ABU DHABI / WAM
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has launched the UAE Youth Global Initiative to help Emirati youth unleash their full potential to enhance the country’s reputation and spread awareness of its values, heritage and all-embracing development drive.
This came during Sheikh Mohamed’s attendance of a youth circle, organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, on the occasion of the International Youth Day, which is observed on August 12, every year.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed said that youth are a cornerstone of progress and development in any society. He added that emerging nations are the ones who invest in youth, work to support and empower them, and employ their abilities optimally as they are the key catalyst for development and progress of any country.
“We are in a constant race with the world. We can lead the way by investing in science and by building distinctive and inspiring national capacities that take us to the forefront. The children of Zayed are the ones who can take us up there,” Sheikh Mohamed said, during the circle, entitled ‘The Global Role of UAE Youth’, organised at the Al Bahr Palace Majlis in Abu Dhabi.
He also wished them sustainable success in representing the nation, calling on them to continue to acquire more advanced science, knowledge and technical skills to in order to be able to efficiently deal with the requirements of the current and future stages.
Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE’s wise leadership led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan considers youth empowerment utmost priority and spares no efforts to ensure their development and contribution to placing the country on the global competitiveness map.
“As we celebrate the International Youth Day, we recall when our Founding Father Zayed placed full confidence in the nation’s young people. A solid relationship was established, based on unwavering faith in the capabilities of the youth, which has helped make the UAE what it is today,” Sheikh Mohamed said at the circle organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
The initiative aims to revive the role assumed by youth in enhancing the reputation of the UAE and to strengthen the bonds between them and their peers worldwide. It also seeks to support the involvement of the country’s youth in various international events and official missions abroad.
It includes training UAE youth in major international companies to gain experience, holding meetings around the world to review global trends, best practices and the role of youth in ensuring UAE’s competitiveness globally. It also envisages joint initiatives with young cadres from different parts of the world to spread awareness of UAE values, culture and comprehensive developmental drive.
In turn, Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, expressed her thanks and appreciation to HH Sheikh Mohamed for attending the seminar, which comes to reaffirm his keenness to interact with the country’s youth, listen to them and share their hopes, aspirations and ideas.
The youth circle was attended by HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, HH Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, Sheikh Zayed bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.