Dubai: The UAE has, from the early days, started developing extraordinarily skilled generations who are able to make the future based on a clear, forward-looking vision and scientific basis using the best future-oriented tools.
“All these efforts aim to achieve the UAE’s supreme goal of being at the forefront of the world’s advanced countries,” said His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Shaikh Mohammad made these remarks on Thursday while honouring 50 graduates of the first batch of the Future Design Diploma, representing 37 government bodies.
“The UAE has recognised, from the early days, the world’s future trends and challenges and put in place all arrangements to train Emirati future-makers to proactively deal with the rapid development and changes in the world,” Shaikh Mohammad said.
“It is very important to build work teams on future-making foundations, and design solutions and tools necessary to face all prospective challenges in order to lay the foundations for a unique Emirati experience that we could share with the world’s governments, thus leaving an indelible Emirati mark in this field.
“You are the first batch of future-makers in our government. Your responsibility is to spread the knowledge and expertise that you earned in all bodies that you work with and help your colleagues unleash their latent potential to build and circulate a forward-looking model. We need government bodies built on future thinking and practices that exceed the present needs and keep up with future requirements.
“The world’s future will be different in tools, challenges and mechanisms, so the precise scientific outlook will enable us to utilise our potential and powers and design the future that we want for our people.”
The ceremony was attended by Lt-General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as other Shaikhs and ministers.
Launched in November 2016, the Future Design Diploma aims to build a highly capable future-oriented national workforce by launching future-focused strategies and services. The programme seeks to empower leaders to analyse trends, propose solutions, and launch initiatives to face the challenges that may arise in the future and turn them into opportunities.