Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Al Abbar: Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision, daring endeavours set the pace for those aspiring to take up leading positions

Reviewing his leadership model in RTA’s Knowledge Fair

Al Abbar: Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision, daring endeavours set the pace for those aspiring to take up leading positions

Dubai - Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:
H.E. Mohammed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, commended the shrewd vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and futuristic outlook coupled with the valiant knack of taking decisions and the ability to realize them, considering these attributes as the underlying factors of the prestigious standing enjoyed by Dubai worldwide.

A statement to this effect was made by Al Abbar in a lecture delivered in RTA Auditorium as part of the events of the Knowledge Fair held by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) under the theme: Knowledge for All. He spoke about his model in leading entities, in the presence of H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, and a host of CEOs, Directors and officials of the RTA.

“The ambitious vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum along with the firm commitment of HH to make diligent efforts till achieving the cherished objectives, regardless of the scale of challenges encountered, set a superb model for all those aspiring to hold leading positions. Despite our belief that making assiduous efforts is the only way of making success, our passion for our work is the main criterion of excellence,” he continued.

“The human resources of the UAE constitute the main stay of the knowledge economy. Therefore the commitment to refine the leadership skills of these cadres is of paramount importance in sustaining the growth drive in future. Our promising youth can fully avail their huge potentials through commitment to turn concepts into reality, continually challenge the recognized fixed standards, and devising their own techniques in implementation in order to raise the bar on the efficiency.
“The excellence standard established by the RTA and working cadres under the leadership of engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, is an example to be emulated by our ambitious youths. It succeeded in uplifting the mass transit sector, building a state-of-the-art roads & bridges network, and achieving unprecedented achievements worldwide. At the top of these achievements is the Dubai Metro project; which manifests the spirit of challenge and determination that characterize Dubai and make it a standout,” added Al Abbar.

The Chairman of Emaar Properties tackled some practices and circumstances encountered during his tenure as Director of the Economic Development Department, and said: “During a visit of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the Department, HH visited the Customers Service Center and inquired about the reason for setting up glazed barriers between the employee and the customer, and accordingly HH directed to remove these barriers indicating that employees have to deal in a friendly manner with customers. The leadership of the Department went a step further and removed all doors of offices of executives in implementation of the open door policy. During the next visit of HH to the Department, HH chatted to H.E. General Dhahi Khalfan, Chief of the Dubai Police, saying: “The Department of the Economic Development has removed the doors of their offices, what will you do?”. Khalfan took no time, as usual, to say: “We will work standing on our feet to serve customers and process their transactions.”
Al Abbar said, "One of the reasons of Emaar development is the existence of state-owned competitive companies, which prompted us to redouble our efforts, maintain our development drive, focus on quality & customer care, and upgrade our human cadres so that Emaar can have a competitive edge in all projects undertaken."

"The reasons for the success of any organization depend on a set of factors, most notably is having in place a team work, prudent leadership, desire to work, learning from mistakes, and adapting to the changes and new developments, in addition to continuous learning and having exposure to all new developments in the field of work," he added.

Exhibition Tour
After that, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, ushered HE Mohammed Al Abbar on a tour around the Knowledge Fair, which have several pavilions highlighted by the RTA's projects stand which showcases the tasks, achievements and activities made by the Projects Management Office Team. The Knowledge Initiatives stand also showcased key knowledge initiatives already launched by the RTA. There were other corners for creativity, online services, educational books & educational games, general information quizzes, children, universities, and know your manager, in addition to events such as "Books and Offers" and "IQ Test, among other distinguished activities.

At the end of the tour, His Excellency Mohammed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, expressed his admiration of the idea and content of the Knowledge Fair organized by the RTA, which is viewed as a pioneering initiative reflecting the importance of sharing leaders' rich experience with the young promising generation and encouraging them to play a pivotal role in achieving UAE sustainable growth. "I am proud of my participation in the Knowledge Fair 2013, I offer my sincere thanks to the RTA for inviting me to speak in the leadership practices series," concluded Al Abbar.

• Mohammed Al Abbar delivering a speech
• Al Tayer amid the attendees
• Al Abbar and Al Tayer touring the Knowledge Fair

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