H.E. Ms Noura al Kaabi is the head of human development and twofour54 tawasol and she is one of the most powerful Arab women in 2011 according to arabianbusiness.com. She has kindly agreed to give us her views about the Census.
SCAD: Why do you think the census is important for Abu Dhabi?
Ms. Noura: The census is important for a number of reasons but none more so than the ability of the Government to continue to develop Abu Dhabi into a global capital city while realising its vision of becoming one of the top 5 governments in the world. That ability comes from making strategic decisions based on up to date and accurate information. Decisions about education and healthcare, for example, that contribute to every fabric of society. These are very important for the future of the Emirate. They impact us all so it is very important that people are as open as they possibly can be.
SCAD: How do you think the census data can be used in the future?
Ms. Noura: The information collected will be of great benefit to the Government in the future. It will provide data that helps plan the services and resources needed across a whole range of sectors by all nationalities, UAE Nationals and expatriates, including transport, housing, healthcare and education. It will also be of great value to business organisations, researchers and community groups who will also be able to make use of the research collected.
SCAD: How do you personally feel about the Census?
Ms. Noura: Hopefully I feel the same way as every other resident of the Emirate – proud and excited at being able to play a role in the future of Abu Dhabi. The decisions the government makes impact us all so being able to contribute to that is a great opportunity.