Sheikh Mohammed and prince Hamdan: Young Emiratis will play big role in the future prosperity of UAE

Young Emiratis will play a central role in the future prosperity of the nation, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said during the launch of the National Youth Agenda on Tuesday.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai said the energy, skills and abilities of young men and women were a source of strength.

“The UAE is always at the forefront of efforts to provide for young generations,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“It spares no effort in providing the necessary support to unleash their potential and enable them to explore new opportunities, and to bring up new, qualified generations capable of innovation, creativity and success, for this would contribute to the achievement of our ambitions.”

He spoke with young Emiratis on the last day of the National Youth Dialogue retreat at Dubai Design District, where officials discussed ideas from young people on how they can best be empowered by the Government.

“Through the National Youth Agenda we aim to activate the role of youth in the march of development in the UAE and to provide them with equal opportunities, by focusing on cultivating their skills and unleashing their leadership capabilities,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

The agenda aims to promote youth engagement for economic development, and hopes to encourage youth participation in developing the agenda.

A sense of belonging and allegiance to the UAE will be promoted to create a generation of young people who take pride in their values, culture and identity.

Programmes will be developed to encourage responsibility and a pioneering spirit within the young.

The agenda is split into parts, including a plan to refer policies affecting young people to the Emirates Youth Council for consultation.

Majlises for youth will be set up in every ministry involved with young people to improve services.

Young people will be targeted in media plans and campaigns across the country, and world youth majlises will be introduced to examine best global practices related to youth.

A National Centre for Youth Data, to collect all youth-related data and act as a support for decision-making, will be developed.

An annual Youth Retreat will bring together young Emiratis and the UAE’s leadership to define priorities and agendas.

The National Entrepreneurship Plan, which has 36 ministries, local entities and businesses under its umbrella, is also part of the agenda.

National Youth Centres will be established to promote exchange of expertise. They will include the Youth Innovation Centre, the Youth Media Centre and the Youth Centre for Culture.

The launch of the agenda was attended by officials including Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Ahmed Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Khalifa Sulaiman, director general of the Protocol and Hospitality Department in Dubai.

Ahmed bin Byat, the chairman of Du, told delegates at the retreat yesterday that businesses would benefit from their insights.

“We are honoured to represent the private sector with our participation at this unique national event,” Mr bin Byat said. “We believe that young people have the intellectual and physical energy and the power of transforming creative ideas into reality.”


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