The Council of Ministers establishes an integrated platform for investments in vital sectors and government building regulations

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, presided over an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the Al-Zawra Nature Reserve in the Emirate of Ajman, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Ministers, Finance Minister and Lieutenant General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Today in the Council of Ministers we approved the launch of an integrated national platform that represents a compass for investment in vital sectors such as financial technology, tourism, manufacturing, renewable energy and the platform, which is supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, identifies opportunities in all sectors.” These sectors are intended for investors of all categories.

His Highness also said: “Today we have approved the national building regulations in the country, which contain sustainability standards for roads, buildings, homes and others… The aim is to reduce the use of natural resources and the environmental footprint and to improve the environmental sustainability standards for building in the UAE.”

His Highness added: “Today we have adopted a decision to increase the efficiency and preparedness of border crossings and free zones, and to improve capabilities and unify procedures and requirements in line with the best international security standards in this area. “

Compass for foreign investors

In detail, the cabinet approved the compass project for foreign investors in the target sectors, which represents an integrated national platform aimed at promoting the investment climate in the UAE and highlighting the country’s capabilities in the target sectors through its salient features of each sector. , highlighting the opportunities and vital investment areas available therein and providing relevant information. The importance of the investment climate and reviewing the preference of the investor when choosing to invest in a specific sector in the UAE, through an electronic platform, guides and promotional tools that represent the foreign investor’s compass in specific sectors, namely: financial technology, agricultural technology, healthcare, education, communication and information technology, media and entertainment, e-commerce, tourism, aerospace, logistics, manufacturing, medical tourism, renewable energy, creative industries, smart cities and other state-level strategic sectors.

– National Building Regulations

The Council also approved the National Building Regulations for the State, which includes sustainability guides for buildings, roads and federal housing, and the National Guide for Building Sustainability for the two pillars of operation and maintenance, to ensure the achievement of strategic outcomes and goals in terms of reducing the use of materials and natural resources by 15%, and reducing the environmental footprint by 5%. , Reducing energy in roads by 45%, Reducing energy in buildings and homes by 25%, Reducing water consumption by 16%, and supporting the green economy, environment and climate change, business operations, quality of life, in addition to the well-being and comfort of the beneficiary of these projects.

Promote a healthy lifestyle

The cabinet also approved the national policy to promote healthy lifestyles in the country, which aims to reduce indicators associated with unhealthy lifestyles, improve the quality of healthy life for the individual and society, creating healthy environments that promote and protect the rights of all persons of all ages, and support capacity building by strengthening structural and institutional capacities, and refocusing human and health systems on the process of preventing diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles , encouraging multisectoral partnerships to ensure effective preventive interventions for problems and diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles, and consolidating the concept of community partnership by raising community members’ awareness of healthy behaviors aimed at a healthy and long to live.

Smart Health initiative

In the context of health projects, the cabinet approved the comprehensive smart health initiative aimed at developing health services in the country through partnership and collaboration between various health agencies of the government and private sector institutions, and developing and updating the rules for the use of modern methods and technologies to provide advanced digital health services, to ensure that the efforts of the state and the efficiency of health authorities are improved and a quantum leap is made in this field, including medical advice and diagnosis, prescribing and dispensing medical products, conducting remote medical interventions, remote medical follow-up and monitoring, and setting controls and conditions for the provision of 100% remote health services.

– Clean Emirates campaign

The Council also approved the launch of the “Clean Emirates” campaign initiative, which coincides with International Volunteer Day, which corresponds to December 5, 2022. The campaign, which is being launched by the Ministry of Community Development and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment for 10 consecutive days and runs until 15 December, aims to involve civil servants, ministers and authorities’ work teams. Federal and local volunteering, by cleaning tourist destinations across the country, in partnership with the Emirates Environmental Group, and the initiative works to enhance the role of federal government employees in supporting the volunteering process and spreading the culture of volunteering, and supporting the environmental dossier, and the state’s efforts to organize the COP28 conference, in addition to participating in the most beautiful campaign winter in the world.

Organize federal government procurements

On the legislative front, the Council approved the enactment of a federal law on the regulation of public procurement, with the aim of regulating the legal framework for public procurement, unifying and regulating public procurement rules and practices across all federal entities, and ensuring that procurement activities and their evaluation are carried out in accordance with the highest standards of quality, standards and sustainable development. And focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and the national economy, and serving the UAE and its agenda aimed at achieving a sustainable economy, based on knowledge, competitiveness and experience.

Housing subsidies

The Council also discussed a detailed study on the monthly income ceiling for requests for housing assistance and grants within the Sheikh Zayed housing program, and proposals submitted to study a number of groups and cases requiring attention for some cases of housing allowances for low-income citizens who do not meet the conditions of loans, and to respond to requests from the category of citizens whose income is increasing. The ceiling for subsidy entitlements, according to criteria and checks to be coordinated with the relevant authorities in this regard.

In government affairs, the cabinet reviewed the recommendations of the Federal National Council regarding the “policy of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection with regard to the promotion of mental health in the country, and the Council approved the budget of both the Federal Tax Office as the budget of the General Pension and Social Security Authority for fiscal year 2023, and the Council also discussed a report from the Ministry of Culture and Youth regarding the National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries 2021-2031, and the report on the performance and operations of the Emirates Investment Authority during the period from 01/01/2022 to 09/30/2022.

The Council also approved the promulgation of a number of government legislation, including a decision regarding ports and free zones in the country, amending the executive regulations regarding credit information services, amending the Cabinet decision regarding the services of the Ministry of Economic Affairs with regard to accountants, and issuing a decision on updating the services of judicial advertisements made through companies and private institutions within the departments of the Ministry of Justice, and the Council approved the issuance of a decision concerning the reorganization of the provision of training and development services by the Emirates Health Services Corporation.

International agreements

With regard to international relations, the Council agreed to ratify an agreement between the Government of the State and each of the Governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga regarding air services between and also approve the ratification of a Protocol amending the Agreement between the Government of the State and the Government of Barbados relating to air services between and beyond their respective territories, and the signing of an Agreement between the Government of the State and the Government of Turkmenistan on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters.

The Council also approved the State’s accession to the Beijing Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts in Relation to International Civil Aviation for the Year 2010, and the State’s accession to the International School Meal Alliance, which aims to support in restoring effective school meals. programs and reaching vulnerable children in low-income countries, which it focuses on. The state aims to strengthen national efforts to support food availability and diversity, and to contribute to food meal programs around the world, through humanitarian and charitable agencies and bodies in the country.

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