By Ed Attwood
President of UAE says country has now fully recovered from global crisis
Education and the development of young people are at the top of the government’s agenda, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE has said.
The speech by Sheikh Khalifa was published by Diraa Al Watan magazine to mark the 39th anniversary of the UAE’s independence.
“Last year, the highest portion of federal budget had been set aside for education. We had our eyes fixed on educational programmes and plans for the development of education,” the UAE president said.
“The government is working hard to achieve social development, to improve quality of life and to realize its developmental goals through a comprehensive national vision that aims to provide excellent educational standards, adequate housing and world class healthcare services in a sustainable environment.”
Sheikh Khalifa also praised the resilience of the UAE economy, which he said has fully recovered from the aftermath of the global financial crisis.
He attributed this success to modern infrastructure, the attractive investment environment and the advanced banking system.
“A national strategy must be adopted to care for the youth, to encourage sports and to promote youth centres and public libraries, to utilize spare times in useful activities, to develop the skills and to instill the culture of openness and acceptance to the others,” Sheikh Khalifa added.
“It is also important to expand cultural activities and to encourage arts, science and intellectual creativeness.”
The president also said that he was extremely proud of the achievements made by women in the UAE, who participate vigorously in public life and who are capable of playing more roles.
While Sheikh Khalifa condemned terrorism in all forms, he also expressed concern over growing Islamophobia, and urged the international community to work harded to prevent insults to Islam.