Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai, was shortlisted for the 2010 World Mayor Prize

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Comments in support of
Hussain Nasser Lootah
Director General of Dubai (UAE)

The finalists for the 2010 World Mayor Prize were chosen on the number of nominations received and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish a representative selection of comments received about Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai, UAE.

Comment: HE Hussein Lootah has demonstrated great efforts in supporting noble causes, whether in the field of health, environment, or even urban planning. HE Lootah has extensive knowledge in this area and has been passionate about these subjects, especially the environment and health for his entire career. He deserves to be granted this award. (By Aisha M)

Comment: He has achieved tremendous changes in managing the Municipality of Dubai, he has managed to achieve 100% e-services for the 500 public services provided by Dubai Municipality and he has worked closely with the customer and the community members to achieve their delight towards the municipality services. He managed to maintain and improve the municipality services and adopt the tremendous increase in the population of Dubai including the citizens, the residence, and the tourists and managed to provide the success factors for the booming economy in Dubai during the last 4 years covering the various sectors of business. He has managed the municipality departments to increase the greenery areas in the city and worked with the international bodies to participate in the reduction of the thermal radiation and has launched several green concepts in Dubai to protect the city and the world such as green building, green roofing, green zones. Dubai Municipality has managed to increase the customer satisfaction from 69% in 2006 to 82% in 2008, to 88% in 2009. (Khalid A)

Comment: Dubai is considered as one of the cleanest cities in the world, although we are living in a very hot country where the tempeture can reach 48 C, while you driving you will just see trees and flowers around you! Which is really amazing. Lots and lots of projects tuning on and we consider as one of the fastest growing country of the world. (By Maryam H A)

Comment: Mr. Hussain Lootha is an extremely smart engineer with a vision to make DUBAI an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of living to the multi-nationality residents of the city (By Mohammed K)

Comment: Mr. Lootah has always supported environmental projects of Dubai Municipality. one example is in 2008 when the Municipality tendered the a project for a new medical waste treatment facility. He supported the choice of the Environment Department for an offer of 22 million Dirhams despite the fact that other offers were much less expensive (about half the price). his reason was that ensuring the quality and safety of waste treatment is far more important than money. it was a brave decision. (By Naji A)

Comment: Mr.Hussain Nasser Lootah is open minded person with tremendous leadership capability, ver experienced and higly respected professsioonal able to take right decisions in any field and circustances. (By Jozef)

Comment: Am from Sudan & staying in Dubai for more than 10 Years where i have seen the place how it was & how it became under supervision of this man,invironment /Transport / toursim / education in all other sector where UAE peopel respect other who is jioning with them to build the amizing city. The behavior of this man & how he will meet you while his house & office door is open for all at any time lestin / working in scilent way talking to children / fathers he one of our dubai family. (By Nazar A)

Comment: Hussain Nasser Lootah's dedication to improve the infrastructure of Dubai, His great ambtions to make Dubai rival the biggest cities in the world, he works hard to issue the green law to the buildings save energy. (By Latifa A F)

Comment: He is doing all his efforts to make Dubai a green city with clean environment. (By Mhtalab)

Comment: The mayor of dubai deserves to win this year for many reasons that includes:
1-a successfull strategic planning.
2-obtainning several regeonal&international awards for dubai.
3-making dubai one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
4-introuducing many environmental regulations. (By Almarri)

Comment: As a citizen I really appreciate what Mr Hussian had done for Dubai. I can see his achievements all over Dubai. (By Nesma)

Comment: Mr Lootah is one of the best municipality directors in the world.The simplest proof for that he is on top of Dubai municipality (the role model city of the 21 century in the world). He is the only one to be World Mayor 2010. (By Saleh J)

Comment: I believe that Dubai is the best city in the world.1.nice people.2.good medicare areas everywhere.4.tasty food from different restaurants.5.healthy environment for investments.6.beautiful beaches and parks around.7.the best place for shopping.8.the best place for relaxation. (By Tarek)

Comment: I appreciate mainly his achievements in enviroment protection and particularly the implementation of green buildings regulations in Dubai. (By Amer)

Comment: Mr Hussains dedication and hard work are evident in the way the world sees Dubai today. (By Fahas A)

Comment: Dubai Municipality was key in improving the quality of life in Dubai during the largest real estate boom in the region's history. That could not have been done without dedication and professionalism of DM staff and its head. (By Yousuf L)

Comment: We are so proud and believe that the most worthy of the title World Mayor 2010 will be for for Hussain Nasser Lootah may God bless him. (By Sally S)

Comment: He pioneered the open-door leadership vs. staff infomal meeting where he listens to empolyees directly without any intermediaries.He also combines both the technical knowledge in his respective field of study as well as the leadership competecies thereby allowing him to professionally run Dubai Municipality in city that has become the economic hub for international business.

Comment: His Excellency is a renowned figure in Dubai. He, along with the vision of Governer of Dubai made the city a dream city and a wonderful place to live in. (By Tala K)

Comment: The right man in the right place ... Modest ... Listen to complaints and observations and followed up ... Care about the things ... Attention to staff training and rehabilitation ... Organized in time and do ... Regular field visits to projects focused completion of projects the appointments ... Interest in the environment is too large. (By A A A)

Comment: He is devoted for delivering excellent service to citizens and respond proactively to any request or complain. (By Basem R)

Comment: The Director General manages the 34 department civic body. In its focus on maintaining as much of the development programme as possible in the short term the municipality has done all it can to retain expatriate skilled workers whilst being unable to prevent private companies from making redundancies. Its objective is to retain the skills base within the city in readiness for the global economic upturn. In his earlier posts the Director General was instrumental in implementing the e-government programme which is likely to be completed by 2012 and in strategic plan making. He chaired the UAE Engineers Society form 1992-1996 after playing a leading role in establishing (By Hessa I)

World Mayor

The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. Mayors wishing to be considered for the Prize are asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Winners receive the World Mayor Prize, while the first and second runners-up receive the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010:

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
In 2010: Winner - Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City); First runner-up - Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City); Second runner-up - Domenico Lucano (Riace)