term plans” and phase their implementation in 3 short, medium and long-term duration, with benchmarks and performance indicators for each.  The Dubai ruler having particular interest in the future readiness of Dubai, has earlier this year, launched the Future Accelerators programme with the intention of deploying certain futuristic prototypes across the city. 

“As a nation, we have always been forward-looking and planning for the future, which has been a key driver of our success. The UAE Strategy for the Future is our new approach to planning for the future by predicting, analysing and implementing highly effective action plans that accelerate development,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

“The strategy serves as the referral point for governmental departments to adopt proactive future planning to usher in an even more prosperous tomorrow for our current and future generations. To achieve its goals, we must work together and share responsibilities. With our future planning model, we will serve as a model for the world. “The citizens of the UAE are our most important resource in building our future. To nurture their skills, we will strengthen education and training initiatives.”

The Dubai Media Office mentioned above has published its programme in its website; we reproduce extracts of it here.

Dubai Plan 2021

“Dubai Plan 2021” reflects the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and builds on the success of the “Dubai Strategic Plan 2015”.

“Dubai Plan 2021” aims to reinforce Dubai’s position as a global centre and destination for a number of industries and sectors as part of which it has launched several major global initiatives and hosted several global events. In November 2013, Dubai won the right to host the World Expo in 2020. Other major projects that demonstrate Dubai’s leadership include an initiative to transform Dubai into the’Capital of the Islamic Economy’, and the launch of the Dubai Smart City strategy.

Dubai Plan 2021 was developed over the period of a year by teams of representatives from various entities of the Government of Dubai. In addition, various segments of the society, particularly the youth, took part in workshops and interactive platforms that allowed them to participate in shaping the future of the city. The team working on developing the Dubai.

Plan 2021 researched theoretical models for the development of cities. The team also benchmarked Dubai against various cities that are similar to Dubai geographically, economically, and socially and that compete with it for global leadership.

The plan comprises 660 key performance indicators that measure the achievement of the objectives and goals of the Plan in line with the national agenda and the UAE’s goal to be “Number 1” in all fields.

Dubai Plan 2021 is divided into 6 themes, each highlighting a group of strategic developmental goals for Dubai. Together, they form the city’s vision for 2021.

1- A City of Happy, Creative & Empowered People


Educated, Cultured and Healthy Individuals:

Individuals who take care of their own wellbeing and that of their family through proactive measures to manage their health and enhance their skills and ability to contribute to the economy and society of Dubai, building on their solid education and cultured upbringing.

Productive and Innovative in a Variety of Fields:

Individuals who strive to succeed, are financially self-sufficient, and embody the mindset and disposition of entrepreneurs and responsible citizens.

Happy Individuals Proud of Their Culture:

Individuals who are generally satisfied with their life in Dubai, confident about their future and proud of their cultural origins.

Are The Cornerstone for Dubai’s Development across all fields:

Emirates men and women playing an important role in the development of Dubai and filling critical roles across various sectors including social, economic, and urban.

2-An Inclusive and Cohesive Society


A Vibrant and Sustainable Multi-Cultural Society:

A population that is economically and demographically sustainable and for which multiculturalism is a source of strength and pride.

A Tolerant and Inclusive Society Embracing the Civic Values of Dubai:

A society in which people are treated equally and fairly and share a set of core civic values including tolerance, and personal responsibility.

Cohesive Families and Communities Forming the Bedrock of Society:

Families and communities that provide nurturing environments for personal development, including the raising of children inculcated with core values of personal responsibility, creativity and tolerance.

3- The Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit


A City with the Best Educational, Healthcare and Housing Services Catering to Everyone’s Needs:

High quality housing, education, and healthcare services that are accessible for each socio-economic segment of society and a globally competitive cost of living.

Vibrant and Active, Providing a Rich Cultural Experience and Globally Distinctive Entertainment Outlets:

Dubai offers a diverse set of cultural and recreational options, including green spaces, beaches, sporting facilities, entertainment options and cultural experiences making it an attractive and entertaining city for residents and a popular destination for tourists.

The Most Secure Place:

A feeling among residents and workers living in Dubai and tourists visiting Dubai, that the city is a safe and secure place to be and that any personal security concerns are dealt with efficiently and transparently by law enforcement authorities.

4- A Smart & Sustainable City


A Smart, Integrated and Connected City

The infrastructure that supports the economic and social life of Dubai as a city matches world-class levels of efficiency and citizen accessibility, and that allows for future growth of the city.

Sustainable with its Resources:

A city that uses its resources sustainably over the long-term and in line with international best practice levels in terms of consumption, efficiency, and management, and in its dependence on renewable energy sources.

Environmental Elements are Clean, Healthy and Sustainable:

Dubai enjoys a clean and healthy environment in all its elements and ensures its sustainability in the long-term, and in line with the world’s best practices.

A Safe and Resilient Built Environment:

Safety standards across the built environment — including building and transport safety codes and emergency services and crisis/ disaster response capabilities — that match international best practices.

A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy


A City that Enjoys Sustainable Economic Growth:

Economic growth that is resilient to disruptive shocks because it is underpinned by a diversified base of economic activity, innovation in business models and increasing productivity of labor and capital.

One of the World’s Leading Business Centres:

Consistently ranked as one of the top 5 global centers for trade, logistics, tourism and finance as well as internationally recognized as the leading financial and trading center at the heart of the Islamic economy.

The Most Business Friendly City and a Preferred Investment Destination:

Dubai is the preferred investment destination for foreign capital, and takes its position as the most business friendly city in the world.

A Pioneering and Excellent Government


Proactive and Creative in Meeting the Needs of Individuals and Society as a Whole:

The government is forward-looking, proactively listening to and engaging all stakeholders, to ensure that its policies and services meet the needs of individuals and society as a whole, in the present and the future. It also aims to simplify the lives of people through the provision of smart, high quality government services reflecting the individual activities and institutional requirements.

Sustainable and Innovative in the Management of its Resources:

The Government of Dubai adopts a culture of innovation and excellence in its approach to the management of public finances in a manner that sustainably supports city development and environmental friendliness, and human resource practices that ensure the accumulation and continuity of knowledge and experience for the government.

Transparent and Reliable:

The Government of Dubai ensures a fair and reliable application of all laws and regulations in order to preserve the rights of the individuals and institutions. It is also committed to adopting a transparent approach in the development and implementation of all policies, legislation and services.

Further reading and for more information, please consult Dubai Media Office.