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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid: Arab world has too many politicians and faces 'crisis' of management

Vice President and Ruler of Dubai criticises 'a corruption of morals and a waste of resources' in the region

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid last week said government department managers must work to improve workplace satisfaction among employees. Courtesy Dubai Government Media Office
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid last week said government department managers must work to improve workplace satisfaction among employees. Courtesy Dubai Government Media Office

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has criticised a culture of mismanagement in parts of the Arab world and said too many of the region's resources are not properly used.

In a series of posts on his official Twitter account on Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed said “we have surplus politicians in the Arab world but we have a lack of administrators".

"We have a crisis of management, not a crisis of resources," he said.

He went on to say that "great accomplishments speak for themselves" while others prefer "empty speeches with meaningless words".

Sheikh Mohammed also cited Japan as a country with limited natural resources but with a strong and efficient economy.

"There are countries rich in oil, gas, water and human capital but lack development and even unable to offer basic services, such as roads and electricity, for their own people," he said, without referring to any states by name.

He also said: "A politician’s true job is to...facilitate people's lives, and solve crises... not create them.”

Sheikh Mohammed often shares his thoughts under the theme of 'life has taught me'.

Last summer, in a post on LinkedIn, he wrote of how "the world waits for no one - those who do not learn and evolve can stumble and often fall".

"Some governments live in the past, many struggle with the present - a few are building the future."

Last week, Sheikh Mohammed publicly criticised 'unacceptable' government employee survey results that showed satisfaction was as low as 60 per cent in five public sector offices.

“These percentages are unacceptable,” he said on Twitter.

“Employee satisfaction is key to customer satisfaction. We are giving the managers of these bodies six months to change the working environment. The government’s most valuable capital is its employees.”

And two years ago, he visited the Land Department and Department of Economic Development for a spot check at the start of the working day to find empty desks when employees should have been working.

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