President Sheikh Mohamed has met a number of the UAE's “most outstanding” high school pupils and reminded them that they are the "real investment" in the UAE's future.
Sheikh Mohamed said he was “privileged” to spend time with the Grade 12 high achievers and their families, at the event at Qasr Al Bahr, in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday.
He thanked pupils and their teachers for all their hard work.
The young people have just completed their school studies and are preparing to take the next step in their education.
"First of all I would like to congratulate you on your great result," Sheikh Mohamed said in a video of the event at Qasr Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, released by state news agency Wam. "You have made your families happy and you made us happy.
"We consider this distinguished group in front of us today to be the real investment in the future of our nation. This investment in you has only just begun. God willing, you will complete your journey and specialise in an area that benefits you, your family and your country.
"Without a doubt we must thank your teachers, who put in so much effort into your education. We are honoured that we have families who raise such children. We are fortunate to have them.
"We wish you success and, God willing, you will always bring us happiness. Thank you my children. It gives me great pleasure to meet with you today."
Sheikh Mohamed posed for a group picture with some of the country's brightest and best young talents at the event where he personally congratulated each child on their achievements.
After the event, he posted images of the occasion online, calling it "a privilege".
“I was privileged to meet some of our nation’s most outstanding students and their families,” Sheikh Mohamed said on Twitter.
“I congratulate all recent graduates in the UAE and encourage them to continue their educational journeys, harnessing their skills to have a positive impact on their communities and the world.”
The UAE leadership has stressed the key role the next generation will play in the nation's development.
Last month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, made surprise phone calls to top-performing high school pupils before nationwide results were announced.
Sheikh Mohammed also congratulated the top-eight learners across the UAE on his Twitter account.