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

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet approved a new housing support package worth AED 1.682 billion to provide housing assistance for 2,160 people under the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.

The cabinet - chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai - also approved the "Manzili" bundle for beneficiaries of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.

The bundle offers 18 housing services for the citizens in collaboration with 24 federal and local government entities. The package aims to make the process easier for citizens by reducing the number of involved entities from 11 to 1, required documents from 10 to 2, steps in the procedure from 14 to 3, and service fields from 32 to 5.

"We approved during the Cabinet meeting, 2,160 new housing decisions for citizens under the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program valued at AED 1.682 billion. We also approved a project to simplify and reduce procedures within the program in collaboration with 24 government entities," Al Maktoum said, according to WAM.

"This will streamline the process, reducing the number of required documents for housing loan approval from 10 to 2. We thank the teams working tirelessly to eliminate bureaucracy, re-engineer all government procedures, simplify them, and ease the lives of our citizens," he added.

The approval came just a few days ahead of the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, aiming to achieve social stability. It aligns with the UAE's policies of supporting and empowering citizens, ensuring everyone has a dignified life and suitable housing.

The "Manzili" bundle also improves digital government services, providing faster and simpler procedures for citizens. It also aligns with the goals of the next phase, which include cutting 2,000 government procedures within a year, reducing the time needed for government services by 50%, and re-engineering them to offer a new generation of proactive integrated services, aiming to make the UAE government the best in the world.

"The bundle supports the goals of advancing digital transformation and adopting technological solutions in designing future services," said Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei.

"This ensures the achievement of national objectives and strategies by providing integrated digital services, improving the lives of community members, and delivering leading services that enhance the happiness of citizens and facilitate their transactions," he added.

Mohamed Al Mansouri, Director General of Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, said that the bundle highlights the country's commitment to achieving sustainable development and enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.