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Youth, not oil, is the source of hope for UAE, says Sheikh Mohammed

Our real weapon is knowledge . . . and we have to compete with the world, Crown Prince tells majlis

Youth, not oil, is the source of hope for UAE, says Sheikh Mohammed
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday termed youth and not oil as the source of hope for the UAE.

“Progress in this country cannot be made without the youth. It is you, not the three million barrels of oil per day, who are the source of hope of this country, its future and real weapon,” he said addressing the Mohammed bin Zayed majlis for future generations.

“Yours is a journey of a generation for the whole nation. This generation has to work hard and equip itself with science so as to take the lead. You are a significant generation. We are honoured to have you. You are the source of good fortune for your country,” WAM quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying.

Describing the youth as partners in the nation, the Crown Prince said, “We share in its happiness, progress, security, concerns and mission of deterrence. Those who carry the banner now will hand it over to the next generation. This is inevitable. It is the circle of life.

“We have no choice but to rely on quality. Our real weapon is knowledge. Our ambition is to compete with the world's advanced nations such as Finland, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore that have achieved success in human development, education and economy,” he said.

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Veronica Chapman 3 years ago

Absolutely your Highness,. Learning and hard work is the key, I always believe it starts in your early years........reading, writing and arithmetic, sports also is high on the agender, that way you always want to win, and when you loose it makes you a lot stronger and respect your opponents.