UAE Cabinet Nod for New Federal Traffic Law, Working Group to Develop FCCI

New Cabinet decisions highlights country's commitment to development

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Published on June 10, 2024, 18:20:23


new federal traffic law approved Monday UAE Cabinet

A new federal traffic law was approved on Monday by the UAE Cabinet, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the new law, amendments will be made to the classification of vehicles and the use of modern technologies on the roads. This move is designed to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the global transport industry.

The Dubai Ruler stated that the new legislation will encompass the expansion of self-driving vehicles and electric cars. The law will also address various types of personal transportation and the overall reliance on transportation.

The federal traffic law will leverage the technological progress that characterises the country's road network. Sheikh Mohammed announced this law after chairing a UAE Cabinet meeting where several matters were discussed and approved, aligning with the country's commitment to development.

Accelerating Economic Growth

During the meeting, the formation of a working group to develop the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) in the country was approved. This group, led by the Ministry of Economy, will strengthen the role of the FCCI in the economy.

The group will also assist in building new global partnerships, enabling local companies to enter international markets. A constant structure is needed to keep pace with changes while accelerating economic growth in the country, the Dubai Ruler said.

Emirati Genome Programme

With the collection of more than 600,000 samples from the country, the Emirati Genome Programme aims to create a map of genetic and hereditary diseases within the UAE.

In a pilot phase, pre-marital screening will also be expanded to include all genetic and hereditary diseases, he added. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the achievements of the Emirati Genome Council, and work is underway to increase the number of samples to one million.

More than 1,000 medical personnel have been trained to support this programme. The collection of genetic samples from different parts of the country will also aid in the development of medicines specific to prevalent diseases.

The Dubai Ruler urged citizens to cooperate with the programme to ensure stronger healthcare for future generations.

Protection of Tourists

The UAE is rated among the safest countries in the world and sees an influx of tourists from all parts of the globe. In line with efforts to provide better services for international tourists, the Cabinet also approved the country’s commitment to the principles and recommendations of the International Code for the Protection of Tourists issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the code will be used as a guide for tourism institutions, and its principles will be applied.

BRICS Membership

The UAE has recently joined the global economic bloc BRICS. The country is keen to build economic bridges with diverse blocs around the world and maintain global economic relations.

The Ministry of Finance, in partnership with the Central Bank, has been chosen to represent the UAE and follow up on its participation in the various working groups within the financial track of the BRICS group.

Digital Transformation

The country has a futuristic vision for governance, continually integrating the latest technology in government operations.

The meeting saw the adoption of a general framework for sustainable government digital transformation. A charter for the use of artificial intelligence (AI), ensuring compliance with safety and privacy standards, was also adopted.

Earlier, as a first step, Dubai appointed 22 Chief AI Officers across different government entities as part of Sheikh Mohammed's vision to "position Dubai as a global hub in developing and deploying AI solutions."

The appointment of the officers was approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

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