His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has reaffirmed the commitment of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to enhancing wellbeing and ensuring a good quality of life for citizens by meeting their needs.

Chairing the Abu Dhabi Executive Council meeting, His Highness highlighted the importance of creating new and innovative investment opportunities, and expanding the scope of economic activities in the emirate through a comprehensive, diverse, and flexible business ecosystem that contributes to strengthening the position of the emirate as a leading finance and investment hub.

His Highness reviewed the latest updates and progress made in government plans, initiatives, and projects. His Highness also endorsed the Child Protection Policy to ensure comprehensive support for families and caregivers, empowering them to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. In addition, His Highness approved a plan to launch the Abu Dhabi Real Estate Centre, a unified real estate services centre under the Department of Municipalities and Transport that will enhance the efficiency of the sector through regulation and oversight.

Child Protection Policy

The Child Protection Policy, developed by the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority in collaboration with various childhood-related entities, aims to protect children by helping families provide a positive environment for raising children. The policy also provides support to families and caregivers to enable them to create a safe and nurturing environment for children within a healthy and nurturing social setting that ensures a stable upbringing, with a focus on the best interests of the child. The newly-endorsed policy promotes fairness, non-discrimination, and enhances rapid response capabilities to cases of abuse or negligence towards children.

His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasised the importance of providing all forms of support and care for the early childhood ecosystem. His Highness also highlighted that priority that should be given to engaging children in programmes and activities that equip them with life skills and enhance their resilience. Additionally, efforts should be directed towards developing educational programmes to raise awareness among families and parents about the physical, psychological, and social difficulties and risks that children may face.

His Highness pointed out that investing in early childhood to provide a healthy environment in which to raise children by building a safeguarding ecosystem that protects their rights and preserves their wellbeing, is a top priority and a fundamental cornerstone for raising a generation of young people equipped with the skills to lead the nation to further growth and development.

Abu Dhabi Real Estate Centre

The Abu Dhabi Real Estate Centre, under the Department of Municipalities and Transport, aims to unify all real estate services and streamline property-related procedures under one umbrella. The new centre will further enhance the efficiency of real estate regulation and oversight, ensuring an attractive investment environment in line with the best international standards and practices. It also aims to strengthen the role of the real estate sector in supporting economic growth by contributing to non-oil GDP. All roles and responsibilities related to real estate affairs will now be transferred to a unified entity responsible for advancing the real estate sector, creating more growth opportunities through the regulation of real estate services, and improving operational efficiency.

The Abu Dhabi Real Estate Centre will be responsible for developing strategic plans to regulate and enhance the growth of the real estate sector. Additionally, it will oversee real estate development projects, monitor and assess projects’ performance, and launch new real estate initiatives by managing government tenders related to real estate development projects. The centre will provide support to promote real estate investment, among other mandates, to ensure the real estate sector's contribution to driving development in the emirate.