The Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who serves as Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister, has approved the government budget for 2011 which includes a deficit of AED 3.778 billion (about US$1 billion). Sheikh Mohammed approved the budget law with the spending value amounting to AED 33.684 billion, down from AED35.401 billion in the 2010 budget. The projected revenues are put at about AED29.906 billion, up slightly from the previous year.
About 43 percent of the total public expenditure is directed to infrastructure sectors, which include roads and transportation, civil aviation, airports and tourism. Meanwhile, 24 percent of the total expenditure is directed to the social development sector, which includes the fields of health care, education, housing and culture.
The budget has allocated 11 per cent of total government spending for public service.
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