UAE: Sheikh Mohammed attends Day Zero of World Governments Summit in Dubai

(centre) His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (R), Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (L), First Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, at a session at World Governments Summit in Dubai on Sunday
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Dubai: With a formal pact to launch Dubai air taxi service in 2026 and a series of high level sessions and meetings, the Day Zero of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024 got underway on Sunday, a day ahead of this year’s main WGS sessions kicking off on Monday under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments.’

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Leaders welcome delegates 

In their messages, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed guests who arrived in the UAE to attend the WGS.

The three-day event will be attended by over 25 heads of state and governments, 120 government delegations and over 85 international organisations, along with distinguished participation of thought leaders, experts and more than 4,000 attendees.

The President said the UAE continues its efforts to promote cooperation between world governments, stemming from the belief that current challenges can only be navigated through joint efforts and a collective commitment to unified visions that will see the world to a safer, more prosperous future.

“The World Governments Summit is the UAE’s responsible invitation to the whole world, to join the dialogue, share knowledge and invest in new ideas and creative energies that are capable of creating innovative solutions to development challenges, and meet peoples’ expectations of a good life and a better future,” said Sheikh Mohamed.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “The UAE believes that real governments are capable of translating people’s ambitions into a sustainable reality. When government work is afflicted with stalling and procrastination, when it is dependent on happenstance, these are signs of the end of development, and the end of human civilization itself. When governments fail to deliver their mission of leading and enacting change, they waive their entitlement to the present and the future; they retire from life.”

Air Taxi agreement

Sheikh Mohammed attended the agreement signing of the launch of the air taxi service in Dubai by 2026.