Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks during the ordinary Cabinet meeting held this evening at the Presidential Palace.
The session was attended by H. H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The Council of Ministers approved during its session the issuance of a regulatory draft law on the organisation of Hajj and Umrah contracting work. The new resolution puts forward a unified national system to organise the process of organising Hajj and Umrah journeys. It is applicable on the contractor as well as on Emirati and expatriate pilgrims.
The draft law specifies the terms of reference of the Hajj and Umrah Administration, the competent licensing committee, and general conditions for practising the business and procedural aspects.
It also includes regulation of conditions for licencing and renewals thereof of Hajj and Umrah mission organisers and measures to increase the number of authorised pilgrims for a contractor during the pilgrimage season, sanctions for violating the licence terms, the obligations of contractors, procedures for the transfer of pilgrims from one contractor to another, and other relevant procedures in this respect.
The draft regulatory law includes the imposition of clear sanctions and fines on Hajj and Umrah contractors who are found negligent in providing the necessary services to pilgrims. The move aims to improve the services provided to pilgrims in the UAE.
The Cabinet approved the request of the Federal National Council to discuss the general policy of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
It also approved the issuance of a federal law amending the federal law on renaming the National Centre for Documentation and Research, so that it will become “The National Archive.” The amendment aims to express the reality of the actual work and terms of reference assigned to the centre as the National Archive of the State.
The Council of Ministers endorsed the restructuring of the Board of Directors of the National Centre for Statistics, under the chairmanship of Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State. The Board of Directors includes representatives with competence and efficiency from all Emirates.
It also approved the appointment of Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities.
Regarding the international conventions, the Cabinet approved a number of agreements between the UAE and Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka, in the area of legal and judicial cooperation.
It also ratified a series of cooperation agreements in the field of air transport with Senegal, Ukraine and Algeria. The Cabinet also approved the ratification of the Convention with Belarus on the exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic passports. These agreements come in the context of strengthening the international cooperation to serve the interests of the state.
In the context of strengthening the judicial services, the Council of Ministers approved the appointment of 16 judges at different levels of the federal courts.
The Cabinet also discussed other topics listed on the agenda and took appropriate decisions.