Abu Dhabi UPC launches programme for UAE nationals

The Mustaqbali Programme for UAE national career and development has resulted from Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Government Strategic Innovation Model (G-SIM)

Abu Dhabi UPC’s director general, HE Falah Al Ahbabi (above), stated that the council has a responsibility to “nurture and empower” UAE nationals.
Abu Dhabi UPC’s director general, HE Falah Al Ahbabi (above), stated that the council has a responsibility to “nurture and empower” UAE nationals.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has launched the Mustaqbali Programme, an initiative designed to aid career development for UAE nationals.

The new model will improve overall performance by encouraging, assessing, and measuring innovative ideas and initiatives within the organisation, according to Abu Dhabi UPC.

The scheme has resulted from the council’s Government Strategic Innovation Model (G-SIM), which aims to foster a spirit of creativity.

Commenting on the initiative, HE Falah Al Ahbabi, director general of Abu Dhabi UPC, said: “We believe that our human capital is fundamental to the success of our organisation, and we have a responsibility towards our employees – based on clear direction from leadership – to nurture and empower UAE nationals. The Mustaqbali Programme is a great initiative that answers to both this mandate and our desire to promote innovation. As a highly successful product of the Government Strategic Innovation Model, I’m positive that this initiative will help us in optimising our performance to support the achievement of Vision 2030.”

The launch of Mustaqbali, which means ‘my future’ in Arabic, makes Abu Dhabi UPC one of the first government agencies in the UAE to offer integrated life coaching and careers management services.

The learning programme was developed as part of G-SIM, which uses international standards as a base and provides Abu Dhabi UPC with a model to steer policy towards ensuring that a strong culture of improvement and innovation exists. The aim of the new framework is to “nurture a spirit of creativity” amongst employees by enabling the council to “increase and assess levels of innovation across a range of categories”.

Employees enrolled in the first batch of the Mustaqbali Programme are encouraged to identify their strengths, development areas, and readiness for future leadership positions within Abu Dhabi UPC. The scheme is run in partnership with a global talent-management consultancy to ensure access to international best practice.

At present, 16 UAE national managers are working through the programme with the full support of Abu Dhabi UPC’s executive management.

Yousif Al Fahim, infrastructure planning manager for Abu Dhabi UPC’s planning and infrastructure sector, detailed his experiences of the scheme. He explained: “Having joined the UPC as a graduate, I’ve benefitted from a range of training programmes over the years. However, Mustaqbali has been the first programme to provide me with comprehensive personal and professional development. It has reinforced the importance of maintaining a work/life balance in order to reach my full potential”

On completion of the training programme for managerial levels, the second phase of the initiative will involve the training of senior associate-level employees, with course components being individually tailored to suit the needs of each UAE national.

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