Higher Committee for Development and Citizen Affairs’ first meeting
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Council, chaired the first meeting of the ‘Higher Committee for Development and Citizen Affairs’ as instructed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed has approved a 58% increase in financial support for citizens with limited income compared to 2021, to AED 438 million. The amount will be distributed to beneficiaries registered with the Community Development Authority (CDA) as well as new beneficiaries.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s priority was to provide the best quality of life for our citizens, the best environment for raising our families and the best economic opportunities for our youth.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed added: “The Higher Committee for Development and Citizen Affairs will present a comprehensive vision for the social sector to His Highness the Ruler of Dubai within 60 days. Our social sector is a priority in the coming period.”
His Highness called on all government agencies to focus on this vital sector. He also called on all economic and commercial activities to participate in its development. “The social sector is the most important sector in the coming period. All government agencies should focus on this vital sector. I urge all economic and commercial entities to participate in its development,” he added.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed’s statement was delivered at the inaugural meeting of the “Higher Committee for Development and Citizen Affairs”, which reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop the emirates in Dubai in line with a comprehensive approach that includes ensuring long-term social, family and demographic stability and improving the quality of life of citizens in all aspects.
His Highness approved a 42% increase in financial benefits for low-income citizens this year to reach a total of around AED 394 million.
According to the additional needs of families, the increase ranges from 20% to 67%, depending on the situation. The aim is to support more families with elderly breadwinners, widows and divorced women.
As for families with a young working-age breadwinner under the age of 40, amounts have been earmarked for inclusion in the Dubai Financial Empowerment Programme to support their financial independence.
During its meeting, the committee approved seven aspects of work involving 10 government entities, in addition to a comprehensive plan for the social sector within two months. It will also develop an integrated platform that will focus on all services provided to citizens in Dubai.
The Higher Committee will immediately start developing model neighbourhoods for citizens in Dubai, starting with Al Majar 1, Al Khawanij 2, Al Barsha 2 and Hatta, in addition to an integrated plan for rural and remote areas.
The Committee is also working on a comprehensive plan to improve the standard of living and quality of life in rural and residential neighbourhoods, in addition to a set of initiatives and development policies to meet the needs of retirees in Dubai by providing them with economic opportunities.
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