Sheikh Mohammed calls for UAE's culture sector and Emirati youth to help drive the economy

Vice President and Ruler of Dubai holds talks with members of the newly formed Ministry of Culture and Youth

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has called on ministers to devise a national strategy to harness the potential of the UAE's youth and make the culture sector a key driver of the economy.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai outlined his ambitious vision during talks with members of the newly formed Ministry of Culture and Youth on Wednesday.

The department was established following a Cabinet reshuffle last month.

Sheikh Mohammed urged Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, and Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth, to intensify efforts to support younger members of society.

He said the ministry should develop cultural and innovation-related industries and ensure they contribute to the economy.

"Promoting cultural and innovative products is one of the priorities of the new phase," Sheikh Mohammed said.

"We need to develop the cultural sector so it becomes a key contributor to the national economy.

"We need to have plans and programmes in place, as well as initiatives that incubate Emiratis talents and promote local innovative products.

"We look forward to creating a conducive cultural environment with a creative horizon that places the UAE’s cultural accomplishments on the Arab and international distinctive map."

Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of investing in youth.

"Youth are key to our policies and strategic plans, and our objective is enabling them, refine and direct their talents to translate our vision to build the future of our country," he said.

"The cultural and innovative related industries are an important engine to promote our society. And Youth are key enablers to accelerate the development journey of our nation in every sphere."

The two ministers briefed Sheikh Mohammed on the progress of the national youth strategy.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and Ohoud Al Roumi, Minister of State for Governmental Development and Future, also attended the meeting.