UAE youth trumps oil wealth, says Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed urges youth to be serious about their careers and goals

Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s real riches are not the three million barrels of oil it produces every day but the young men and women who will take the country forward, a top UAE leader said in the capital on Wednesday.

This is why Emirati youth should work to gain a competitive education, especially in the sciences and engineering, as the UAE progresses to becoming a non-oil centred economy, said His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He was speaking to a 3,000-strong audience of Emirati university students and government officials at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations. The Majlis, which wrapped up in the capital on Wednesday, was organised to inspire and engage Emirati youth as they plan for their futures.

"The UAE wants to compete with economies like Finland, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore, and I urge you all, the leaders of tomorrow who will take the UAE to a post-oil future, to study how these countries have achieved their levels of growth and development,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

“We do not want to settle for being Number 2, and 50 years from now, we want you all to...Read more...