UAE Plans to Ready Itself for the Next 50 Years in 2020. UAE has announced 2020 as the year of preparing for the next 50 years. The Kingdom’s 50th anniversary also falls in the year 2021, marking 50 years from the historic union of the emirates.
In his tweets, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced and said: “Brothers and sisters. The UAE is approaching its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 and we want it to be the year of fresh-starts and new-beginnings. We will celebrate our country’s 50th anniversary and launch into another fifty. We will get ready for that in 2020. Next year will be the year of preparation for great strides”.
In yet another tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said, “Today, we announce 2020 to be the Year of Getting Ready for UAE’s 50th Anniversary. We will develop our plans, projects and thinking. 50 years ago, our founding fathers designed our lives today. So, we want next year to design the future of generations to come in the next fifty years”.
He mentioned that 2020 will be the year of getting ready and gaining momentum in the economic sector, infrastructure, education, health, and in the media sector. “In 2020, we will work together, Emiratis and residents, in all sectors… We are united and we can change the equations. We can raise expectations… We want 2020’s atmosphere to be similar to that of in 1970 when our founding fathers and their teams were preparing to embark on a new stage and new life” the Vice President said.
He further said, “I was there in 1970, the year of creating the union and will also be there in 2020, overseeing the team shaping the next fifty. There will be two committees. The first one will be chaired by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed and will be tasked with mapping out the development plan of the next 50 years. The other committee will include Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed and Sheikha Mariam Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed to oversee the celebratory activities of the country’s Golden Jubilee”.
“We are one team working in one spirit. We are fully optimistic that we have a promising future ahead,” he concluded.
In the meantime, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also announced that 2020 will be the year of preparing and making great strides towards the country’s 50th anniversary and also prepare for the next 50 years.
Sheikh Mohamed tweeted: “Today, I launched with my brother Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid the biggest national strategy for next year 2020. It will be the year of getting ready for the UAE’s 50th anniversary. It will be a red-letter year, during which we will make great strides economically, socially and developmentally aiming to be the best in the world in fifty years”.
He further added: “In the next fifty years, we will prepare all sectors for the post-oil phase, build a real knowledge economy based on innovation, creativity and modern science, and leave our imprint on the human civilization march. We will lay solid foundations to sustain development for future generations”.
The 50-year development plan committee
Sheikh Mohammed also announced the formation of a committee for creating a development plan for the coming 50 years. The committee, which would be chaired by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi as his deputy, would have main agenda of preparing a complete development plan across the UAE and advancing the government administrative system with an objective to make the UAE the quickest and most adaptable and flexible government to future amendments.
The committee is also responsible for involving various segments of the society in shaping their life in the UAE for the coming 50 years. It would create a new economic map for the UAE and designing exceptional projects, guidelines and policies to make massive leaps in the country’s economy. It would also work to cement the soft power of the Kingdom and establish latest media systems for sharing the country’s new story with the world, thus bringing economic and social yields that safeguard its profits and increase opportunities in the new economy.
The committee is also responsible for developing key sectors such as health, housing, education, transport, and food security in the country to enhance future readiness. The committee would also create a broad vision of the UAE society in the coming 50 years that adapts family life, cultural identity and demographics to a rapidly-changing world.
It is also responsible to foster the ethics of productivity and passion for growth to prepare the new generation for any challenges and goals of the country in the coming 50 years.
Golden Jubilee celebrations committee
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also announced directives to form a committee which would oversee the Golden Jubilee preparations.
The committee, which would be chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and deputy Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, would organize and manage remarkable celebrations to mark the momentous milestone in UAE’s history.
The committee would have a goal to govern the Emirates’ Golden Jubilee celebrations, develop a broad preparation plan and also form teams to organize various events and activities to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary next year in 2021. It is also supposed to involve all the segments of the society for preparing for the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
The committee would also involve the private sector in preparing and executing the exceptional celebrations towards the Golden Jubilee and develop new plans to reinforce the global outreach and effect of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
The committee would also compile a report of the Kingdom’s achievements since the federation and preserve the same for future generations. It is also going to involve embassies across UAE in the preparations and implementation of the Golden Jubilee celebrations for promoting the UAE’s global image.
The committee’s key duties also involve setting broad mechanisms for coordinating events and activities during the Golden Jubilee celebrations on both the federal and local level, creating local and international-level media plans for sharing the country’s journey of 50 years and also invite regional and international media to participate in the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
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