Scope of Vision 2021
Creating and maintaining a sustainable environment and infrastructure is a pillar of National Agenda in line with Vision 2021. The UAE Government wants to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development. It aims to develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.
The UAE has set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure its performance against its targets of 2021. The KPIs related to infrastructure (other than transportation) are:
- Improving the Networked Readiness Index (telecommunication and IT sectors)
- Improving the online services index
The UAE's ranking in infrastructure
The UAE was ranked first regionally and 17th globally, maintaining its lead among the top 20 competitive economies in the world, according to the recent version of the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 (PDF) issued by the World Economic Forum (Davos) in Switzerland.
The report is one of the most important global competitiveness reports, which monitors annual performance and competitiveness of the economies of countries in terms of strengths, weaknesses, impact on quality of life and prosperity and well-being of people.
This year's report surveys the economies of 137 countries rated through 114 performance indexes and in 12 basic axes, including institutions, infrastructure, education, health, innovation, efficiency of the labour market and other topics. Evaluation is based on statistics and data from participating countries through opinion polls and surveys of executives and major investors in those countries.
1st in 'road quality' index
3rd in 'airport infrastructure and means of air transport quality’ index
4th in 'seaport infrastructure quality' index
3rd in 'mobile phone subscriptions per 100 users' index
4th in the 'quality of infrastructure' index
4th in the index of 'number of airline seats available for each million passengers a week'
20th in the 'innovation and sophistication factors' pillar
Investments in infrastructure
In 2005, H. H. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the implementation of comprehensive infrastructure and service facilities throughout the country, for which AED 16 billion has been allocated. The order aims to enhance economic and social progress and to ensure the highest quality of infrastructure. The order covers two sectors:
The infrastructure sector
It comprises grants of residential lands and villas, development of roads and bridges, constructing, developing and maintaining dams and developing fishermen's harbours.
The economic, social and health sector
Under this sector, the President increased the national investments for water and electricity to AED 5 billion and AED 700 million respectively.
The Follow up Committee of Initiatives of the President has accomplished a large number of developmental, strategic and services projects, which include thousands of residential units. The general report of the committee in 2014 revealed that the committee has implemented 125 projects amounting to AED 6.5 billion.
Projects which were completed or were in progress until October 2014 comprised building 7 hospitals, 7 dams, 3 mosques, 35 roads projects, 4 harbours, 3 projects for water and sewerage disposal and 3 projects for water and electricity.
Entities in charge of developing the UAE's infrastructure
Federal entities in charge of developing the UAE's infrastructure
Below are the federal entities that are responsible for developing infrastructure in the UAE:
Local municipalities carry out and/or supervise public works in localities within their administration. The municipalities offer many related services in the fields of land and real estate, roads, parks, community centres, spatial data, urban planning, public sanitation and construction permits amongst others.
List of municipalities in the UAE:
Updated on 19 Feb 2020