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UAE ranked first in the Arab world, third globally, for ease of issuing building permits

World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report underlines the pioneering role played by UAE globally, says director general of DM

The UAE is ranked first in the Arab region, and third in the world, in easing the issuing of building permits, as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, a top government official has said.

According to a report by WAM, Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality and chairman of the Committee for Developing Building Permits in Dubai, said that the report underlines the ‘pioneering role played by the UAE in global competitiveness’. He attributed this progress in the area of building permits to the support the leadership at the national and emirate levels.

Al Hajri pointed out that Dubai, representing the UAE in the area of building permits, has achieved pioneering and sustainable results in this area, surpassing more than 190 countries in the world, participating in the global competitiveness race.

He added that this achievement supports the position of the UAE and the emirate in international forums. It also supports and encourages the construction sector and real estate investment, he said. The ranking is considered to be a high-level global standard enjoyed by government departments in providing leadership and innovative services to investors and customers, thus enhancing the investment and competitive environment of the country, Al Hajri explained.

With regards current and future plans, and the sustainability of the results, Al Hajri said that an interactive service has been added to a smartphone app that is synonymous with the electric Dubai Building Permits System.

The Ease of Building Permits is a global standard in which the World Bank measures the performance of countries through sub-areas that differentiate between building permits in all countries, the report added.

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