Dubai Plan 2021 describes the future of Dubai through holistic and complementary perspectives, starting with the people and the society who have always been, and always will be, the bedrock of the city. This aspect describes the characteristics that Dubai’s people need to have to deliver on the city’s aspirations in all areas, and examines the society needed to support and empower these individuals in achieving their goals.

The plan addresses the urban environment including both natural and built assets, and looks at the living experience of the people of Dubai and its visitors as a result of their interaction with this environment and the economic and social services provided. In addition, the plan also focuses on the economy, which is the city’s development engine and its fuel for its march forward.

Finally, the plan addresses the government as the custodian of the city development in all aspects. These perspectives were divided into 6 themes, each highlighting a group of strategic developmental aims for Dubai, and together forming the city’s vision for 2021.

  • The People: “City of Happy, Creative & Empowered People”
  • The Society: “An Inclusive & Cohesive Society”
  • The Experience: “The Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit”
  • The Place: “A Smart & Sustainable City”
  • The Economy: “A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy”
  • The Government: “A Pioneering and Excellent Government”

Dubai has undergone unprecedented growth over the last 2 decades that transformed this once small pearl-diving town into one of the world’s leading cities. The emirate’s growth has been anchored by an unwavering vision of establishing a center to serve an ever growing region, and a bridge that connects east and west. Dubai’s ambitions were perhaps best summarized by The Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 (DSP 2015), which was launched in 2007 by HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Through DSP 2015, Dubai established its first documented long-term strategy, making it one of the first to do so in the region.

DSP 2015 outlined the emirate’s strategic priorities in 5 main areas:

  • Economic Development.
  • Social Development.
  • Security, Justice, & Safety.
  • Infrastructure, Land, & Environment.
  • Government Excellence.

DSP 2015 set ambitious targets for Dubai’s growth for the long-term, highlighting key sectors of focus, and priorities areas that would shape the emirate as it continued its march forward. DSP 2015 was the driver for change in many sectors, and was the basis for the development of the Government of Dubai’s sector strategies as well as several other reform initiatives. But above all, DSP 2015 offered guidance to government entities and other players crucial to the Dubai story, that helped ensure coordination among the various stakeholders in pursuit of the vision of the leadership. Dubai has had considerable achievements over the last several years putting the emirate on the fast track of development.

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