The Ministry of Health, UAE has announced 35 initiatives in public healthcare to be implemented in the next three years. The ministry is seeking to become the regulator of healthcare services under the new health strategy for 2008 to 2010, which includes unifying healthcare policies and offering more medical specialties. The plan aims to ensure medical services to all UAE nationals and residents, promote best international practices, enhance preventive medicine to combat the spread of epidemics and infectious diseases, increase the community’s awareness of services and how to benefit from them. The initiatives include building an electronic network connecting hospitals and healthcare centres in the UAE, building a medical archiving system and national health database in association with the UAE e-Government, and developing a comprehensive training programme for health staff. The ministry’s ultimate objective is to lay the foundation for sustainable development within the healthcare sector, which follows international best practices. Public hospitals are expected to become self-managing by 2010 with operational and financial independence.