UAE launches major Twitter initiative for youth


UAE launches major Twitter initiative for youth

Dubai - Twitter CEO launched #YouthForGood in the UAE - his first ever trip to the country.

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Published: Tue 25 Jun 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 25 Jun 2019, 11:32 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey visited the UAE for the first time on Monday, launching a major philanthropic initiative, #YouthForGood, together with the UAE's Youth Hub and Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

Commenting on the initiative, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said, "The UAE represents positive change and hope in our Arab region and we are keen to encourage our young people to harness the power of online platforms such as Twitter to create a positive impact on their communities. #YouthForGood is a significant initiative in this direction."

Speaking about the launch, Dorsey said, "I'm delighted to launch the #YouthForGood initiative in partnership with the Youth Hub. At Twitter, our philanthropic mission is to harness the positive power of our platform to make the world a better place and we hope that such an initiative will empower youth by building their media literacy and digital citizenship skills to drive positive change."

HE Shamma Al Mazrui noted, "The #YouthForGood initiative reflects Twitter's potential to impact communities by supporting real time communication across borders and barriers. This initiative gives our youth a chance to organise around a common purpose and unite to create a force for good using the power of Twitter."

The #YouthForGood initiative, the first of its kind in the world, aims to promote the use of Twitter to support humanitarian and social causes and sustain a culture of volunteering among youth in the region and the world. It forms part of the broader global #TwitterForGood campaign, with the philanthropic mission to harness the positive power of Twitter to bring communities together.

Commenting on the launch, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, said "Through our partnership with Twitter to launch the #YouthForGood initiative, we seek to use the platform to channel young people's efforts towards humanitarian and philanthropic work and encourage them to share their stories, achievements and inspirations."

The competition

The competition calls on UAE-based youth to create a greater impact in local communities, whether through civic engagement, volunteering or charitable partnerships.

#YouthForGood will be open to participants of 3 - 5 people over the next three months. The initiative encourages the young people of the UAE to utilise the power of Twitter to launch a creative, engaging and active Twitter account that will fuel philanthropic efforts locally in their community.
The winning team will be awarded with the acclaimed Twitter MENA Award and a Twitter for Good Ads Grant. For further details on how to get involved, people can visit and follow @TwitterMENA.

Dubai royal joins Twitter

To mark the occasion, Sheikh Maktoum launched his Twitter account, posting his first tweet:
"We were honoured today to have hosted Twitter's CEO and cofounder @jack on his first visit to the Middle East and the UAE. I am also pleased to have launched my new Twitter account in his presence."

He added in another tweet, "Dubai and Twitter share many aspects in common. Both stand as open global hubs for people that build bridges of understanding and dialogue among nations and present platforms to nurture youth's energies and creativity."

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