Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, has sacked a bunch of senior officials and ordered a major shake-up of the way the city is run after visiting government offices at 7:30 on a Sunday morning and finding that many staff members were not yet at work.
Dubai’s ruler sacked 9 senior officials: the visit on Sunday morning
In the last weeks Al-Maktoum made an unannounced trip to a government office in Dubai and seems to have been disappointed by the lack of workers present.
The visit should not have caught so many people out as Sheikh Mohammed is known for his early-morning inspections ‘to ensure government services are up to Dubai’s globally admired standards’. In Dubai, public sector workers usually work from 7.30am to 2.30pm, while in the private sector usual business hours are from 8am to 1pm, resuming after the temperatures have begun to cool from 4pm.
After the visit, the government posted a video on Instagram of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum while he’s doing the tour of the empty office.
Then al-Maktoum announced the forced retirement of nine of Dubai’s most senior officials, all from the Dubai Municipality’s executive management, including directors and assistant directors-general in departments such as legal affairs and planning.
He thanked the officials for their services but said the emirate needed a new generation of leadership going forward. In fact, governments around the Gulf are trying to make their bureaucracies more efficient as low oil prices pressure state finances, and the move by Sheikh Mohammed is one of the most dramatic efforts in that direction so far.