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The UAE Showcases its Leading Experiment Marking the Gulf Statistics Day

Image:  Arif Al Muhairi,Executive Director of Dubai Statistics Center, was honored

Image:  Arif Al Muhairi,Executive Director of Dubai Statistics Center, was honored

In its capacity as the chair county of the meetings of the Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf, held on Tuesday, 24 December 2019, at the GCC headquarters in Riyadh. 


In his opening speech, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the General Secretariat, hailed the vital role of the GCC statistics centers through providing the data and information to the decision-makers. He also highlighted the value of raising awareness on the significance of the statistical work.  


The celebrations of the Statistics Day holding a seminar (Statistics to support Decision-Making and the Future of Statistical Work). 


Mr. Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the GCC Statistical Work and the head of the UAE delegation to the meetings, showcased the leading experiment of the UAE in the field of statistical work. 


Mr. Lootah delivered a speech, in which he said that today’s meeting celebrates the Gulf Statistics Day, through which we aspire to discuss the best ways we can all benefit from the data, improve their quality, facilitate access to them, and direct them to what is beneficial to the progress and prosperity of our GCC States and the world at large.


He pointed out the importance of statistics, on which development depends in various fields, and the fate of significant projects or decisions often depends on the results provided by statistics in a specific field, noting its importance in the possibility of anticipating the future and building decisions based on its outputs. 


Mr. Lootah cited a statement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the importance of data. His Highness said: “The higher the quality of information that the leader relies upon making his decision, the higher the chances of making a good decision.” 


He stressed that this statement demonstrates the UAE wise leadership’s interest in data and its belief in its importance in supporting decision-making and shaping the future. 


Lootah emphasized: “We in the Emirates, as in the case of the Arab Gulf states, look to be among the best and most competitive countries in the world, by keeping pace with changes and developments in the field of technology, as we have adopted in the statistical work innovative mechanisms that rely on the use of artificial intelligence and modern technologies. To process and analyze data and manage big data ».


He concluded his speech by highlighting the fact that data has become today the wealth of the future and one of the most important possibilities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, calling for more work to increase awareness of statistical work, and provide tools for future data to ensure the fruitful interaction between the data producer and its user. 

During the seminar activities, Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Dubai Statistics Center, was honored as the distinguished Emirati Figure in the field of statistical work, for his outstanding efforts in supporting the national statistical work.


Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director-General of the Statistics Center - Abu Dhabi, acknowledged that the “GCC Statistics Day” is an important initiative. “It is designed to raise awareness about the role of statistics in providing accurate information on various services, economic, social, and cultural sectors. It is helping the decision-makers to develop sound policies set up strategic development plans based on accurate scientific foundations to raise the standards of living and achieve wealth and prosperity.” 


H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Al Qasimi, Head of the Department of Statistics and Community Development in Sharjah, pointed out that social and economic development is based on reliable statistical information and data. 


“The statistical work plays an active role in drawing policies and developing projects. This is what our department does through the implementation of several statistical projects that are consistent with the development plans of the Emirate of Sharjah,” Sheikh Mohammed stated. 


He underlined: “The rapid growth witnessed by various sectors, especially as we live in the data age, which requires speed and accuracy in accessing this data and placing it on the table of the decision-makers.” 


Dr. Hajar Al Hubaishi, Executive Director of the Ajman Center for Statistics and Competitiveness, pointed out that the UAE has achieved a prestigious global position among all nations. “This is attributed to UAE’s reliance on the best practices in the field of statistical data collection, analysis, and utilizing them to achieve sustainable development. These factors made the UAE a role model among the countries of the region.” 


Wealth of Information


In his turn, Hamid Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, shed a spotlight on the importance of statistical work in building and providing an information wealth “Such a wealth helps decision-makers and stakeholders from public and private sectors to support the prosperity and growth of the UAE’s economy and to make it at the forefront of global economies.”


Ms. Najwa Yaqoub, Executive Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Center for Statistics and Studies, pointed out the importance of joint Gulf action, and the essential role that statistics play in supporting decision-making, developing and following-up on the economic and social policies at the national and Gulf levels. She stressed that statistical information and data play a crucial role in supporting sustainable development processes, which is an essential pillar in the work of the national statistical centers.




Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Director of the Fujairah Statistics Center, said that the statistics sector in the GCC receives excellent care and attention from the UAE wise leadership with sights set to enhance Gulf cooperation and integration in the field of statistical information. 

He added: “The statistics sector plays an active and constructive role in drawing up policies and decision-making and contributing to preparing development plans and projects.”


An innovation Partner


The celebration of the GCC Statistics Day this year came under the theme of “Statistics is the Partner of Innovation” as it was decided to mark this day on 24 December each year. 


This decision was taken following the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the General Secretariat, visit to the headquarters of the Statistical Center of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in January in 2017; and based on the decision of the Ministerial Council of the GCC in its 141st session held on 24 November 2016 in the Manama City of the Kingdom of Bahrain.