The Emirates Foundation on Tuesday kicked off its fifth annual Youth Summit in Ras Al Khaimah to provide a knowledge-sharing platform and an opportunity to learn about the latest thinking in youth empowerment and development.
The summit, held with the theme ‘Guide-Empower-Future Leaders’, was inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, managing director of the Emirates Foundation, and a wide array of participants, from the government, youth and social investment sectors, attended the summit.
Shaikh Saud during his opening speech emphasised that the youth are the “real wealth of our country and that it is our national duty to invest in their highest potential and empower them to contribute towards the sustainable development of our great nation”.
“The youth today have the ability and strength to make tangible impact on our nation and we are committed to support, train and empower them to take on leadership roles and learn from the experiences of their peers and leading role models and excel in what they do and contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” Shaikh Saud said.
The two-day summit this year aims to give the youth the platform and opportunity to hear, meet and interact with top leading executives and officials from across public and private spheres across the UAE, thereby upgrading their skills and enriching their knowledge and networks to support their ideas, aspirations and ambitions.
Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun said on the opening day of the summit that attracting, developing and empowering youth is an essential ingredient to the advancement of our nation.
“Putting in place strategic and focused youth development models is not only essential to accelerating progress, but will also contribute to our country’s growth and competitiveness. The summit’s architecture and session structure this year have been designed to mobilise, engage and empower the youth from across the UAE to take an active part in the Emirates Foundation’s programmes with the aim of enabling them to rise to the next level of leadership and maximise their potential,” Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun said.
Youth and volunteers of the Emirates Foundation further had the opportunity to showcase their expertise in areas ranging from volunteering to innovation and social entrepreneurship, giving prospective youth a deeper insight into the impact of the foundation’s programmes and inspiring them to follow in their footsteps.
The Think Science stand gained a lot of traction from science students who had the chance to meet and interact with Think Science ambassadors and learn about the opportunities offered to them to further develop their scientific ambitions.
Source: Gulf News