Mohammed bin Zayed and the Culture of Excellence

  • 18 January 2014

In order to motivate and redouble efforts for attaining greater distinction and to recognize achievements in development, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, recently ordered the launch of the ‘Excellence Awards’ for institutions and organizations affiliated to the Government of Abu Dhabi. The award would be associated with the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance and would contribute to realizing its objectives for encouraging government institutions to improve their performance, enhance work mechanisms in their internal sectors, contribute to enhancing awareness of the culture of excellence, quality and transparency, and to render this culture as a basic constituent to government action at the level of the UAE as a whole.

The success of any organization in achieving its aims is naturally linked to the UAE national action, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God save him). The fulfillment of these goals depend on coordination between an organization’s leadership and all members of its team, sound planning before commencement of work, balanced distribution of roles, sense of responsibility among all members, awareness that in the success of the team lies success for all its members, work in an atmosphere of constructive competition, and the existence of mechanisms to motivate the talent for greater excellence and efficiency.

All these prerequisites are available in ample measure to the UAE’s national action. All that the country has achieved in various areas in recent years testifies to this fact. It has reached advanced status in several international rankings and categories, ranging from indices on advanced infrastructure and technology to competitiveness and business environment as well as human development rankings, such as education, health and standard of living. These indicators reveal the high level of development achieved by the UAE society as they assess the extent of benefits its citizens have availed of the development and progress in their homeland. Perhaps, the recent launch of the National Agenda indicates the start of a new action phase that would bring more returns to the UAE citizen.

All of us recently followed the launch by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of the ‘National Agenda’ for the next seven years of the UAE and his praise for the support by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and how the approach of His Highness has contributed to promoting this Agenda so that it guides our steps along the path of development in coming years. His Highness also expressed the importance of redoubling efforts to achieve the goals within the time limit. His Highness said: “We have ahead of us seven years of serious work, rapid development, numerous projects and initiatives, great goals and challenges. If our performance, as a UAE team, has been 100 percent in past years, it needs to be 200 percent in the coming seven years.”