In pictures: Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed and Mohamed bin Zayed opens unique youth centre
The centre comprises areas for journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, programmers and gamers, and has an annual calendar of events and programmes.
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, together with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated a unique youth centre that offers all-inclusive services for young people below the age of 30. The centre comprises areas for journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, programmers and gamers, and has an annual calendar of events and programmes. Youth below the age of 30 have taken the task of designing the centre. It includes meeting rooms, areas allocated for youth projects, a library, a theatre, a workshop, and a studio for creative productions. Located in Emirates Towers, the centre will provide classes and workshops, besides hosting entrepreneurial projects. It also includes office areas for youth, volunteering and training opportunities, a cafe, and a theatre for youth events. A collaborative brainstorming lab is also in the pipeline for brainstorming sessions that would lead to innovative ideas. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have called for replicating this centre’s model throughout the country. The aim is to develop various forums for the youth that enable them to serve the country, build their futures, and create innovations and projects that will shape the country’s future. On this occasion, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, “We want to prepare the younger generation to lead the process of development. The youth of the UAE deserve the best and we expect the best from them. This is why we have faith in their abilities to create a better future for our country.” His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed hailed the youth centre that is considered an exceptional addition and represents an environment that encourages innovations. He stressed that investing in the youth is essential for the development of the country. “We expect from our youth great contributions to their nation, as they are the source of initiatives and leading ideas, and their contributions make us confident of a promising future. Young people will always be a top priority for President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brother Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” he added. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan toured the centre accompanied by Minister of State for Youth Affairs Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui who supervised the centre’s development, in cooperation with the country’s other youth centres. Also present during the tour wereHis Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.