Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the launch of the FIKR 16 Conference organised by the Arab Thought Foundation in Dubai. This year’s event was held under the title “Repercussions of Chaos and Challenges of the Stability Industry.”

Shaikh Mohammad said: “I was pleased today to be with my brother and friend, Prince Khalid Al Faisal, while attending part of the FIKR 16 Conference in Dubai. The conference aims to discuss the stability industry, as stability is an industry, effort, continuous work, constant development and non-stop advancement. Stability is also a constant action to create life, and a continuous search for a better future for our communities.

“We are pleased with this gathering of thinkers and leaders, and our message to them is to employ their science, knowledge and efforts to develop our communities and maintain our Arab civilisation.

“Change requires us to unify our efforts in every area, to serve the future of our nation and achieve sustainable stability and prosperity.”

Shaikh Mohammad witnessed the opening session of the conference, which was attended by Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, and Shaikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, as well as Ahmad Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, and Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation.

Gheit gave a speech where he stressed that the international system is going through an unprecedented state of liquidity and competitiveness that is close to a conflict between major players, which is a development that has led to the absence of certainty in all international interactions and relations.

Henri Al Awit, Director-General of the Arab Thought Foundation, highlighted the difficult and historical conditions in which the conference is being held, which is unlike any other in terms of severity and gravity.

He added that choosing the UAE to host the conference complies with the desire of the foundation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of its founder, the late Shaikh Zayed.

Present were Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies; Dr. Abdul Atif Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council; Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal; Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future; Dr. Anwar Bin Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz Al Qattan, Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs; Dr. Nabih Shuqum, Jordanian Minister of Culture; Ayman Al Safadi, Jordanian Foreign Minister; Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Dr. Mohammad Ali Alhakim, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).