H.H. Sheikh Mohammed issues new law for Dubai's Executive Council

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In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Law No. (26) of 2023.

The law outlines the objectives of The Executive Council (TEC) of Dubai, which include implementing the leadership’s vision to foster a thriving society, addressing the needs of citizens, boosting the involvement of citizens in key sectors, and promoting sustainability and the well-being of the community.

The Council is tasked with accelerating Dubai's economic progress, enhancing its standing among leading cities of the world and advancing its position on global competitiveness indices.

Its other responsibilities include fostering a supportive environment for various initiatives and enhancing Dubai's preparedness for the future while further enhancing its capability to navigate challenges and changes in various domains.

The Council is also responsible for assisting the Ruler of Dubai in managing strategic affairs, endorsing public policies of the emirate and overseeing the implementation of strategic plans and submitting them to the Ruler for approval.

Other responsibilities of The Council include ensuring the continuous improvement of government performance, tracking the progress of projects and initiatives approved by the Dubai Government, and approving the creation or revamp of government entities before submitting proposals to the Ruler of Dubai for final approval.

The new law outlines the process for appointing the Chairman of The Executive Council, stipulating that it is to be carried out via a decree issued by His Highness the Ruler of the Emirate.

Additionally, the law defines the responsibilities of the Council’s Chairman, detailing the selection processes for Vice Chairpersons, the Secretary General of The Council, and its members. Moreover, it specifies the duties of the Chairman, Vice Chairpersons, and members of the Council.

Law No. (26) of 2023 also forms the ‘Strategic Affairs Council’ as an affiliate of The Executive Council.

The Strategic Affairs Council is tasked with reviewing and approving plans aimed at developing and improving overall government performance.

This involves raising performance standards across diverse strategic sectors, monitoring relevant global competitiveness indicators for Dubai, and presenting essential plans to enhance the emirate's global standing to The Executive Council for approval, among other roles.

Law No. (26) of 2023 also outlines the authority of the President of the Strategic Affairs Council as well as the operational processes for both The Executive Council of Dubai and the Strategic Affairs Council.

The General Secretariat

The Law stipulates the establishment of a General Secretariat for The Executive Council comprising a Secretary General and one or more deputies, alongside a team of experienced and specialised staff with varied expertise.

The Law empowers the General Secretariat to provide support and assistance to The Executive Council, the Strategic Affairs Council, as well as any councils, committees or working groups formed by them to aid their decision-making process.

The General Secretariat is also tasked with offering insights on federal and local legislative projects forwarded by relevant government entities.

This is to ensure their complete alignment with adopted strategies and policies. Furthermore, the General Secretariat will present an annual report to both The Executive Council and the Strategic Affairs Council, detailing the outcomes of the Dubai Strategic Plan.

It will also oversee programmes dedicated to excellence and leadership in government operations while actively contributing to the enhancement of government performance, among others.

Law No. (26) of 2023 outlines the process for appointing the Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai, which is to be carried out through a decree issued by His Highness the Ruler of the Emirate upon the recommendation of the Chairman of The Executive Council.

The Law also sets the competencies of the Secretary General of the Council.

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