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UAE to Assess Impact of Laws, Ensuring Equal Application for Citizens and Expatriates in UAE

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on February 6, 2024, 12:36:05


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Dubai’s economic metamorphosis is nearing completion. Shedding its oil-dependent past, the UAE is on a transformative journey. Its ambitious strategy envisions a diversified, sustainable economy, positioning the nation as a global leader in finance and energy. As the nation strides forward in establishing a sustainable development ecosystem and solidifying its leading role, the UAE is actively streamlining its legal system and simplifying government procedures, paving the way for a thriving, sustainable future.

The latest initiative in this regard is to ensure the equal application of laws to one and all and review them if necessary, by assessing the impact of laws on all segments of society, including investors, citizens, expatriates, and special groups. The aim is to apply laws equally to all and review them if necessary.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday said that the UAE is a global nation with laws that reflect its global perspective. “Its transparency is well-established, and enforcement of the rule of law will remain a major priority,” he posted on Platform X. This was declared as he chaired the UAE Cabinet meeting.

As part of this initiative, a new platform has been launched to document all laws, federal decrees, regulations, and executive decisions implemented since the UAE’s formation in 1971. This platform serves as a unified and comprehensive resource, offering access to over 1000 laws and regulations in Arabic and English. The public can freely access the platform, and specialists are encouraged to share their opinions on existing laws while providing suggestions for upcoming legislation.
“The goal is to consolidate government transparency and ensure that our legal and legislative environment is among the best in the world,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed added.
The new platform boasts an advanced search engine, facilitating seamless, flexible, and prompt access to legislation.

ZGB Initiative

Recently, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated the Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme (ZGB). The initiative aims to eliminate 2,000 government procedures and streamline bureaucratic processes within one year. The ZGB programme, focused on eliminating redundant government procedures and requirements, was introduced in the presence of 30 federal government entities. He also announced a reward of Dh1 million for government employees or teams demonstrating exceptional efforts in eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic procedures.

The Cabinet meeting also approved the 'Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.' The policy is designed to establish national guidelines for Research and Development, addressing key national challenges. The revised policy focuses on six primary areas for research and development, namely energy transition, health and human prosperity, food security, water security, digital technology and cybersecurity, along with advanced materials and manufacturing.

The UAE's national policy is set to prioritise advancements in solar energy, hydrogen production and storage, as well as healthcare initiatives targeting cardiovascular disorders, syndromes, and cancer sciences.

Environmental concerns, particularly in fishing and aquaculture, will also be a key focus, along with sustainable food production technology, and the development of a sustainable desalination sector, water recycling, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, cybersecurity, and industrial sectors related to 3D printing and smart materials.

Additionally, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has given approval for the 'National Policy for Improving Women's Health' in the UAE. This policy aims to ensure the delivery of top-quality healthcare services for women, encompassing curative, preventive, and rehabilitative services. Collaboration between government and private sectors is emphasised to promote health research, fostering an environment that prioritises women's health throughout the country.

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