ABU DHABI // A long-term Government plan aimed at sustaining UAE’s development into its 100th anniversary was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Wednesday.
At a Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai announced the UAE Centennial 2071 plan, which he said is based on a lecture given by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
“Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s lecture has charted a path and laid the foundation for the future of the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, according to Wam, the state news agency.
“Our objective is for future generations in the UAE to live happier lives in a thriving environment with abundant opportunity, more connectivity and global influence.”
During the Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations this month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed told thousands of Emirati university students that they needed to be better than previous generations and to prepare the UAE for the post-oil era.
The centennial plan is aimed at strengthening the country’s reputation and soft power, building Emirati values and ethics for coming generations, and improving the economy’s productivity and community cohesion.
It also includes strategies for diversifying the economy by relying less on oil and focusing education programmes on advanced information technology and engineering.
This will be achieved by developing a government that prioritises the people, invests in education, establishes a diverse economy and promotes tolerance and social cohesion.
All of this with the goal of making the UAE the best country in the world.
Having established a strategy for the country in 2021, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said the centennial plan goes further by providing a road map for the next five decades.
“We must plant the seeds today for future generations to grow and prosper tomorrow,” he said.
“The world is rapidly changing, and we must equip our youth with the new tools, knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving environment.”
Key to the education aims outlined in the centennial plan are encouraging future generations to pursue careers in science and technology, space science, engineering, and health sciences, while ensuring they obtain a global education that includes the teaching of other countries’ history, culture and languages.
“We must plant the seeds today for future generations to grow and prosper tomorrow,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“The world is rapidly changing, and we must equip our youth with the new tools, knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving environment.
“Establishing a long-term strategy based on a vision for happy future generations will guarantee sustainable development and lasting joy for decades in our country.”