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UAE eyes world’s best country crown by 2071

Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Saif bin Zayed on the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched 'UAE Centennial 2071', a long-term government plan based on a recent lecture given by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The plan dissects the UAE of the future, in order to set future generations up for success and prosperity.

The 'UAE Centennial 2071' is a comprehensive government plan that encompasses a national strategy to strengthen the country's reputation and soft power; ensure that government revenue is diversified, relying less on oil; introduce education programmes focused on advanced IT and engineering and consistently build Emirati values and ethics for future generations. Enhancing the productivity of the national economy and enhancing community cohesion are also important aspects of the project.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed's lecture has charted a path and laid the foundation for the future of the UAE. Our objective is for future generations in the UAE to live happier lives in a thriving environment with abundant opportunity, more connectivity and global influence."

UAE Centennial 2071 was launched at a Cabinet meeting attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. The programme focuses primarily on investing in UAE youth, and working toward making the UAE the best country in the world by 2071, the nation's 100th anniversary.

"We have established a clear strategy for 2021; UAE Centennial goes beyond that, with a five-decade vision for future generations that provides the government a clear roadmap for long-term development," Sheikh Mohammed said. "We must plant the seeds today for future generations to grow and prosper tomorrow. The world is rapidly changing, and we must equip our youth with the new tools, knowledge and skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving environment."

"Establishing a long-term strategy based on a vision for happy future generations will guarantee sustainable development and lasting joy for decades in our country."

UAE Centennial 2071 aims to prepare young Emiratis for the future to ensure prosperity, growth and the continuity of the UAE's values. This will create security and happiness, allowing future generations to excel and contribute to making the UAE the best country in the world.

The programme will focus on four main objectives. The first is to develop a flexible government with mindful leadership and a clear vision that prioritises the people and spreads positive messages. The second is to invest in education, focusing on advanced IT and establishing professionalism and ethics in educational institutions. The third is to establish a diversified, globally competitive economy, and the fourth is to consolidate the values of tolerance, social cohesion and respect in society within a comprehensive development plan to make the UAE the best country in the world.

The UAE's centennial 2071 explained

The UAE Centennial is a five-decade vision for future generations that provides the government a clear roadmap for long-term development.

Objectives of the long-term government plan

> To develop a flexible government with a clear vision that spreads positive messages > To invest in education, establishing professionalism and ethics in educational institutions > To establish a diversified, globally competitive economy > To consolidate the values of tolerance, social cohesion and respect to make the UAE the best country in the world.

Four pillars of the five-decade plan

Future-focused government: The objectives of the government, under UAE Centennial 2071, include establishing the government of the UAE as the best government in the world, with a long-term vision and inspirational leadership that anticipates, and prepares for, the future. Other objectives include achieving happiness in society and spreading positive messages internally and to the world, developing mechanisms for monitoring long-term variables in various sectors and measuring their impact on future generations, and establishing Youth Advisory Councils to consider young citizens' perspectives when establishing development policies.

Excellent education: Regarding education, UAE Centennial 2071 highlights the importance of excellent quality of education in ensuring future generations are ready to serve their communities and excel. Certain areas of focus in education include advanced science and technology, space science, engineering, innovation and health sciences. Also included is the importance of teaching students to look ahead and instilling a culture of openness by teaching history, culture, the civilisations of other countries and teaching new languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Other educational measures include teaching students mechanisms for discovering their individual talents early. On the institutional level, educational institutions are encouraged to innovate.

A diversified economy: In terms of the economy, UAE Centennial 2071 seeks to establish a diversified economy by, among other things, increasing the productivity of the national economy, supporting national companies so they may become competitive on the global stage and investing in research and development in promising sectors. The objective is to establish an economy based on innovation, leadership and advanced industries, developing a national economic and industrial strategy that envisions future sectors and places the UAE among the world's major economies. In this regard, another objective is to nurture a generation of Emirati inventors and scientists, supporting their contributions.

A happy and cohesive society: Community development is an integral part of UAE Centennial 2071. Some objectives in this regard include establishing a secure, tolerant, cohesive and ethical society that embraces happiness and a positive lifestyle, and provides a high quality of life (including in health and sports). Investing in people is also important, including consolidating the values of humility and serving the nation through the development of training programmes for students. The pillar also focuses on developing programmes to prepare future generations to serve as UAE ambassadors and role models, as well as promoting women's participation in all sectors, making the UAE one of the best places in the world to live.