PRESSR: Mohammed bin Rashid: The annual meetings of the UAE government are a pause to evaluate ourselves... review our achievements... and diagnose our upcoming priorities to work within the one nation team to achieve the aspirations of our people.


The annual meetings of the UAE government will be held next November 7 in Abu Dhabi

  • Mohammed bin Rashid: Today, I chaired a Cabinet meeting at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, during which we approved the agenda for the annual meetings of the UAE government, which includes ministries, federal bodies, executive councils, local departments, and the 500 most important government figures in the country, which will be held on the seventh of next November. The annual meetings of the UAE government are the national forum. The largest meeting for decision makers in the country. The meetings represent a pause to evaluate ourselves... review our achievements... and diagnose our upcoming priorities for working within the one nation team to achieve the aspirations of our people.

  • Mohammed bin Rashid: We also approved today, during the Cabinet meeting, new policies regarding the federal housing sector in the country, which provide flexibility for the citizen to transfer his government residence, resell it, and mortgage it in the event of a change in the location of his residence or his need for a new residence, in addition to policies related to the flexibility of loans granted to the citizen as part of the development. Continuing the federal housing system for citizens in the country.

  • Mohammed bin Rashid: Today, at the Cabinet meeting, we adopted a decision to regulate the export of aquatic species outside the country in a way that achieves the economic benefit of fishermen in disposing of surplus quantities and finding new sales outlets for them. We also approved a new policy for managing recyclable materials in the country in a way that ensures the benefit of the industrial sector. We especially have recycling plants established within the country.

  • Mohammed bin Rashid: Today, the UAE government also approved the appointment of Thani Al Zeyoudi as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Drug Foundation and his deputy, Dr. Maha Barakat. The new institution is responsible for regulating and licensing all medical, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, cosmetics, biological products, and others. Establishing and managing a national system to track medical products from the factory to the consumer to ensure their quality and preserve the public health of community members.

  • Mohammed bin Rashid: Today, as part of the work of the Council of Ministers, we approved an agreement for the UAE regarding air services with the Islamic Republic of Iran for the two regions and beyond. We also approved an agreement with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council regarding hosting the Gulf Academy for Security and Strategic Studies to be based in the UAE.

Within the agenda of the Cabinet meeting:

  • Adopting initiatives in the field of government housing to provide flexibility in requirements and conditions and support new categories.

  • Adopting controls to regulate the export of aquaculture in a way that achieves the economic benefit of fishermen and the requirements of the local market.

  • Adopting an integrated management policy for recyclable materials in the country to enhance the circular economy.

  • Beginning to implement the procedural policy for professional licensing for school staff.

  • Adopting new governance models to operate and manage a number of schools.

  • Adopting an amendment to federal laws in matters of public health, agricultural quarantine, veterinary quarantine, and organizing and monitoring international trade in endangered animals and plants.

  • Ratifying an agreement to host the headquarters of the Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies in the country.

  • Approval to host the annual meeting of the EBRD Board of Governors and Business Forum in 2026.

United Arab Emirates: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him,” chaired the Cabinet meeting, which was held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE. Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Presidential Court, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Lt. General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said, “Today, I chaired a Cabinet meeting at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, during which we approved the agenda for the annual meetings of the UAE government, which includes ministries, federal bodies, executive councils, local departments, and the 500 most important government figures in the country.” State, which will be held on the seventh of next November... The annual meetings of the UAE government are the largest national forum for decision-makers in the country, and the meetings represent a pause to evaluate ourselves... review our achievements... and diagnose our upcoming priorities to work within the one nation team to achieve the aspirations of our people.”

His Highness said, “We also approved today, during the Cabinet meeting, new policies regarding the federal housing sector in the country, which provide flexibility for the citizen to transfer his government residence, resell it, and mortgage it in the event of a change in the location of his residence or his need for a new residence, in addition to policies related to the flexibility of loans granted to the citizen, as part of continuous development.” For the federal housing system for citizens in the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, “Today, at the Council of Ministers meeting, we adopted a decision to regulate the export of aquatic species outside the country in a way that achieves the economic benefit of fishermen in disposing of surplus quantities and finding new sales outlets for them. We also approved a new policy for managing recyclable materials in the country, including “It ensures that our industrial sector benefits, especially the recycling plants established within the country.”

His Highness added, "Today, the UAE government also approved the appointment of Thani Al Zeyoudi as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Pharmaceutical Corporation and his deputy, Dr. Maha Barakat. The new institution is responsible for regulating and licensing all medical, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, cosmetics, biological products, etc. and establishing and managing a national system for tracking medical products from factory to "to ensure its quality and to preserve the public health of community members."

His Highness said, "We also approved today, within the work of the Council of Ministers, an agreement for the UAE regarding air services with the Islamic Republic of Iran for the two regions and beyond. We also approved an agreement with the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council regarding hosting the Gulf Academy for Security and Strategic Studies to be based in the UAE."

Annual meetings of the UAE government

The annual meetings of the UAE government will be held in its new session for the year 2023 on the seventh of next November, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him,” and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler. Dubai, "may God protect him", in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the meetings begin, which extend over two days according to an integrated agenda, in the presence of the rulers, their crown princes, and more than 500 state leaders and officials in the federal and local governments.

The annual meetings are a prominent national event organized by the UAE government on an annual basis and bring together all federal and local authorities and executive councils to discuss development issues related to the federal and local governments, and review the most important visions for government work in the country leading up to the UAE Centennial 2071.

Establishing the Emirates Pharmaceutical Corporation and forming its board of directors

The UAE government announced the establishment of the Emirates Pharmaceutical Corporation with the aim of consolidating the country's position as a reliable global center for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, enhancing the research and development process in the sector and creating the appropriate environment to attract pharmaceutical investments.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation - which is a federal entity affiliated with the Council of Ministers - is chaired by His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and Dr. Maha Barakat also holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Foundation has an independent legal personality and financial and administrative independence.

The establishment of the institution constitutes a qualitative step in the framework of developing the health sector in the country, which consolidates its position as a regional and global destination in the sectors of health care and advanced pharmaceutical production, and enhances the UAE’s industrial capacity in the areas of development, production and export of high-quality medical and pharmaceutical products at an effective cost in a way that ensures the availability, quality, effectiveness, safety and security of the products. Medical and pharmaceutical, and supports the strengthening of pharmaceutical security in the country.

The Corporation is responsible for regulating and managing medical products in all regions of the country, including medicinal and pharmaceutical products, medical aids, health care products, biological products, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, veterinary preparations, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural conditioners, plant growth regulators, and genetically modified organisms and their products.

The Foundation will be the body responsible for preparing an integrated national framework for pharmaceutical research, clinical and non-clinical studies and trials in accordance with the best international standards and practices, and approving the bodies authorized to conduct, monitor and supervise these researches and experiments. The Corporation is also responsible for issuing licenses to medical product factories and companies, synthetic pharmacies, contractual companies supporting the development and manufacture of medical products, pharmacies, warehouses, warehouses, marketing offices, blood banks, umbilical cord blood and stem cell storage centers, and monitoring these facilities.

It is also within the Corporation’s jurisdiction to issue permits and approvals related to the import, export, re-export, manufacture, sale, distribution, display, possession, circulation, storage and disposal of medical products, including controlled products, semi-controlled products and precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of medical products, in addition to issuing marketing approvals for medical products and licensing their advertisements. Marketing, control and supervision of the extent of compliance with the conditions of permits and approvals issued. The Foundation is the body responsible for preparing and supervising the implementation of the national framework for medical product testing in all its stages, and accrediting, controlling and supervising medical product testing laboratories.

The Foundation is responsible for approving, registering and setting the pricing system for medical products in the country, establishing and managing a national system for tracking and monitoring medical products from the manufacturer until they reach the consumer, and establishing a national database for genomic pharmacology that contributes to the development of more efficient medicines and treatments, and enhances personalized medicine applications in the country. As well as developing the national policy related to determining the levels of strategic stocks of medicines and medical supplies, and following up on its implementation in coordination with the relevant authorities, developing the national pharmacovigilance system and supervising its implementation in a way that ensures the quality, effectiveness and safety of medical products, in addition to proposing financial and non-financial incentives and benefits to enhance the attractiveness of Investment in the medical industries sector.

The Foundation works to implement its specialties related to medical products in the country, with the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, health authorities and relevant authorities.

The housing assistance re-use program and the flexible loan program

As part of the UAE’s efforts to provide the best means of decent living and support the government housing system with integrated solutions that are compatible with the needs of citizens and beneficiaries of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, the Council adopted a decision approving the controls and requirements for re-utilizing the value of housing assistance after implementation provided by the program, allowing the acceptance of submitted applications. Among the beneficiaries of housing assistance received by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure regarding transferring a mortgage from one home to another, enabling the beneficiary to re-use the amount of housing assistance and replacing the home with another suitable home, and requests to sell and rebuild a home or purchase a new home.

The controls and requirements include that the applicant must have an acceptable justification for requesting the transfer of the mortgage or the disposition of the existing home, for the purpose of building or purchasing a new home, and that the home must have been finally received by the beneficiary and the value of the housing assistance has been disbursed to him in full, and the applicant’s approval to Depositing the value of housing assistance resulting from the disposal of the home into the designated financial account for the purpose of reusing it in building or purchasing the new home, and ensuring that the beneficiary provides an alternative home that is suitable for the family from a structural and social standpoint.

The Council also adopted a decision approving the flexibility to reduce the value of housing financing “flexible loan” in accordance with the beneficiary’s financial ability without modifying the repayment years specified in the current system, and allowing the beneficiary to re- benefit from the reduced housing financing difference within a period not exceeding (4) years and with a maximum value. The housing assistance decision issued to him, in response to the housing needs of citizens.

Regulating the export of aquaculture

As part of the state’s efforts to preserve the country’s fish wealth and natural resources, the Council adopted a decision regarding regulating the export of aquatic life, which includes the categories allowed for export, controls on the export of caught aquatic life, and establishments operating in export. The decision aims to achieve the economic benefit of fishermen by disposing of surplus quantities and creating... Suitable sales outlets. The Council of Ministers also approved a list of violations and penalties for living aquatic resources legislation and reconciliation therein, which included procedures for controlling violations, the duration of the violation, and a list of violations and penalties, in a way that enhances the achievement of the goals of protecting and developing living aquatic resources, fish wealth, and practices followed in the fishing profession.

Integrated management policy for recyclable materials in the country

The Council approved the policy of integrated management of recyclable materials in the country, which includes provisions regarding licensing establishments working in the field of integrated management of recyclable materials, and collecting, recycling and exporting recyclable materials, in a way that ensures the advancement of this field in the country and the directing of recyclable waste such as used tires. , electronic waste, plastic waste, waste edible oils, used cooking oils, and aluminum slag to recycling factories in the country, by establishing a regulatory framework for the integrated management of recyclable materials, meeting the needs of waste recycling factories, and providing the recyclable materials specified within the scope of the decision by By organizing collection, export and import operations without prejudice to environmental requirements and international obligations.

Amending health and environmental laws

Regarding legislative affairs, the Council adopted a decision approving the amendment to the federal law regarding public health, according to which the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, in coordination with health authorities and designated authorities, shall establish the controls and conditions that guarantee access to public health services without discrimination, and regulate the process of advertising and promoting products or services with the intention of marketing or circulating them. Or disseminate it, and introduce the concept of One Health, which is a collaborative, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach that works at the local, regional, national and global levels with the aim of achieving optimal health outcomes. The amendments to the law also include a definition of the common disease that is transmitted from animals to humans and mechanisms for preventing communicable diseases, including common diseases. .

The amendments to the law also aim to provide the necessary services to care for children and protect them from a health and social perspective, controls the promotion and protection of the physical and psychological health of adolescents and adults, combat negative behaviors that are dangerous to their health, organize periodic medical examinations for the family in accordance with approved health programs, and enhance preparedness and response capabilities to protect public health in society. Providing public health curricula to integrate and develop public health curricula into academic programs and courses, in addition to promoting public health research.

The Council also adopted a decision approving the amendment to the federal law regarding agricultural quarantine, which regulates agricultural quarantine procedures in the event of any pests or plant diseases that appear during the import, export, or transit of agricultural shipments. The law takes into account the standards of enhancing agricultural security in the country and reducing biological risks that may arise from Commercial exchange of agricultural consignments and goods of plant origin, ensuring the protection of the state’s agricultural wealth, preventing and reducing plant diseases and pests, and ensuring that the state fulfills global requirements in this field and its obligations emanating from its membership in international organizations.

In support of the state’s efforts to preserve livestock, the Council also adopted a decision approving the amendment to the federal law regarding veterinary quarantine, which includes veterinary quarantine procedures in the event of the presence of animal diseases in animal consignments. The law regulates the conditions for importing animal consignments, the obligations of the animal consignment carrier, and the procedures taken against means of transportation. Contaminated or in violation of transport requirements, and assessing the level of veterinary services and animal control procedures applied in the country of export or country of origin. The law aims to enhance biosecurity in the country and reduce biological risks that may arise from the trade exchange of live animal consignments and goods of animal origin and enhance the country’s competitive position as a global trade hub. By diversifying import sources and opening new markets for export and re-export.

Regulating and monitoring the international trade in endangered animals and plants

The Council adopted a resolution approving the amendment to the Federal Law regarding the regulation and control of international trade in endangered animals and plants, which includes controls on the import and export of specimens and shipments, provisions related to commercial dealings, the disposition of captive-bred and artificially propagated specimens, provisions related to specimens in transit, personal and family collectibles, and provisions For scientific and research institutions, and the obligation of veterinary facilities and clinics to verify the existence of the documents required in accordance with the provisions of the law for any species or live sample of endangered animals that they receive.

The Council of Ministers also adopted a decision approving the amendment of the two lists of chemical precursors attached to the Federal Law Concerning Medical Products, the Pharmacy Profession and Pharmaceutical Establishments, by adding (4) substances to the two lists of chemical precursors in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 and the alerts and warnings received from the international body. To control drugs, the law aims to protect society from all negative influences that affect public health, as chemical precursors are considered raw materials that can be used in the manufacture of illicit drugs, and some of these materials fall within the category of hazardous materials according to United Nations classifications.

The Council adopted a decision approving the Emirati system for steel bars for concrete reinforcement, which includes the general requirements that all products must meet before being imported, sold, manufactured, or used in the country. The decision aims to ensure the quality of products traded in the country’s markets in accordance with Emirati and international specifications, and to support Quality national industry, protecting it from competitive inferior products, and enhancing the competitiveness of national products in foreign markets.

Policies and initiatives in education

The Council also adopted a decision approving the procedural policy for applying the professional license for school staff at the Emirates Foundation for School Education, which aims to establish a framework for implementing the professional licensing system for workers in public education institutions, and defining the foundations of applying the professional license for teachers, leaders and professionals in the supporting jobs targeted in the licensing system. Professionalism in educational institutions affiliated with the Emirates School Education Foundation, providing guidance for designing recruitment, training, and promotion procedures related to the professional license, organizing procedures for renewing professional licenses, and including licensing requirements in development and training programs for school personnel.

The Council also adopted new governance models for the management and operation of some government schools, including the Khalifa bin Zayed the First School in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Elite Government School in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the aim of developing high-quality administrative mechanisms and methods in accordance with the best international educational practices, and experimenting with new curricula in which education is the focus. Based on the Emirati identity, it provides the opportunity for students to excel internationally, which will be applied and expanded gradually in government schools.

Results of using digital identity in government transactions

The Council reviewed the results of the use of the digital identity in all government transactions, which was based on the use of the digital identity as an official and exclusive platform, and the approval of the signature and seal for all correspondence and transactions, as a digital wallet, and a main source for official documents and documents.

The Council also reviewed the results of the state’s participation in both the G20 Culture Ministers’ meeting held in India during the period between August 25-26, 2023, and the joint economic committee between the state and the Republic of South Korea. Which included discussing ways of cooperation between the two countries in various sectors, including: the entrepreneurship sector, the green economy, and the aviation sector. In addition to the results of the state’s participation in the Fifth Budapest Demographic Summit in the Republic of Hungary, which aimed to contribute to presenting countries’ experiences in supporting family policies and protecting their values as the most important nucleus of all countries’ societal and national security frameworks and strategies towards negative behavioral phenomena, loss of national identity, and other current challenges. .

The Council of Ministers also reviewed the recommendations of the Federal National Council regarding both the topic “Government policy regarding regulating private higher education” and the topic “The impact of legislation regulating labor market activities on economic variables in the country,” and approved the views of the relevant ministries and federal agencies in accordance with their annual plans. The Council also approved the restructuring of the State Government Financial Policies Coordination Council.

Hosting the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

In international affairs, the Council agreed to host the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Business Forum in 2026 in Dubai, consolidating the country’s position as the capital of the business tourism sector and as a leading international center for regional and international meetings and conferences.

Hosting the headquarters of the Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies in the country

The Council also approved an agreement between the State and the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf regarding hosting the headquarters of the Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies in the State, which contributes to strengthening the State’s position in regional and international forums.

The Council approved an agreement between the government of the country and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding air services between and beyond their regions.

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