Ministry of Public Works was inaugurated on April 1st 1972 after receiving tasks that were previously conducted by the bureau of development. The ministry was tasked to execute headquarters building projects for all ministries, as well as road and ports works.
The ministry of housing and town planning role is to prepare housing and town planning studies and projects, develop the terms and specifications of federal housing projects, award tenders, sign contracts with contractors and consultants, supervise the execution, handing over of allocated amounts of payments and coordinate with and give technical advice to the UAE local administrations.
Merging ministry of public works and ministry of housing & town planning
The federal decree no. (1) for 1977 called for the establishment of the UAE council of ministers under the presidency of his highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashed Al-Maktoum. The decree called for the nomination of public works and housing minister.
With work development and the tremendous increase in projects being executed, the organizational body of the ministries was restructured to cope with work requirements. A number of ministerial decisions were made on internal organization and distribution of specialties in a manner to achieve the ministry objectives, and enable it to exercise its tasks and responsibilities stated by the federal codes and regulations derived from the constitution.