UAE Citizens to Carve Out their Future, Build Well-knit Society

  • 8 December 2013

Responsible Emiratis will successfully carve out their future, actively engage in socio-economic development, and draw on their moderate Islamic values, strong families, and deep-rooted heritage to build a vibrant and well-knit society, a leading political analyst said on Wednesday.

“UAE citizens’ dedication to the common good will keep them alert to global changes that impact our nation. Their proactive and persistent nature will inspire them to shape our nation’s future as active members of society, rising to the challenges that tomorrow hold,” Dr Ebtisam Al Katbi, Chairperson of the Emirates Policy Centre, told the audience at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

Dr Ebtisam, a professor of political science at the UAE University, was speaking of a charter outlining a nationally recognised code of conduct and values for Emiratis.

She said instilling the Emirati values and traditions will help next generations cope with future challenges, especially those of religious extremism, regional security threats and the population structure of the UAE.

Dr Ebtisam said passing on our values and traditions to next generations should be a joint responsibility among the family, schools and other educational institutions,” Dr Ebtisam Al Katbi told the audience at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

The UAE government approved the Code of Conduct and Values for Emiratis last year as part of a series of new educational initiatives aimed at promoting a country-wide civics curriculum.

Dr Ebtisam said the charter aims to develop clearly defined frame for Emirati character to reflect its unique culture and connection to its values, traditions, heritage and its religion, Islam.

The charter will be used in educational and cultural spheres and will help raise generation who are aware of their responsibilities and duties toward the nation, family and community.

Dr Ebtisam said young Emiratis should take charge of their path with the confidence to map out a productive and fulfilling future for themselves and their nation.

“In their professional lives they will prove that the route to success lies through personal commitment, dedication and a strong work ethic. Satisfaction and motivation will reward their self-reliance and initiative,” she said.

Dr Ebtisam advised young citizens that at the heart of every Emirati’s ambition should be a profound awareness of duty towards their nation. “Through this deeply held commitment, personal success and prosperity will grow hand in hand with moral responsibility. Emiratis will reinforce this noble and socially responsible dimension of the national character through greater participation in society.”

Dr Ebtisam stressed cohesive and prosperous families will form the cornerstones of society, embracing the traditional values of marriage, continuing to empower women, and maintaining close ties between family members to ensure their rightful role in society.

The Cabinet has also approved a resolution directing the Ministry of Education to integrate a history course on the founding fathers into the national curricula. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research was also ordered to introduce Emirati studies as a mandatory subject for all graduates from national and private universities.

The new subject will include studies on the UAE’s history, culture, geography, laws and regulations.

Dr Ebtisam stressed that dialogue among children, parents and grand-parents should remain strong to ensure that Emirati identity thrives and flourishes through the passing of traditions from generation to generation.

“Senior citizens will maintain their distinguished and respected place within Emirati families and society, serving as influential role models and protectors of tradition. Their central presence serves as a constant reminder both of where we have come from, and of where we must go,” Dr Ebtisam said.

Dr Ebtisam suggested a committee made up of representatives from the government, institutions and the private sector to follow up implementation of the charter.

“Team works from every governmental and non-governmental organisations should set plans with timeframes for implementation and they must stick to these deadlines,” she explained.