Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Lecture Series No. (711) H.E. Al Nazari: “The UAE’s Wise Leadership Pays Great Attention to Youth Issues”

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) held a lecture titled ‘Investing in Youth Potential’, delivered by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Nazari, Director General of the Federal Youth Authority, UAE, in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR complex in Abu Dhabi on Monday, November 18, 2019.

H.E. Al Nazari began his lecture, which was attended by an elite group of media professionals, specialists and intellectuals, by extending his thanks to H.E Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR. He stressed the great role the Center plays in serving society by discussing vital issues of interest to all, pointing out that as a significant part of society, the country’s youth represents its future. H.E. Al Nazari also said that the ECSSR has become, through its various activities and programs, a prestigious scholarly institution, of which every Arab citizen is proud.

H.E. Al Nazari then explored the efforts the UAE exerts to empower young people, by developing advanced strategies and creative initiatives to support them and meet their needs. The state works, through the concerned authorities and institutions, to promote the role of young people in various sectors and to enhance their entrepreneurship. It also aims to encourage youth, from all over the UAE, to take part in different programs that provide opportunities to contribute, ensuring they remain connected to their government.

His Excellency pointed out that nurturing the youth is an investment in human capital, the most precious wealth of any country. He added that the UAE presents an inspiring model in the way it addresses young Emiratis and harnesses their capabilities through various mechanisms, including youth councils, which are platforms where young people can interact on social issues and participate in public life.

H.E. Al Nazari stressed that emphasizing youth issues in the UAE is in line with the country’s vision that seeks to empower them, enhance their role in various spheres of life, and provide opportunities that allow them to shape their future and that of their country. The UAE has high hopes that its youth can confidently occupy leadership positions worldwide, in various advanced fields. H.E. Al Nazari explained that the UAE’s leadership places great importance on enhancing youth participation in public life, considering it an essential mechanism for individual development and the acquisition of leadership skills that allow young people to play an active role in community service. His Excellency described how the UAE’s tremendous efforts to empower its youth have yielded significant results, including the creation of countless opportunities for young Emiratis to benefit from excellent education and leadership roles, in order to serve their society.

H.E. Al Nazari explained that the Federal Youth Authority is playing a leading role in supporting the nation’s youth, who account for more than half of society. The Authority strives to establish a unique model for youth empowerment, building a strong bridge of communication with the UAE government, in addition to continually listening to and interacting with the youth, regardless of the challenges. H.E. Al Nazari also stressed that the Authority seeks to invest in youth potential through various mechanisms, including providing an environment that motivates young people to showcase their abilities and skills. He pointed out that the Federal Youth Authority has adopted focus group discussions as a vital tool of communication with the youth, to understand their views and perspectives on various issues. So far, the Authority has held more than 200 focus group discussions.

At the end of the lecture, H.E. Al Nazari highlighted how National Service has had a major impact on building the character of Emirati youth, developing their skills and consolidating their national identity. It has also played an enormous role in enhancing loyalty to the nation among young people, and instilling a deep-rooted value system in their hearts and minds.