The UAE’ Youth: A Role Model

  • 12 August 2015

For over four decades the UAE’s youth have been receiving considerable attention from the wise leadership and public welfare organizations. Expressing his belief in the youth, Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), once said: “I believe in the youth and the educated ones among them should take up the responsibility. They do not lack enthusiasm, and as long as they are enthusiastic and believe in their homeland, they are able to accommodate and gain expertise. Our experience in this regard has been successful, and what you see now in the UAE is primarily the making of its sons and daughters. We seek seriously to train and educate our young people. It will not be long before that has been accomplished. There are many projects waiting for them, which need their youthful strength and energy”.

Since then, the UAE’s wise leadership has focused much of its attention on the youth, development of their capabilities and providing them with all the means that enhance the chances of fulfilling their aspirations. This is because they are our future leaders, champions of sustainable development, guards of our security and borders, and protectors of the cultural uniqueness of the UAE based on a tolerant Arab-Islamic culture. The UAE’s youth are a role model in devotion and sacrifice for the homeland and its advancement.

Today (August 12) is the International Youth Day when the world and the United Nations celebrate this occasion every year. The youth constitute an important component, around half, of the society and plays an important role in the advancement of their countries. As President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) said: “our care for youth should be the top priority because these young people are the soldiers, employees and future hope”. While the UAE youth now stand on solid grounds and demonstrate sound upbringing, the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on this day warns about the emerging threat of violent extremism in various countries. This is the outcome of the lack of vision that accommodates their aspirations and integrates them into society for national and humanitarian causes.

The UAE’s wise leadership has always been keen on youth upbringing in the best possible way. It takes measure at all levels, from family care to scientific curricula and methods of teaching and other socialization techniques, to ensure that the youth understand the values of patriotism, virtue, spirit of responsibility, tolerance, altruism and respect. This is because youth will be at the forefront facing the threat or challenge the country. The wise leadership seeks to prepare the youth from the beginning, enabling them to participate in the decision making process so that they are ready to take up leading positions in the country.

Perhaps, the engagement of the UAE’s youth in politics, their active participation in the election process and selection of their own representatives in the Federal National Council are proof of youth empowerment. They shoulder their responsibilities by discussing legislation that support their aspirations for the future and meet the needs of the country. In the UAE, youth are the most represented among members of electoral bodies nationwide and those less than 40 years of age constitutes 67 percent members of the Electoral College.

Youth are indeed the backbone of progress in society. The nations that rise are those which invest in improving the capabilities of their youth and using them in their advancement. The UAE’s wise leadership is aware of this fact. Youth has been one of the main pillars of the empowerment phase launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2005, which aims to provide citizens with all the necessary elements to become more engaged in social, political and intellectual life.