Wednesday 12 December 2018
“The UAE has become a role model for development thanks to decades of hard work coupled with dynamic paradigm shifts. The meetings address two key questions: Where have we reached and where are we headed over the coming 50 years.”
-- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
At its Second Annual Meeting in November 2018, the UAE Cabinet agreed to implement the UAE Centennial 2071 plan, which visualizes a strategic direction for the five decades after 2021. It also lays down a clear road map for long-term government work, to fortify the country's reputation and its soft power.
UAE Centennial 2071 seeks to invest in future generations, by preparing them with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to face rapid changes and to make the UAE the best country in the world when it completes 100 years of existence in 2071.
UAE Centennial 2071 is based on four pillars:
Future-focused government: The key objective is to have 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, spreading positive messages internally and to the world, and developing mechanisms for monitoring long-term variables in various sectors.
Excellent education: The plan focuses on quality education encompassing advanced science and technology, space science, engineering, innovation, and health sciences. Educational institutions are encouraged to be incubators of entrepreneurship and innovation and to be international research centers.
A diversified knowledge economy: To be the best economy in the world, essentials include increasing productivity, investment in scientific research and transformational sectors, innovation, entrepreneurship, and advanced industries, and a national strategy to shape the future.
A happy and cohesive society: Community development is an integral part of UAE Centennial 2071, focusing on establishing a secure, tolerant, cohesive, and ethical society that embraces happiness, a positive lifestyle, and a high quality of life. The pillar will also develop programs to prepare future generations to serve as the UAE’s goodwill ambassadors, as well as promoting women's participation in all sectors.