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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Dubai Ruler sets sights on a world-leading city

As part of a plans to place Dubai ahead of other cities by 10 years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the 10X initiative on Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launches Dubai 10X at the World Government Summit on Tuesday. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launches Dubai 10X at the World Government Summit on Tuesday. Wam

DUBAI // As part of a plan to place Dubai ahead of other cities by 10 years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the 10X initiative on Tuesday.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai called on the emirate’s government to use all available technologies to deliver new or existing services in radically different ways.

“We want Dubai government to come up with three innovative ideas annually, think outside of the box,” said Sheikh Mohammed on the final day of the World Government Summit at Madinat Jumeirah.

“We have an energy strategy for 2050 and we slashed expenditures to Dh600 billion through proactive planning.”

Sheikh Mohammed said Dubai was the emirate least affected by the decrease in oil prices because of its diverse economy and ambitions to think of the future.

“Today, we don’t only plan for the next few years for Dubai, but also for the next decades,” he said. “The future will not be as patient with us as the present. The future belongs to those who affect radical changes, not those who make minor, gradual improvements.”

Sheikh Mohammed said the 10X initiative was to position Dubai as a leader in innovation ahead of other cities.

“As we launch Dubai 10X here, at the World Government Summit, we are looking to overhaul the way governments operate, making them all the more future-ready.”

Sheikh Mohammed went on to say that he would be personally following up on reports prepared by government departments to redefine their work and establish the UAE as the city of the future.

He also announced that his new book addressing leadership, management and happiness will be released in the coming days.

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae