Qasim Sultan Al Banna has a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, during which he held various positions in Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates. He started his career as Assistant Engineer, he was promoted to Assistant Director of the Technical Sector, and progressed successively to the posts of Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Director General of the Municipality.
As a result of his strong leadership qualities, he has succeeded in transforming Dubai into a highly efficient city. UN-HABITAT has granted the honorary record of the program to Qasim Sultan in 1994. He was selected as the first Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Human Settlements Program in the Arab States In 1998.
In addition, other international awards have honoured the high levels of performance in Dubai Municipality. The Municipality has received numerous awards from the Arab Towns Organisation in various fields including environmental protection, preservation of urban heritage represented in historical buildings, as well as the Organisation of Islamic Capitals and Cities, and the Australian award in waste management field, As well as the 1999 Leadership Award awarded to the Dubai Municipality in New York by the World Council for Community Welfare and the Cannes International Prize for Water and Cities granted by the Mediterranean Water Network and UNESCO in 2001.
In addition to his duties as Director General of Dubai Municipality, Qasim Sultan has taken part in numerous activities including the development of policies, the implementation and management of government functions such as membership in the boards of several organisations and unions, as well as active participation in non-governmental activities such as cultural and sports activities such as the presidency of a sports and cultural club in Dubai .
Director General of Dubai Municipality (1993-2006)
Member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai
Chairman, Board of Director Department of Health and Medical Services (2001-2005)
Member of the Development Board (1994-2000)
Chairman of Development Board (2001-2004)
Member of General Secretariat of the UAE Municipalities (1992-2006)
Member of UAE Federal Environment Authority
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving Living Conditions.
Member of the Board of Directors of the UAE Standards and Metrology Authority (1982-2006).
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group 2003.
Member of Administration Council of the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities in Saudi Arabia (1992-2006)
Member of the Executive Office of the Organization of Arab Cities
Chairman of the Organization of Arab Cities (1994-1997)
Host and co-chair person of the Dubai International Conference on Best Practices organized by Dubai Municipality and the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS) in November 1995.
Member of the United Nations General Advisory Committee, which includes eminent personalities during the Habitat II Conference (June 1996).
Chairman of the closing plenary session of the World Congress of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) held in Mauritius in April 1997.
Head of the delegation of the World Council of Cities and Local Authorities to the dialogue session with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in New York (April 1997).
He was selected as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Center for Human Settlements in 1998.
Membership in the United Nations Advisory Committee on Local Authorities – UNACLA (2000)
Chairman of the UAE Basketball Association (1996-2000).
First Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee.
Chairman, of Ahli club (1974-2006)
Habitat Scroll of Honor (1994)
American Business Council, Dubai, Award (1997)
Environment Award (2001)
Alexandria University Award for Regional Leadership (2005)
The Dubai Municipality, under his management, received more than 80 Arab and international awards between 1988 and 2006 from regional and international organizations in various fields of environment, culture, urban heritage, gardens, parks, landscaping and others.
He wrote weekly articles in Al Bayan Newspaper until 2009, currently he is writing articles from time to time on his website www.qasimsultan.com. He has written many books, including The Years of Construction and Transformation, Dubai from A small Village to A global City which was translated into English. He has also published books containing collections of articles he wrote throughout his career on some public and private experiences and his political views.THE YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSFORMATION, DUBAI FROM A SMALL VILLAGE TO A GLOBAL CITY
STRANGE WORLD: A JOURNEY BEHIND DOORS OF LETTERS
ON THE WINGS OF PAPER
DOORS AND WINDOWS
CONVERSATION OF THE PAPERS
STATIONS IN LIFE AFFAIRS AND ANXIETIES