ABU DHABI, 28th February, 2018 (WAM) — During the tenth session of the third ordinary session of the 16th legislative chapter of the Federal National Council, FNC, which was held today, the Council has called for increasing the budget of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, to enable it to co-ordinate with the private sector, local foundations and the community, provide the highest levels of quality and protection when implementing its projects, develop plans and programmes to co-operate and co-ordinate with relevant ministries, and complete its projects within specified deadlines.
The session was attended by Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development.
During the session, which saw a discussion on the ministry’s policies, the FNC redirected its recommendations to the Islamic Affairs, Endowments and Public Facilities Committee for redrafting.
The FNC discussed this topic through several pillars – the ministry’s infrastructure development strategy, its compliance with the UAE Vision 2021, its technical specifications for constructing and maintaining federal buildings and residential complexes, and the co-ordination between the ministry and relevant authorities responsible for planning, designing and implementing federal building and residential complex projects.
Marwan bin Ghalaita, First Deputy to the FNC Speaker, stated that the FNC has praised the achievements of the housing sector, as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The UAE government, led by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has also approved a plan to build 7,200 houses for UAE nationals in various emirates, at a total cost of AED7.2 billion, which will be delivered to beneficiaries over the next three years, and will boost the percentage of citizens who own their own houses to 80 percent, he added.
The subsequent comments of FNC members focussed on issues that included the goals of the country’s residential complex system up to 2020, the houses that have been replaced as part of the UAE President Initiatives Committee, the preventive maintenance challenges facing the ministry, the technical standards and specifications adopted by the ministry for building residential complexes and government buildings, and assessing the environmental impact of its new or current projects to ensure their sustainability.