Since its inauguration 50 years ago, the government of Abu Dhabi put planning at its core value. As a result of the detailed plans, the government is today one of the best in the region thanks to its strategic plans and policies, up-to-date legislations, human resources, organisational development, and good governance, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund speaking at a special ceremony organised to mark the 50th anniversary on Monday, 24th October 2016.
”The long journey of achievements of the government of Abu Dhabi over the past 50 years was driven by the vision of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Many milestones have allied together to position Abu Dhabi in a prominent international place with a good reputation and sharp competitive edge,” Sheikh Mohammed added in his statement.
In 1966, Sheikh Zayed – the founding father of the UAE – ensured that the government drew up its first five year plan, following the establishment of its organisational structure. The Dh2.4 billion thorough plan looked at the economic future and set out to establish the basic infrastructure that was needed, said Dr Zaki Nusseibeh, cultural adviser in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs who worked with the late Sheikh Zayed on the original plan. Initially, he added, Abu Dhabi was a developing village, which had no roads, no electricity and no water. There was only one school in Abu Dhabi, one clinic in Al Ain and there was one hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Comparing the then Abu Dhabi with what commenced, the government went well beyond its first plan. It built a network of roads to link Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, other internal roads, an airport, schools, clinics, and a harbour.
Fifty years on, Abu Dhabi is now political powerhouse with an advanced infrastructure that is one of the best in the world and aims to achieve Abu Dhabi’s vision in maintaining a safe and secure society and building a sustainable, diverse and open economy.
Abu Dhabi’s government has two concurrent plans in place to improve the Emirate for the 21st century, following its great success to today. One plan is Vision 2030 which will transform into a knowledge-based economy, to promote Abu Dhabi in a post-oil era and increase non-oil trade. The other plan is the less longer term plan for Vision 2021 The Vision in which Abu Dhabi is set to increase tourism, offer business opportunities and finance sector growth. Abu Dhabi’s government aims to increase provision in medicine, the arts, space and oil production, as well as renewable energy.
Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Chairman of the Executive Office said: “”The progress of nations is measured by the efficiency of governments. Thanks to the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the government of Abu Dhabi is among the leading governments in the world,”
These Abu Dhabi plans serve as an interim step towards ensuring that the Abu Dhabi government achieves the Emirate’s vision, through stipulating priorities and resolving the challenges faced today. The plans also provide a strong thrust towards excellence in government work and coordinating all efforts towards meeting the objectives established by the plans.
“The Government of Abu Dhabi is constantly seeking to elevate performance standards and to achieve excellence in providing quality services”, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region.