To cut down on the expenses of running government offices, Minister of Construction and Infrastructure Dr. Abdulla Muththalib has announced the launch of a significant project to construct a spacious office building starting this year.
The Minister revealed that funds have been earmarked in the state budget for the construction of the new office building. Following the acquisition of a suitable land plot, the design phase is set to commence, with the entire building expected to be completed within a two-year timeframe.
Highlighting the financial strain on the government, Minister Dr. Muththalib disclosed that a staggering USD 13 million is spent annually on maintaining government offices. To alleviate this burden, he emphasized the government’s commitment to relocating offices upon the completion of the new building, eliminating the need for costly rentals that weigh on the state budget. The existing premises, subject to renovations, will serve as a temporary solution.
Notably, many government offices were previously housed in the now-demolished Huravee and Ghaazee buildings, which were deemed unsuitable for use due to wear and tear. As a result, the government is currently shelling out substantial amounts in rent for the relocated offices.
In a historical context, the preceding government had initiated the construction of the Umar Zahir Office Building in Hulhumale’. Presently accommodating three government ministries, this move was part of a previous effort to streamline office spaces and operational costs.