Thursday 1 October 2020
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a project titled ‘Designing the Next 50’, which seeks to involve the public in shaping the future of the UAE.
The project will bring together all members of society to establish the pillars and components of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 as part of declaring the year ‘2020: Towards the next 50’ to develop a comprehensive development plan for the next five decades beyond 2021.
Sheikh Mohammed said, "50 years ago, the UAE’s founders started a mission to involve people in shaping the country’s future that we see today. They started from the desert with ambitions that reached outer space. They gathered and discussed people’s ideas while living in different circumstances with fewer resources, but they were united by the same spirit and extensive efforts that aimed for the summit. Their mission made history and redefined the concept of modern societies."
He added, "Today, we revive the mission of the UAE’s founders. Today, we begin our mission to prepare for the next 50 years that lead up to the UAE’s Centennial. Our duty is to design the UAE of the future for the next generations and to involve our people in this mission just like our founders did. We invite citizens and residents to join us in shaping the future of the UAE."
The project will be overseen by the 50-year development plan committee chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to shape the UAE’s
next 50 years.
As part of ‘Designing the Next 50’ project, a digital platform will be launched to gather ideas from citizens and residents on shaping the UAE’s next 50 years in sectors including health, education, social development, economy, environment, housing, tourism, entrepreneurship, investment, skill development, societal values, culture, family relations, sports, youth, food security, science and advanced technologies.
Various meetings will bring together UAE’s ministers with members of the public who will represent the various segments of the diverse society and capture their aspirations of the future in the country.
Panel discussions and brainstorming sessions will bring public and private entities with the public to work together to develop ideas and recommendations of shaping the future of all sectors and fields across the UAE.
Public and private entities will use interactive tools including remote meetings, surveys and discussion sessions to receive feedback from the public. These tools will capture people’s ideas to help shape the future of different vital sectors in the UAE, namely education, healthcare, sustainability and advanced technologies.
The private sector’s key role in ‘Designing the Next 50’ will be specially highlighted through hosting the country’s national and global companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, startups and entrepreneurs at various events and discussions. The series of interactive events will bring the private sector with the country’s official business sector representatives in a move that highlights the private sector’s pivotal role in driving the economy. ‘Designing the Next 50’ project aims to shape the future of the private sector to enhance its global competitiveness across all sectors.