H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched UAE Centennial Plan 2071. It is a long-term, full-vision plan that extends for 5 decades after 2021. It forms a clear map for the long-term government work, to fortify the country's reputation and its soft power.
The plan aims at investing in the future generations, by preparing them with the skills and knowledge needed to face rapid changes and to make the UAE the best country in the world by the next centennial in 2071.
Pillars of UAE Centennial 2071
The UAE Centennial 2071 is based on four pillars as follows:
Future-focused government: The objectives of the government under UAE Centennial 2071 include establishing the government of the UAE as the best government in the world, with a long-term vision and inspirational leadership that anticipates and prepares for the future. Other objectives include achieving happiness in society and spreading positive messages internally and to the world and developing mechanisms for monitoring long-term variables in various sectors.
Excellent education: Regarding education, UAE Centennial 2071 highlights the importance of excellent quality of education. Certain areas of focus in education include advanced science and technology, space science, engineering, innovation and health sciences. Other educational measures include teaching students, mechanisms for discovering their individual talents early. On the institutional level, educational institutions are encouraged to be incubators of entrepreneurship and innovation and to be international research centres.
A diversified knowledge economy: The UAE’s economy is aimed to be competitive and one of the best economies worldwide. This can be achieved by increasing productivity of national economy, support of national companies, investment in scientific research and promising sectors, focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and advanced industries, development of a national strategy to shape the future of the UAE’s economy and industry, and place the UAE among international important economies. Knowledge economy can be achieved by a generation of UAE inventors and scientists and supporting them in technical sciences.
A happy and cohesive society: Community development is an integral part of UAE Centennial 2071. Some objectives in this regard include establishing a secure, tolerant, cohesive and ethical society that embraces happiness and a positive lifestyle and a high quality of life. The pillar also focuses on developing programmes to prepare future generations to serve as the UAE’s goodwill ambassadors, as well as promoting women's participation in all sectors, making the UAE one of the best places to live in.
Its programme includes:
- fortifying the country's reputation
- diversifying the imports and the exports by relying less on oil
- investing in education focusing on advanced technology
- building Emirati values and ethics for the future generations
- raising productivity of the national economy
- enhancing society's cohesion
The plan was based on the lecture given by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the then Crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in which he spoke about the strategies that will guarantee the development and happiness of the future generations for decades.
Updated on 24 Nov 2022