By Andy Sambidge
UAE to focus on education to emerge from downturn - Sheikh Ahmed.
Emirates Airline chief executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has said education will be at the centre of the UAE's efforts to emerge from the global economic crisis.
Sheikh Ahmed, also chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said the will and belief of its people had strengthened and was "more capable of turning challenges and risks into feasible opportunities economically and socially", he said in comments published by news agency WAM.
In an speech to the India Today Conclave 2010: New Decade; Great Expectations, he said the UAE was seeking to play an "active and influential role in the knowledge-based economy".
"Here education will have the pivotal role which the UAE makes the core of its development plans and strategies at present and in the short and long run," he added.
Sheikh Ahmed admitted that the new decade would see "substantial challenges", adding that the UAE's leaders would continue to strive to "remove all obstacles hindering sustainable development plans and achieve high growth rates".
"Our economy has become diversified and viable without primarily depending on natural resources," he added.
On UAE-India ties, Sheikh Ahmed said he was optimistic that bilateral relations in areas of trade, economy and investment would improve.