UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed plans for national strategy in post Covid-19 era

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is looking beyond the coronavirus pandemic to developing a national strategy for the post Covid-19 era for the Emirates. 

He called on government officials to collaborate with experts and establish short-term and long-term policies and strategies, to reactivate the country’s economy.

"A whole new world is waiting for us and this new world needs new tools and new priorities. Our country will be ready and we will recover very soon," said Sheikh Mohammed.

In a series of tweets about a virtual cabinet meeting that he chaired, he shared that directives were issued to hold intensive meetings at federal and local levels to identify development objectives and upcoming agendas. 

“We aim to assess how the world will look like post-COVID-19. Our financial and human resources need to be redirected. Our healthcare, food and economic security needs to be further solidified through new programmes and projects,” he tweeted. 

Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation were among those who attended the virtual meeting. 

A task force has been set up under the Ministry of Energy and  Industry, to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the UAE healthcare sector. Sheikh Mohammed stressed on an emergency plan for the medical industries sector to make it responsive to rapid changes as part of looking beyond Covid-19.  

A number of decisions and legislations aimed at establishing a national framework for economic growth were approved at the meeting. 

Meanwhile Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates was briefed by  Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management on COVID-19 updates. 

At a virtual meeting that he chaired, Sheikh Hamdan was given the results of the relaxation of the 24-hour movement restrictions in Dubai amid stringent precautionary measures. 

In his tweet Sheikh Hamdan congratulated research teams for the, “ the scientific leaps our country has made in our mission to combat COVID-19”. 

He was referring to the more than 350 Medical and biotechnology companies based out of Dubai Science Park who have made significant contribution to the UAE’s ongoing efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve. 

The Ministry of Health and Prevention's (MOHAP) latest update of COVID-19 in the UAE declared the total cases as 14,163 with 564 new cases confrimed yesterday.