Positive thinking key to UAE’s success: paper

ABU DHABI, 11th February, 2015 (WAM) — A UAE paper has said that the government has showcased its plans to promote active citizenship and positive patriotism at the second Government Summit this week. Successive leaders and ministers made clear that the government can guide, educate and offer training and skills, but ultimately it has to trust its young people to voluntarily contribute to their society and play their own part in helping to develop the nation.

“The people of the UAE are its real wealth,” said His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. “It is important to be proud of our sense of national belonging and unity.” “Speaker after speaker referred to the exciting way the UAE’s young people were eager to take up their responsibilities and accept the challenge of helping society and the nation prosper,” said Gulf News in its editorial today.

The UAE government’s commitment to do everything that is required to allow the citizens of the country to develop to their full potential is at the core of its self view of its whole purpose.

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, spoke of the success of the UAE’s young people in being so positive about accepting the rapid changes in their own country and their awareness that they are competing both in their own country and also globally on the world stage. He and others spoke of the importance of the social cohesion created by willing and active citizenship, which gives the UAE an important strategic aantage at a time of great turmoil as some other nations in the region are collapsing and are in chaos.

“Good education and training are at the heart of the government’s hopes of success. Sheikh Mohamed was blunt in admitting that the UAE had been late to focus on quality education, but was confident that investing in the right kind of education can deliver results within 20 years. The government has developed that vision so that the country’s young people can gain more independent thinking and readiness to innovate, thereby creating the demanding and competitive population that is ready to take the UAE forward,” concluded the paper.