Corrects the number of applications processed per year in paragraph 1.
DUBAI, 7th October 2015 (WAM) — Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has stated that government service centres receive over 30 million customers per year and process over 150 million applications. His Highness said that completing the rating exercise for all service centres is the beginning of a new phase of quality development in the United Arab Emirates.
His Highness further said, “The UAE is the only country in the world that rates its service centers on the lines of the star-rating system for hotels. We believe our customers are our guests and they deserve the best possible service. The star rating system aims to encourage government service centres to be more competitive and give our customers a role in the development of government services.”
He added, “Two years ago, we launched a new initiative where government organisations compete with the private sector in service quality. Our employees are very competitive and we are determined to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction.”
Sheikh Mohammed made his comments during his visit to the Emirates Identity Authority centre at Al Barsha, which received a five-star rating.
His Highness today approved the results of the star rating exercise conducted among all federal government service centres. Five centres received a five-star rating, while 44 centres obtained a four-star rating and 83 centres a three-star rating.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Aisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Emirates Identity Authority H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Vice Chairman of the Identity Authority Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Dr. Saeed Al Ghafli, Director-General of Emirates Identity Authority, accompanied Sheikh Mohammed during his visit to the centre.
Hessa Buhumaid, Executive Director of the Government Services Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office, briefed Sheikh Mohammed and his delegation on the rating system, its key procedures and the evaluation process that has been endorsed by independent international partners. She also briefed them on the next phase of the rating system’s implementation in which some local government and private sector entities will be included in the ratings scheme.
Jassim Al Raessi, Director of Emirates Identity Authority center at Al Barsha, briefed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed on the centre’s services and the recent measures taken to enhance service quality.
Stressing the importance of the role of government services centers, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, “My message to all teams in government service centers is that their work is not an ordinary job but a service to their country. We are soldiers and our job is serve the United Arab Emirates. Ultimately, we seek to export this new system to the rest of the world. This star-rating system is a purely Emirati initiative that we hope to export to the world”.
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