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
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Thu 09 Mar 2017 11:42 AM

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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Last Updated: Thu 13 Apr 2017 06:57 PM GST

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