Hamdan, Maktoum review road map for D33 agenda

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The Sheikhs also reviewed the first ten transformational projects of the D33…reports Asian Lite News

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, in the presence of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, reviewed the roadmap for implementing the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ and its first ten transformational projects.

They underscored the importance of achieving the ambitious Dh32 trillion target of the D33 over the next ten years during a meeting of senior Dubai Government officials at The Museum of the Future. D33 aims to double the size of Dubai’s economy over the next decade and consolidate its position among the top three global cities..

The Sheikhs also reviewed the first ten transformational projects of the D33. The 10-year D33 strategy seeks to establish Dubai as the world’s safest and most connected city and a preferred destination for major international companies and investments. D33 aims to make Dubai a global digital economy leader, the fastest-growing and most attractive global business centre, a centre for sustainability and economic diversification, and an incubator and enabler of talented nationals.

“The announcement of D33 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed further consolidates Dubai’s development journey,” said Sheikh Hamdan. “We are ready to start implementing His Highness’ vision immediately. 2033 will mark 200 years since the foundation of Dubai. We aim to make Dubai a global role model that can help realise people’s dreams and offer them the world’s best standard of living.”

Key priorities

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed said that growing foreign trade and attracting more foreign direct investment (FDI), enhancing Dubai’s financial status, and encouraging youth to participate in new economic sectors are key priorities of the D33 agenda. “All sectors, including logistics, digital, legal, financial, and infrastructure, need to think out of the box during the next ten years. Our ambitions today are much higher than before,” His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed said.

Ambitious targets

The value of the overall target set by the D33 is AED32 trillion by 2033. The Agenda will drive sustainable economic growth through innovative approaches. It sets ambitious goals, including raising the total value of foreign trade from AED14.2 trillion in the past ten years to AED25.6 trillion and adding 400 cities as key trade partners during the next decade. The Agenda includes a programme to support the growth of 30 companies in new sectors to become unicorns and integrate 65,000 young Emiratis into the workforce and the private sector.

The first set of projects of D33 includes Sandbox Dubai, which aims to make Dubai a significant hub for incubating business innovation by enabling the testing and marketing of new products and technologies. It also includes the Dubai Traders Project, which will empower a new generation of Dubai traders in various major growth sectors, driving growth in the city’s vibrant trading hub.

The Agenda will include initiatives to empower the Emirati youth with future-ready skills. D33 aims to make Dubai a leading global hub for higher education to ensure that young Emiratis receive the highest quality of education without having to leave the country.

The first phase of the D33 projects includes launching the Dubai Green and Sustainable Industry Plan, which included benchmarking against the latest industry standards, supporting the export of green products, and adopting a framework for trading carbon credits in the Dubai Financial Market.

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