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Dubai Ruler publishes ‘The Fifty-Year Charter’

A new charter will be launched in January each year

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched 'The Fifty-Year Charter', a document that represents his "pledge and promise, on behalf of myself and the ruling family of Dubai", of the initiatives to be undertaken to "improve the quality of life, develop the community of Dubai, and ensure the future of generations to come".

The Charter is an annual document that marks the 50th anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed assuming his first official post. He looks forward to maintaining "a city governed by law and bound by the spirit of compassion, love, harmony and tolerance. A prosperous city where future generations achieve their dreams and aspirations."

The document is divided into nine articles in order to facilitate implementation, follow-up and accountability. It does not replace the government's strategies, but includes some aspects of the Ruler's vision for "the future city of Dubai and the life we wish to maintain for everyone living in this community".

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also said he would release The Fifty-Year Charter on January 4 each year to announce exceptional projects in Dubai.

The nine articles of the Charter, "which I will personally observe" and will be overseen by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, are:

Article One: Dubai Silk Road

Dubai is destined to be a crossroads between East and West, and between North and South. We have the largest international airport in the world. It connects us with more than 200 cities. Over the next 10 years, more than one billion passengers will pass through our airports. Worldwide, we operate around 80 ports that are connected to hundreds of cities. Our next goal is to build our own Silk Road in cooperation with our friendly neighbors who share our vision. Our region has historically been a region of civilization and trade, and this role must be restored. We will seek to build an international cooperation to support these aspirations.

Article Two: A Geo-Economic Map for Dubai

In the coming phase we will work to develop a geo-economic map for the city of Dubai and set up specialized, integrated economic zones in the whole city. Each geo-economic sector in the city will have its own council, which manages and markets it. Each geographical sector will have its own economic and investment goals. We will monitor the achievement of these goals with transparency. A Governor will be appointed for each economic zone to oversee the achievement of its goals, as well as its progress and success.

Article Three: First Virtual Commercial City

Dubai will lead the establishment of the first virtual commercial city in the region that grants commercial licenses without having to reside in Dubai. The city will allow investors to open bank accounts and grant e-residencies according to best international laws and regulations. We aim to have 100,000 companies in the virtual city.

Article Four: A Central Education File for Every Citizen

We aim to develop a centralized education database for every citizen to document all the academic degrees obtained, classes and training taken, and conferences attended. This will help us design customized educational plans for our citizens that suit their personal skills. We aim to build an educational and learning system that explores and develops people’s skills. Our goal for our citizens is to have a life-long learning so they can continue to improve their skills and capacities to adapt to the rapid global changes in the world.

Article Five: A Doctor to Every Citizen

We aim to provide citizens with medical consultations 24/7 through hundreds of thousands of doctors, specialists and medical consultants across the globe. This will be facilitated by smart government application. Our goal is to transform the medical system to bring doctors closer to individuals, enhance awareness, and utilize top medical minds globally to serve the health of our citizens.

Article Six: Free Economic and Creative Zones in Universities

Dubai’s foundation is rooted in trade. We will announce our public and private universities as free zones that allow students to carry out business and creative activities, make these activities part of the education and graduation system, and shape integrated economic and creative zones around the universities. These zones will support students with education, research and funding during the launch of their projects. We want our universities to not only graduate students, but also create companies and employers.

Article Seven: Self-sufficiency in Dubai Homes

We will develop an integrated program to build a comprehensive system that allows at least a tenth of our citizens’ homes to be self-sufficient in terms of water, food and energy. The achievement of this goal will help change lifestyles and contribute to the preservation of our environment. We aim to create a new economic sector that supports energy, water and food self-sufficiency in the houses of Dubai, for at least a month, to be increased later.

Article Eight: Cooperative Companies in Various Sectors

This is a long-term program, that aims to provide new sources of income to our citizens, improve the quality of some services through privatization, and establishing cooperative companies owned by citizens in a number of vital sectors.

Article Nine: Annual Growth in Philanthropy

Our daily businesses and projects should not let us forget about giving to those who need help. We pledge to increase philanthropic initiatives every year and grow them by at least an equal percentage of our annual economic growth. Charity is indeed a major factor in the happiness of societies and the continuity of progress and prosperity.