The participants were all under 30-years-old.- Supplied photo
Abu Dhabi - A total of 5000 Emirati men, women and students from all walks of life gathered for the largest-ever youth circle.
Abu Dhabi Police has broken the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest 'Youth Circle' tackling internet security and cybercrime on Sunday.
A total of 5000 Emirati men, women and students from all walks of life, as well as Abu Dhabi Police men and women from different sectors, gathered for the largest-ever youth circle, at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City.
The world-record event was attended by Major General, Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Major General Maktoum Al Sharifi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Police, Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and other governmental officials.
Participants, who were all under 30-years-old, had the chance to ask crucial questions during the session, including questions on how parents can ensure the safety and security of their children while they are on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.
One young Emirati woman raised an interesting question on how internet users can make the most of the beneficial and intellectual aspects offered on social media and on the internet, while ensuring they do not fall into the addiction trap of the online world.
Major General Al Rumaithi said insuring the safety of all individuals in the online world is one of the top priorities for the Abu Dhabi Police, which is why the Youth Circle was held on Sunday, in order to raise awareness and enhance cyber security, particularly among young people.
"The Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council seeks to harness all potential resources and invest in young minds and empower them by adopting their ideas and initiatives aimed at solutions, which ensure the continuation of developing mechanisms that strengthen security."
He said that he found many points, which were raised by young men and women during the youth discussion, particularly interesting.
"We are all one team, we are all one hand, and we need to work together," added the Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police.
Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, said raising awareness among all those who use modern-day technology is imperative.
"Cyber security is an issue which concerns us all. It is a concern to our future and a concern to our country."
"Technology lives with us all, so it is crucial that we learn the different ways that we can protect ourselves and our families from the dangers found online."
The event was also attended by Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), as well as Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).