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In late October 2016, the UAE Cabinet approved the federal budget draft submitted by the Ministry of Finance (MoF)
for the fiscal year 2017, with a total spending of AED 48.7 billion as part of the five-year budget cycle 2017-2021,
estimated at AED 247.3 billion.
The budget was prepared in tandem with the zero-based budget principles adopted by the UAE, which is based on a
medium-term strategic operational plan that aims to monitor government financial performance, achieve the
developmental objectives and avoid over-expenditure or wasting of public funds; it is also consistent with initiatives
and projects adopted in the federal government strategy. The financial resources were utilised to achieve the highest
degree of prosperity and welfare for citizens and residents through focusing on health, education and community
welfare as key pillars for the development of society.
In the budgeting process, MoF was keen to have access to real cost through measuring the financial impact of all
government activities from the beginning and comparing them to the cost of similar activities undertaken by other
entities in the public and private sectors. The ministry also worked hard to enhance performance by following best
local and global practices in order to achieve a positive impact on society with government spending and attain the
highest returns possible.
51.7% of the Federal Budget 2017 is dedicated to sectors affecting the lives of UAE citizens, compared to 42% for government affairs
The largest portion of funding is put into ensuring the quality of
education in the UAE as one of the highest in the region.
This amount has been set aside to maintain UAE emergency
services, including Police, Ambulance and Civil Defence.
AED 4 billion will be placed into securing the financial future of
Emiratis approaching the retirement age of 49, so as they may
enjoy the same standard of life beyond retirement..
Community development for social rights guarantee and social
integration programmes to be implemented by the Ministry of
An amount of 1.4 billion is assigned for housing grants and
loans to ensure the provision of adequate housing for citizens
For maintaining clear policies and supporting
the UAE’s regional and global relations
For programmes for the development
of the judiciary divided as follows:
297 million for the programmes of the judicial system and
services provided by courts and prosecution offices
26 million for the development programmes of legislation
and legal services
For federal projects, divided as follows:
1.4bn for projects under the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme
891 million for federal ministry projects
771 million for the development of power and water projects to be
implemented by the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA)
13.5 million for the projects of the Ministry of Education
215 million for establishing police and civil defence centres, and
headquarters of naturalisation and residence and science laboratories
Through the establishment of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation
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