The new category is the fourth to be added to the wider UAE Government Leaders Programme, which also includes the Strategic Leaders Programme, Executive Leaders Programme, and Future Leaders Programme. The UAEGLP has trained top-tier leaders and decision makers across several government authorities and departments in the country. The new programme, nonetheless, specifically targets the youth segment and is set to be implemented over a period of eight months.
"The UAE Youth Programme reflects the Government’s awareness of the role young people can play in the development projects and the future industry,” asserted Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office. “It is an extension and an upgrade of our efforts to empower and equip our national workforce, all the while honing and directing their skills towards government work.”
The Minister of State explained that the new programme echoes the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and his faith in the youth as the UAE’s primary asset: H.H. had called for training young Emiratis and investing in their talents and potential to fuel the UAE’s progress and its successful sustainable development campaign. “The programme heeds Sheikh Mohammed’s call to spread happiness and positivity throughout UAE society,” she added.
Indeed, the UAE Youth Programme has been developed along six themes: values and ethics, happiness and positivity, creative leadership, science and technology, development projects, and the ideal leader of the 21st century. The themes were inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision, which he narrated in his book: Reflections on Happiness and Positivity. The ‘leader of the 21st century’ theme, in particular, was inspired by the leadership traits of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid himself, who has always prioritised national talents, calling for training and empowering them to cater to the needs of the Government of the Future.
Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Chairwoman of Emirates Youth Council, said that the UAEGLP introduced this new category to its portfolio to adequately and fully prepare the country’s future leaders.
"This makes the UAE Youth Programme the only government programme dedicated to training young nationals in leadership disciplines,” H.E. Al Mazrui noted. “The Emirates Youth Council is happy to be collaborating with the UAE Government Leaders Programme to train a generation of qualified young leaders who can deal with the challenges of the future and carry out the UAE Government’s campaign for holistic sustainable development.”
The UAE Youth Program is designed along six main themes. Collectively, these traits develop excellent leadership skills and expertise among future generations. The themes comprise:
Values and Ethics: This aspect focuses on the importance of moral values in supporting the development of society. Participants in the programme will be taken on a trip to Japan to learn first-hand about the role of culture and traditions in the development of modern countries.
Happiness and Positivity: The programme echoes the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum from his book Reflections on Happiness and Positivity, in a bid to raise a promising generation of UAE leaders.
Creative Leadership: This theme explores out-of-the-box approaches and solutions to face economic, social, and leadership challenges, among others. These approaches are rooted in imagination and creativity, as well as in future-readiness.
Science and Technology: The programme employs cutting-edge technologies to manage the governments and cities of the future. Special attention is given to artificial intelligence (AI) in future forecasting, in addition to information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and knowledge sciences.
Development Projects: The programme encourages designing development projects that prioritise finding solutions to the challenges faced by Emirati youth. It calls for engaging young nationals and involving them in initiatives so that they can play a meaningful role in the UAE Centennial Vision 2071.
Ideal Leader of the 21st Century: The programme equips participants with the necessary management and leadership skills that enable them to efficiently deal with changes and developments. This theme was inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and his forward-thinking leadership approach.
The UAE Government Leaders Programme (UAEGLP) was launched in 2008 under directives from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It includes four categories: Strategic Leaders Programme, Executive Leaders Programme, Future Leaders Programme, and UAE Youth Programme. The UAEGLP seeks to enable government bodies to achieve their strategic objectives, in addition to training a more qualified national workforce. It collaborates with world-class scientific and academic institutions and organises field visits to educate participants about pioneering countries and their best practices.