Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum paid a surprise visit to several government offices on Sunday, only to find some workers were absent.
This led Al Maktoum to order the retirement of 9 senior officials including the municipality’s legal counsel and executive director of legal affairs, its deputy director general and six assistant directors.
“The changes, effective from today are part of a move to infuse new blood into Dubai Municipality and provide opportunities for promising young leaders to take on new roles for implementing the highest international service standards in line with the Dubai Government’s objective of providing the highest quality of service across all its departments and bodies,” a statement released by the Dubai Media Office said.
Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, director general of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department posted pictures and videos of Sheikh Mohammed touring the offices on his Instagram.
He stated that Sheikh Mohammed was on a field tour to government departments, including Dubai Municipality, the Department of Land and Property and the Department of Economic Development and their directors and senior officials were allegedly not present.
“He certainly wanted to send a message,” said Mona Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Media Office.
“Timelines starts at the top and we won’t go after the employees when their bosses aren’t there.”