A new youth initiative has been announced by Dubai Government Workshop, aimed at developing the role of young people in the emirate.
The Dubai Government Youth Council will seek to encourage young people’s creativity and innovation, according to state news agency WAM – in line with government directives to empower Emirati youth to be pioneers in building the future of the UAE.
The announcement is part of the National Youth Guide and Agenda, issued by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future. The Agenda seeks to create a positive environment that is open to young people’s ideas and contributions towards achieving the objectives of UAE Vision 2021.
The new council has been given the task of developing the abilities of young people, said WAM, as well as promoting key values, providing a platform to engage with youth initiative decision makers, and forming a permanent link between them and public and private sector leaders.
The organisation is also expected to develop leadership qualities among Emirati you by providing education and support, listening to their opinions and ideas, and helping them apply their learnings in real life situations.
In 2016 the UAE launched the Emirates Youth Council, under the leadership of HE Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs. The council acts as a consultant to the UAE Government on issues related to youth, and is tasked with making recommendations on policies and strategies aimed as resolving youth issues.
Last year the UAE Cabinet also approved the formation of a Federal Youth Authority to encourage young people to get involved in key sectors of the economy.
The authority will encourage creativity and ideas among the country’s young population by coordinating with local youth councils to develop an annual agenda of activities. It will also establish a database of these councils and ensure that their objectives and plans are consistent with the UAE’s youth empowerment agenda.