The paper “ Decentralization in the Municipality of Riyadh” is an actual variant of the case study on management. Each and every state across the world has its own administrative structure owing to the widespread conditions pertaining to the different political, social, and economic development activities of their respective countries. The management environment, whether it is present in the local government, or the district administration in the US, or United Arab Emirates, largely influences the methods used in applying the administrative and local governance mechanism per each jurisdiction. In this particular paper, I will be highlighting decentralization in the Municipality of Riyadh together with its social and economic impact. Riyadh like other capital cities is experiencing unprecedented growth due to different economic activities coming from various sectors of the economy like; communication, transport, trade, and construction among others.
This particular growth is attributed to human migration from less attractive places in the world to this city in search of greener pasture (AUDI, 1983, p. 93). It is due to this background that the Riyadh secretariat was challenged to devise a long term measure that would eventually curb the menace arising from increasing population growth.
The secretariat then decided to launch the Riyadh Municipality that would assist various state agencies to implement their development plans at the grass-root level. Some of these development initiatives entailed establishing; diplomatic quarters, government palace, King Khaled international airport, Real estate development fund, water, and sanitation among others whereby these projects co-operate hand in hand with the Maonmanp to raise their capital (UCLG, 2008, p. 207; US. FBIS, p.93). Functions of the administrative secretariat of the city of RiyadhEstablishing the supreme body which is mandated with the development of the city of Riyadh in 1394 AH (1974 AD) and the formation of the council in 1395 AH (1975 AD) which was under the chairmanship of Governor of Riyadh, he had a deputy and a secretary.
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