Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Dubai Strategic Plan 2015
"... We were in a race against time and we won. But, as I have always said, the race has only just begun. With these achievements come new hurdles, responsibilities, and challenges… It is far easier to build financial capital than it is to build intellectual, psychological and moral capital. Building a road or a bridge may take a year or two, but developing people takes a lifetime..."
While I was in Dubai, the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, presented the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.
I was struck by the boldness of the vision. In particular, I was very glad to know about the priority accorded to social development, public policy and cultural affairs.
Read Sheikh Mohammad's speech here.
As a social development and public policy specialist, I wrote to Sheikh Mohammad, offering my services towards realising the vision of Dubai 2015. God knows that despite my best efforts in the last 22 years, all my attempts in my own country towards making a difference in the lives of the poor and vulnerable have remained fruitless.