In 2007, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and constitutional monarch of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched an ambitious eight-year plan, the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, aiming to make Dubai a smart, environmentally friendly, and sustainable city by 2015.
Following on from this plan, in 2010 Sheikh Mohammed launched another initiative, the UAE Vision 2021, aiming to make the UAE one of the world’s best countries in all sectors—education, healthcare, economy, standard of living, fair government, infrastructure—by the time it celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2021.
And with its 2015 plan in its final stages, Sheikh Mohammed launched a parallel plan for Dubai, also for 2021. The plan is a vision of a city of happy, creative and empowered citizens living in an inclusive and harmonious society that is preferred place to live, work and visit and a pivotal hub in the global economy. The plan also aims to make Dubai the “smartest” city in the world by 2021, employing the latest technology and utilizing environmentally friendly and sustainable living, all coordinated by a fair government, with all institutions centralized and working in complete coordination.
Speaking about the plan, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has been closely involved on both the 2015 and 2021 plans for the city has told Asharq Al-Awsat, ““We aim to be the global forefront by 2021.”
(*Source : Asharq Al-Awsat)