Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Development and Citizens Affairs, presided over the first 2024 meeting, where he approved various resolutions and initiatives.

The Crown Prince also reviewed several important resolutions that were issued by the committee since it was formed in May 2022 under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

During the Tuesday meeting, the Crown Prince noted that "improving citizens" quality of life is the main objective behind ambitious projects, initiatives, and development plans.

"This reflects the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to dedicate all available resources to meeting citizens' expectations, ensuring their well-being, and reinforcing social stability," he was quoted as saying by WAM.

Sheikh Hamdan directed all the committee members to work on accomplishments achieved in the last two years and launch a new phase of those programs and initiatives, noting that they should be creative, sustainable, and proactive.

He also said that those programs and initiatives should be capable enough to evolve in this modern world and offer innovative solutions for the sustainable development of the emirate.

The Crown Prince shared that so far, the committee has achieved various goals of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, including the "distribution of over 8,400 land grants, increasing social allocations and benefits offered in support of citizens to AED 542 million and employing over 17,000 Emiratis in the public and private sectors."

"Caring for our citizens remains the main driver of our aspirations for prosperity, comprehensive development and global status," he added.

Furthermore, he announced the approval of several new resolutions and initiatives for the next stage, focusing on retirees, social solidarity, housing, quality of life, and social services.

"Directives have been issued to ensure the availability of all resources that serve the Committee's objectives, as we continue to launch innovative projects to ensure the happiness of Dubai citizens," he added.

Last month, Sheikh Hamdan launched the "Dubai Integrated Housing Center" to provide 54 residential services under one roof to streamline the home-building services for its citizens.

The prime minister of the UAE, on the other hand, launched the Dubai Retiree Projects Support program last month under the theme of "Family: The Foundation of Our Nation," which will allow Emirati retirees to receive benefits and incentives.