Video: UAE leaders inaugurate world's best youth centre

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Video: UAE leaders inaugurate worlds best youth centre

Dubai - Designed by youths below 30, it includes meeting rooms, areas allocated for youth projects, a library, a theatre, a workshop, among other facilities.


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Published: Mon 18 Sep 2017, 7:20 PM

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Sunday inaugurated a youth centre in Dubai deemed as the best in the world, with all-inclusive services for people below the age of 30.

The centre comprises areas for journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, programmers and gamers, and has an annual calendar of events and programmes.

Designed by youths below the age of 30, it includes meeting rooms, areas allocated for youth projects, a library, a theatre, a workshop, and a studio for creative productions.

Located in Emirates Towers, the centre will provide classes and workshops, besides hosting entrepreneurial projects. It also includes office areas for youths, volunteering and training opportunities, a cafe, and a theatre for youth events. A lab is also in the pipeline for brainstorming sessions that would lead to innovative ideas.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed have called for replicating this centre's model throughout the country. The aim is to develop various forums for the youth, that enable them to serve the country, build their futures, and create innovations and projects that will shape the country's future.

On this occasion, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "We, my brother His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and I, have directed the replication of the centre's model all over the UAE as youth development is considered a great and comprehensive national mission, and we want to prepare them to lead the process of development in a great nation that is all inclusive. The youth of the UAE deserve the best and we expect the best from them, placing our faith in their abilities to create a better future for our country.

"We want our youth to be the most professional and to have the most noble values. We want them to be accepting of the world and to be proud of their nation. We want the best for our youth and progress and development for our country," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid continued.

"My presence with my brother Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed today at the inauguration of this centre is a message to the youth that they have a great responsibility, and is also a message to all officials to give great attention to young people and to assign them roles to bear a part of this nation's responsibilities," he added.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed hailed the youth centre that is considered an exceptional addition and represents an environment that encourages youthful innovations. He stressed that investing in the youth is essential for the development of the country.

"We expect from our youth great contributions to their nation, as they are the source of initiatives and leading ideas, and their contributions make us confident of a promising future. Young people will always be a top priority for the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum," he added.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed stressed that the national development process has succeeded, due to an environment that encourages the youth and provides the tools to help them innovate and achieve success, while noting that the centre and other youth centres are essential components in this approach.

He also wished the people of the country greater success and encouraged them to work and participate in the journey of giving, for the advancement of the nation.

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