ABU DHABI, 27th February, 2018 (WAM) — The ranking of the UAE first globally in as many as 50 indices related to vital community, services and development sectors by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2017-18 reflects the strength and determination of the country to shine and win on all fronts, a UAE newspaper has commented.
“The UAE is a model state with a visionary leadership whose primary goal is ensuring the happiness of the people,” said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Tuesday.
“The country has become an economic and political force in the region and the world especially because it has made a head start in studying the future and its implications.
“The latest achievement is certainly a realisation of the UAE’s long-term sustainable development goals and strategic policies, as well as its plans to keep pace with the latest government administrative practices. It is also working to improve the performance of its human resources and confront ongoing challenges by finding innovative solutions, which has enhanced its stature as a leading regional and international economy, and has allowed it to export its model of sustainable development around the region,” it added.
The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has well explained the secret behind the success story: “In 2007, after launching our first federal strategy, we took on our number one global challenge to develop the work of our government authorities and attain the first position internationally. Today, in front of me, is a report about the UAE’s leading position in 50 international development indices.”
The paper said that the UAE is now in first place in the quality of government decisions, the government’s ability to adapt to changes, the effectiveness of government spending, and the partnership between the public and private sectors, as well as in administrative practices, the digital transformation of companies, and adopting technology.
“The UAE also leads globally in terms of tolerance towards foreigners in three international reports, as well as in the lowest number of labour disputes, property rights between genders, the lowest number of violent crimes, information security, road quality and tourism infrastructure,” it added.
As Sheikh Mohammed outlined, “Our goal is to lead globally in all areas, and our development is advancing daily, while competition will only increase our excellence.”
The Sharjah-based daily concluded by saying, “Whatever the UAE does, it does with a touch of class and fortitude. It’s thus not surprising that the country’s ability to score high in varied fields is by now well recognised by the world community.”