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Hamdan bin Mohammed directs the development of a comprehensive proactive plan to confront emergency weather conditions in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, has directed officials in Dubai’s government entities to develop a comprehensive proactive plan to confront emergency weather conditions.According to Al-Bayan newspaper His Highness stated today via his official account on “Twitter”: “Today, we have directed officials in Dubai’s government entities to develop a comprehensive proactive plan to confront emergency weather conditions.” He added: “During a meeting with a number of officials responsible for dealing with the recent weather situation we witnessed in the past few days, I followed up on the progress of work and efforts made by various entities during this exceptional circumstance.” His Highness continued: “We are confident in Dubai’s ability to benefit from this experience, and the safety of every citizen, resident, and visitor remains our top priority. May God protect you and protect Dubai and our dear country.” Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Day 175 Update: “Israeli Missiles Kill Dozens In Gaza” | – IMEMC News

On Thursday, the Israeli army continued bombing and shelling various parts of the devastated Gaza Strip, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, including many women and children. In Jabalia, in northern Gaza, the army fired a missile at a mosque, killing one woman and wounding many Palestinians. |Earlier Article: Day 175 of Israeli Assault on Gaza: Hospital Invasions, Airstrikes, Executions| Medical sources said twelve Palestinians were killed and many were injured, including women and children, when the army fired a missile at a home for the Moammar family, south of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources have confirmed the death of a child, 6, at Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza, due to severe malnutrition and the lack of medical supplies. They added that Kamal Adwan has many children hospitalized due to being injured and as a result of malnutrition, including a six-month newborn, who suffered severe malnutrition and dehydration. Nurse Ahmad Al-Ali said the hospital has many patients, especially newborns and mothers, and children, who have severe malnutrition, and added that the unfortunate outcome is the many who have already died and the ones dying right, as the hospital urgently needs essential medical supplies, food, and water. Video By Al-Jazeera – Al-Maghazi refugee camp One of the new patients that were rushed to the hospital in a newborn girl, only 2 months, suffering severe malnutrition and is in a serious condition. Medical staff say that “large numbers” of starving children keep arriving each day to a hospital in northern Gaza: “The end result of those cases is death.” pic.twitter.com/Tk5y2rkbgi — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 28, 2024 In Gaza City, the army fired many missiles at homes and a residential tower in the Nasr neighborhood, west of Gaza City, and the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood, south of the city, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, including women and children. In addition, the army fired many shells at homes around the Shifa Medical Center, west of Gaza City, especially the Rimal neighborhood, causing serious damage and many casualties. The army also injured several Palestinians in the southern area of the Shati’ refugee camp, in Gaza City, wounding several Palestinians. Furthermore, the army fired barrages of missiles at homes and buildings in the Nusseirat and the Al-Maghazi refugee camps, in central Gaza, killing many Palestinians, including eight in Al-Maghazi, and wounding dozens, in addition to burying many Palestinians under the rubble. In Rafah, in the southmost part of the Gaza Strip, Israeli missiles killed at least seven Palestinians, and injured dozens injured in residential in the city. Israel has now killed at least 32.552, and injured more than 74.980, largely women, children, and elderly, in addition to the thousands of Palestinians who remain missing, largely buried under the rubble of bombarded homes and buildings in several parts of the Gaza Strip, since October 7, 2023.

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Updated: Israeli Army Abducts 31 Palestinians in the West Bank | – IMEMC News

Israeli forces abducted, on Thursday, at least thirty-one Palestinians, including a child, in several regions of the occupied West Bank, after storming many citizens’ homes. Jenin Before dawn on Thursday, Israeli forces invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp from several directions, stormed many citizens’ homes, and abducted one Palestinian young man. Media sources said that several military vehicles, including bulldozers, stormed the city and its camp, while an infantry squad was deployed in the camp and on its outskirts, and sharpshooters were deployed on the rooftops of buildings. The invading army besieged the home of Samer Al-Fayed, and called over a loudspeaker demanding that he surrender himself and threatening to bomb his home. The young man subsequently exited the home while soldiers abducted him, amid protests from local Palestinians. Tulkarem In the northwestern part of the West Bank, several occupation vehicles invaded the city of Tulkarem, before dawn, while soldiers broke into and ransacked the homes of Jamal Hadayda, 56, and Uday Abu Sheikha, before abducting them. Nablus On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers abducted a young man, Atheer Raed Abu Saif, after storming and searching his home in the town of Sebastia, northwest of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Later, the army stormed an equestrian club in the town of Beit Furik, southeast of Nablus, and abducted two unidentified Palestinian young men. On Thursday night, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian farmers, Hassan Firas Abu Lahiya, Othman Zahi Bani Minya, and Musa Atta Rayhan, in the town of Aqraba, southeast of the city, before soldiers abducted them. Jericho In the Jordan Valley, occupation forces closed the entrances to the city of Jericho and the town of Al-Auja, north of the city, while stopping and searching vehicles, amid the overhead flight of a military helicopter. Media sources added that on Monday morning, occupation forces assaulted and abducted the two brothers, Sharif and Afif Jalal Rashaida, and Sanad Ali Rashaida, while they were herding sheep in the “Ras al-Auja” area, north of Jericho. Salfit In the predawn hours of Thursday, the army invaded the village of Sarta, northwest of Salfit in the central West Bank, and stormed several citizens’ homes, and hurled concussion grenades at citizens. After breaking into and ransacking his home, soldiers abducted the young man, Ayman Ibrahim Al-Khatib, 28 in the village. Ramallah Northwest of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, Israeli forces invaded, in the morning, the town of Deir as-Sudan, and abducted Mohammad Na’el Mohammad Shehadeh, 21, Mahmoud Fares Abed, 19, and Izz al-Din Fares Abed, 18, after storming and searching their homes. Meanwhile, west of Ramallah, the army abducted the young man, Mohammad Daoud Sabti Khawaja, 30, from the town of Ni’lin. In the afternoon, several undercover Israeli agents kidnapped two unidentified Palestinian young men in the village of Turmus Ayya, northeast of Ramallah. Occupied Jerusalem Undercover Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian child, 10, in Ras Al-Amoud in occupied Jerusalem, and took him to to a police station in Jerusalem, before he was released a few hours later. Before dawn on Thursday, a large army force invaded the town of Abu Dis, east of occupied Jerusalem, fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear gas canisters at citizens, and abducted the two brothers, Maher and Ahmed Bahr. Hebron In the southern West Bank, Israeli soldiers abducted several Palestinians, including a child, after invading their homes in the Hebron governorate. North of Hebron, Israeli forces stormed and ransacked the homes of Ibrahim Amer Abu Jouda, 19, Tariq Riyad Arar, 19, and Mahdi Ahmed Barbarawi, 24, before abducting them in Beit Ummar town. Meanwhile, northeast of the city, soldiers abducted Ahmad Shehdeh Ayida, Baha Ahmad Al-Halayqa, and Abd al-Rahman Musa Jaradat, in the towns of Sa’ir and Ash-Shuyukh. Before dawn, a large army force stormed the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, invaded several citizens’ homes, sparking protests. Soldiers fired live rounds, concussion grenades, and tear gas canisters without inflicting any injuries, and abducted Bashar Jibril Al-Karma, his son, the child, Montaser, 15, and Murad Ibrahim Abu Aram. South of the city, the army abducted the young man, Ali Ibrahim Etaimat from the town of Yatta. It was added that the army broke into many citizens’ homes in the town of Bani Na’im, east of Hebron, without any reports of arrests. In the occupied West Bank’s northern plains, illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizers burnt fruits and vegetables stands near Ein Al-Baida and Bardala villages. ___ According to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Israeli forces have abducted 7,845 Palestinians since the beginning of the military onslaught against the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023. In related news, occupation forces abducted six more Palestinians in the Hebron governorate, on Thursday.

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Businesses from the Middle East and Eurasia account for 32% of SMEs attracted by Dubai International Chamber during 2023

Dubai International Chamber, one of the three chambers operating under the umbrella of Dubai Chambers, has revealed that 32% of the total number of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) attracted to Dubai during 2023 were from the Middle East and Eurasia, with Asia and Australia following close behind at 29%. The growing number of SMEs setting up in Dubai from countries around the world underlines the emirate’s importance as a key global hub for trade and investments. The figures highlight the diverse range of SMEs from various nationalities and markets that the chamber has attracted to Dubai through its network of international representative offices around the world. Latin America and Europe accounted for 26% of the total number of SMEs attracted during 2023, while African markets represented 13% of the total. The chamber also revealed that 17% of these SMEs operate within the trade and logistics sector. Additionally, 13% operate in the IT sector, specialising in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, and software. The food and agricultural sector ranked third, accounting for 10% of the total number of SMEs attracted. Healthcare and pharmaceuticals followed with 9% of the total, while the public services sector came fifth, representing 7% of the SMEs attracted. The financial services sector, which includes banking, asset and wealth management, fintech, insurance, and consulting firms, ranked sixth at 6%. Real estate companies ranked seventh in terms of SMEs attracted, representing 4% of the total. The retail, fashion, travel, hospitality, and tourism sectors also accounted for 4% of the SMEs attracted. Commenting on the figures, His Excellency Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah, President and CEO of Dubai Chambers, emphasised Dubai’s reputation on the global stage as a destination for high-value investments. His Excellency stated that Dubai’s competitiveness stems from the wise and forward-thinking vision of its leadership, the emirate’s business-friendly environment, and the ongoing development of services, together with favourable legislation, and the diverse range of investment opportunities available. His Excellency added: “Our network of international representative offices in key global markets has effectively promoted Dubai’s business community and highlighted the emirate’s value for companies seeking global expansion. We remain dedicated to contributing to the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33), with a primary focus on attracting foreign direct investments in both traditional and emerging sectors.” Dubai International Chamber successfully attracted 104 SMEs to the emirate during 2023, achieving a remarkable year-over-year (YoY) growth rate of 550%. This impressive increase reflects the chamber’s ongoing contribution to achieving the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33), which aims to double the size of the emirate’s economy over the coming decade and consolidate Dubai’s position among the top three global cities. The total number of international representative offices operated by the Dubai International Chamber currently stands at 31 following the launch of 16 new offices in 2023. This growing network comes as part of the ‘Dubai Global’ initiative, which seeks to establish 50 representative offices worldwide by 2030 to support efforts to attract international investments and companies to Dubai. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Day 171: Siege on Hospital Continues; Dozens Killed by Israeli Bombs | – IMEMC News

Israeli troops continued their bombardment of civilian areas in northern, central and southern Gaza on Monday for the 171st straight day of what many world leaders and the International Court of Justice have termed a genocide. The Israeli siege of al-Shifa Hospital entered its seventh straight day, with reports emerging of torture, mass executions, rape and desecration of the bodies of murdered Palestinians. The death toll has reached 32,226 Palestinians killed and 74,518 injured over the past 171 days. Local sources have reported that Israeli forces are now besieging al-Amal Hospital and al-Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Testimonies from people who survived Shifa hospital & the vicinity are absolutely horrific. Soldiers using civilians & the injured they displace for target practice, tanks crushing fleeing civilians, torturing & urinating on civilians, executions, raping women & burning buildings pic.twitter.com/bQqX5WVMSG — Nour Odeh

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Israeli Forces Abduct 16 Palestinians in the West Bank | – IMEMC News

On Sunday and before dawn Monday, Israeli forces invaded various regions of the occupied West Bank, and abducted at least sixteen Palestinians. Jenin In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces abducted a Palestinian citizen of the Jenin governorate, Anas Bashir Rafiq Sadaqa, when he attempted to pass through a military roadblock near Nablus, on Sunday night. Late Sunday night, Israeli soldiers invaded the town of Silat ad-Dhahr and the village of Arabbuna, southwest and northeast of Jenin, sparking protests among local Palestinians. It was added that the army also invaded the villages of Deir Ghazaleh, Arrana, Al-Jalamah, Faqqu’a, Jalbun, and Fandaqumiya and conducted search operations. Qalqilia According to Palestine TV, Israeli forces invaded and ransacked the home of Ali Suwaidan, before abducting him in the town of Azzun, east of Qalqilia in the northwestern part of the West Bank. Jericho Before dawn on Monday, occupation forces invaded the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho in the Jordan Valley, stormed many citizens’ homes and interrogated their residents. Qalqilia According to Palestine TV, Israeli forces invaded and ransacked the home of Ali Suwaidan, before abducting him in the town of Azzun, east of Qalqilia in the northwestern part of the West Bank. Ramallah On Sunday at dawn, occupation forces stormed the village of Al-Lubban al-Gharbi, northwest of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, sparking protests. The army broke into and ransacked the homes of Khaled Zaki Hamidi, 30, Maan Riyad Khalil Radi, 23, Khalil Ayed Khalil Radi, 31, and Osama Ayed Khalil Radi, before abducting them. It was added that soldier fired tear gas canisters at those who resisted the incursion; no injuries were reported. On Sunday night, soldiers invaded the town of Beitunia, west of Ramallah, and fired tear gas canisters in the vicinity of the “Al Nahda” School; no injuries were reported. Occupied Jerusalem On Sunday morning, Israeli forces invaded and ransacked the homes of Abdul Rahman Al-Bashiti and Ahmed Najeeb, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem before abducting them. The two young men were then transferred to the Al-Maskobiyya detention center in occupied Jerusalem. On Sunday night, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Qibli prayer hall in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and forcibly evacuated it. Media sources added that the army abducted an unidentified young man near Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate), one of the main gates to the Old City. Bethlehem Occupation forces abducted, on Sunday morning, Ismail Yousef Taqatqa, 37, Alaa Muhammad Mohsen Thawabta, 35, and Nabil Hassan Taqatqa, 23, after storming and searching their homes in Beit Fajjar town, southwest of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank. Furthermore, on Sunday night, the army stormed the town of Husan, west of Bethlehem, which triggered protests from local Palestinian youths. Soldiers forced shops in the “Al-Muteena” area to close and impeded the movement of citizens, while firing tear gas canisters and concussion grenades; no injuries were reported. Hebron Israeli forces invaded and ransacked the homes of Abdel Salam Salaima, Ahmed Dweik, Anas Ghaith, and Bahaa Harbi Maslama, before abducting him in the town of Beit Awwa, west of Hebron in the southern West Bank. Media sources added that occupation forces invaded the towns of Sa’ir northeast of Hebron and Surif to the northwest, and broke into several citizens homes. In the afternoon, occupation forces abducted an unidentified Palestinian man at a military roadblock in the Old City of Hebron. Before dawn on Monday, Israeli forces invaded several citizens’ homes in the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, sparking protests. Soldiers fired live rounds, tear gas canisters, and concussion grenades at those who resisted the incursion without causing injuries. According to the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Israeli forces have abducted 7,755 Palestinians since the beginning of the military onslaught against the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023.

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UAE, Egypt Presidents meet in Cairo to discuss bilateral relations, regional developments

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt met in Cairo today to discuss the close bonds between the UAE and Egypt and ways to expand them further. The two leaders explored opportunities for further collaboration within the framework of the strategic partnership that unites the two countries in the economic, development, and political fields.During their meeting, His Highness and President El-Sisi reviewed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the latest developments in the Middle East. Foremost among these are the ongoing efforts to address the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and alleviate the suffering of its people, by ensuring the urgent, safe, and unimpeded delivery of aid, and through intensified efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire.Both sides emphasised the need for determined international action to support the political process and promote a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace based on the two-state solution, as a way to safeguard regional security and stability.His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and President El-Sisi reaffirmed the depth of relations between the UAE and Egypt, which are characterised by strong ties and mutual respect, alongside a shared interest in further enhancing these relations to meet the mutual aspirations of both countries and their people. The two leaders also expressed their keenness to maintain ongoing consultation and coordination between the UAE and Egypt on all matters serving their common interests and contributing to improved stability, security, and peace, which are considered essential for achieving development and prosperity throughout the region.President El-Sisi hosted an Iftar in honour of the visit of His Highness the President and his accompanying UAE delegation. The meeting and Iftar were attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Mohamed Hassan Al Suwaidi, Minister of Investment; Jassem Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Department of Finance – Abu Dhabi and Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the President’s Office for Strategic Affairs; Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary-General of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC); and Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. From the Egyptian side, the attendees included Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly; Chief of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Major General Abbas Kamel and a number of high-ranking officials. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed was later accompanied to the airport by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who bid farewell to His Highness at the conclusion of his visit to Egypt. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Israeli Colonizers Occupy 20 Residential Sheds Near Hebron | – IMEMC News

On Tuesday, illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizers occupied twenty Palestinian residential sheds in the Al-Mo’arrajat area, northwest of Jericho, in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank. Hasan Mleihat, the supervisor of the Al-Baidar Organization for Defending Bedouin Rights, said in a statement that the colonizers came from several illegal outposts on Palestinian lands, northwest of Jericho. Mleihat added that the colonizers occupied twenty Palestinian residential sheds, owned by Palestinians from the Arab Al-Ka’abna Bedouin community, displaced by Israel in November of 2023. He added that the residential sheds housed families from Arab Al-Ka’abna who lived there since the 1970s, after being originally displaced in 1948. Mleihat stated that the colonizers released their livestock to graze on the Palestinian lands and in the remaining barns. The Palestinians in Al-Mo’arrajat are subject to seriously escalating violations by the soldiers and the paramilitary colonizers who are trying to build and expand their illegal outposts. On Thursday, illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian cars in Wadi Al-Haseen, east of Hebron, while the occupation forces prevented a large number of citizens from reaching their homes. All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law. Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”

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UAE President issues law regulating rehabilitation and correctional centres in Abu Dhabi

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a law regulating rehabilitation and correctional centres in Abu Dhabi, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The law outlines rehabilitation and correctional centres’ general policies in Abu Dhabi, ensuring the protection of inmates’ rights and the delivery of suitable social and cultural rehabilitation. According to the law, punitive and correctional establishments in Abu Dhabi will be renamed rehabilitation and correctional centres. Under the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, rehabilitation and correctional centres’ roles and responsibilities include receiving inmates, identifying appropriate duty of care, and informing inmates on their responsibilities and expected behaviour. Centres’ roles also include the provision of health and social care services to inmates, education and professional training opportunities, and delivery of rehabilitation programmes to reintegrate inmates as effective members of the community. Rehabilitation and correctional centres’ responsibilities further encompass upskilling staff in line with the best international practices, enabling them to achieve their objectives of rehabilitating inmates while ensuring effective economic management across their rehabilitation ecosystem in the emirate. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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Hamdan bin Mohammed approves AED40 billion worth of projects under the public-private partnership model

Department of Finance of Government of Dubai announces diverse portfolio that will help to accelerate the local economy and create new job opportunities in the process – Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh: The vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is for Dubai to become a hub for global economic development and a platform for emerging sectors – The new PPP projects portfolio will cover ten fundamental economic sectors over a three-year period, starting this year During the first meeting of The Executive Council of Dubai since its reconstitution, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, approved a portfolio of public-private partnership (PPP) projects of the Dubai Government valued at AED40 billion. The Department of Finance (DOF) of the Government of Dubai announced the portfolio as part of its PPP strategy. Featuring a wide variety of projects, the new portfolio aims to further enrich cooperation and inspire new collaborations between the public and private sectors in the emirate. Global economic player His Excellency Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, DOF Director General, said: “The ambitious vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is for Dubai to become a strong, vibrant hub for global economic development and a platform for emerging sectors. This vision enabled DOF to identify the best opportunities in the most active economic sectors and to create a portfolio worth AED40 billion of government projects that can be financed, implemented and operated according to the PPP model. “Launching an abundant, strong portfolio of projects is a fundamental pillar of the Government’s PPP strategy, and we are ready to benefit from the success achieved in the previous stages of developing the PPP ecosystem and continue to innovate in financing vital government projects,” he added. “DOF has well positioned Dubai’s PPP ecosystem to become a global innovative destination for governments seeking to finance infrastructure and urban development projects. The government efforts led by DOF have resulted in laying solid foundations for building a comprehensive and integrated system in PPP. We will continue strengthening these foundations and build on them in close cooperation with our partners from government entities and private sector companies, which have the capabilities and expertise and look forward to increasing the positive return on their business,” Al Saleh concluded. Infrastructure boost “Over a three-year period, from 2024-2026, the new PPP projects portfolio will cover ten fundamental economic sectors,” said Arif Abdulrahman Ahli, Executive Director of the Planning and General Budget Sector at DOF. “It will contribute to enhancing economic growth and infrastructure development in Dubai,” he added. “The PPP strategy focuses on the continuous consolidation of the regulatory framework in the emirate. Therefore, DOF has built a comprehensive performance framework (CPF) programme to ensure accurate management of the PPP ecosystem performance,” Ahli observed. The CPF programme for managing the PPP ecosystem performance within the Government of Dubai revolves around five strategic objectives – ensuring compliance with the Public-Private Partnership Law, policies and guidelines throughout the partnership lifecycle; encouraging government entities to adopt the PPP model; encouraging private sector participation in public sector projects; stimulating innovation in project financing, development and operation through private sector participation; and pushing towards the adoption of environment, social and governance practices in the PPP ecosystem. “The CPF will eventually become a central guideline applied by all relevant government entities, with the aim of developing a corporate culture based on results, enhancing efficiency and simplifying the decision-making process, among other improvements, to positively impact project implementation and performance,” Ahli summed up. Importance of PPP ecosystem The PPP ecosystem is gaining great importance in economic development and infrastructure development, said Muna Ahmad Abdulla, Director of the Capital Projects Division at DOF, affirming that partnership projects stimulate the economy and create job opportunities through private sector investments in government infrastructure projects. “PPP projects improve the infrastructure and modern projects implemented in partnership with the private sector ensure the improvement of services provided to citizens and residents, as partnership with the private sector leads to improved efficiency and innovation in service delivery,” said Muna Abdulla. “Private sector financing of infrastructure projects contributes to firming governance and activating the principles of transparency and accountability, given that PPP projects are based on clear contracts and strong monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. In short, PPP projects are a powerful tool for achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of individuals and communities,” she concluded. Digitisation drives partnership In 2023, DOF launched a digital platform for managing projects within the PPP ecosystem. Dubbed DP3, the newly launched digital platform specialises in managing partnership projects implemented under the PPP framework across all stages, namely project identification and evaluation, implementation, and commencing of operations. A world first, the unique platform applies to government entities subject to Law No. (22) of 2015 regulating partnerships between the public and private sectors in the Emirate of Dubai. Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.

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