By Sam Bridge
Committee members discuss the UAE's preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nation in 2021
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has chaired the first meeting of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee Committee.
Committee members discussed the UAE’s preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nation in 2021 and agreed a comprehensive plan to include celebrations, initiatives and events, state news agency WAM reported.
During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah said: "The Golden Jubilee celebrations will acknowledge the past and prepare for the future across new areas for development that empower Emiratis and promote the nation’s advancement, while involving all members of the UAE community."
He added: "Celebrating the UAE’s Golden Jubilee next year is a salute to our forefathers and their vision of the Union’s promising future.
"It honours positive relations the nation has built with the international community, and exalts the culture of a people who believe in their leadership’s values and insights – as instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - with positivity and ambition, turning challenges into opportunities.
"We are working on an integrated agenda that encompasses various national, development, cultural and humanitarian initiatives that involves all members of society, as well as public and private sector bodies, to celebrate this historic moment."
Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, vice chairperson of the Golden Jubilee Committee, said: "Today, the UAE is a model of hope, tolerance, benevolence, and respect for the other, building bridges of human fraternity globally.
"We meet under the roof of Expo 2020, in which the UAE welcomes the world. This is an incentive for the Golden Jubilee Committee to develop inspiring local and international initiatives that narrate the story of fifty years of achievement and highlight the ambitious visions of the next 50 years."
The meeting agenda covered five main items - presenting the general tasks and objectives of the Golden Jubilee Committee over the next two years; coordination and cooperation mechanisms between federal and local government bodies; mechanisms to involve the private sector; assigning a working group to prepare local and international media plans; and assigning a working group to prepare an integrated agenda involving the international community.
Committee members also exchanged talks on how the UAE's embassies can celebrate the nation's Golden Jubilee.
The UAE Golden Jubilee Committee was formed in December, following the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Prime Minister and Vice President and Dubai Ruler.