Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with youth
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (centre front) with UAE youth Image Credit: Twitter/@MohamedBinZayed

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on International Youth Day (August 12), today, praised the young women and men of the UAE, placing his trust in their abilities to carry forward national development.

In a tweet, he said: “The youth of the UAE inspire us more each day through their continued success in all fields. On International Youth Day, we reaffirm our commitment to empowering the young women and men of the UAE and place our trust in them to work hard and to lead our country into the future.”

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also described Emirati youth as the fuel of the nation’s prosperity.

Sheikh Mohammed tweeted on the occasion of the International Youth Day, saying: “UAE youth are the driver of our prosperity. Emirati youth are the guarantee of our future. Emirati youth are the protectors of our home. Whoever does not bet on youth will be the loser but who bets on them will be the winner.”

Youth delegation

On Friday, the President received at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis a youth delegation representing various entities.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed exchanged friendly talks with the delegation’s members and congratulated them on the occasion of International Youth Day.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that young people play a pivotal role in addressing challenges, achieving progress and shaping the future of communities, urging them to preserve the traditional values and principles of the Emirati community.

He then pointed out that the country has entered a new era of history, highlighting the many challenges faced by the world.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that nations are not built with money, but rather with people, leadership and wise and honest visions, as well as the correct reading of the future and appropriate decision-making, adding that youth are the builders of nations, and generations hand over the process of development to younger generations.

“I am raising this issue to highlight the components of success for any generation, which consist of raising the generation, the most important factor, followed by education and working to prepare good leaders,” he said.

The youth delegation included volunteers from the Emirates Foundation, the National Experts Programme (NFP) and national youth councils, as well as various government authorities.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region; Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President.