UAE will remain 'firm supporter of the Arab identity of ‎Jerusalem', cabinet says

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The Cabinet said that the UAE will remain a firm supporter of the Arab identity of ‎Jerusalem and of the legal status established by international conventions and the Palestinian people.

The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, stressed that the status of Jerusalem represents the essence of the ‎peace process, which is the main driver for stability in the region and that any breach of this status may ‎open new doors to extremists, state news agency Wam reported.

"Jerusalem, with its Arab identity and its historical and religious identity, is a holy land to people of ‎different faiths. The UAE's position is to establish peace principles with the aim of guaranteeing Arab ‎and Palestinian rights and lasting stability in the region," said Sheikh Mohammed.

His comments came during the UAE Cabinet meeting during which ministers approved the National ‎Strategy for Higher Education, which sets out to build and achieve the highest scientific and ‎professional education standards to serve the UAE’s future generations. ‎


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"We have come a long way from having 40 university students 46 years ago, to 77 public and private ‎universities today," said Sheikh Mohammed.

"We are seeking through the National Strategy for Higher Education to have our ‎universities among the top 100 universities in the world.

"The National Strategy for Higher Education seeks to provide future generations with the necessary ‎technical and practical skills to drive the economy in both public and private sectors. It also aims to ‎prepare a generation of Emirati professionals to sustain growth in vital sectors and compete with the ‎best countries in the world."

The Cabinet also adopted a law on integrated waste management, designed to ‎ensure the protection of the environment and the reduction of damage to people’s health.