Hamdan bin Mohammed assesses future plans of Young Arab Leaders, reviews its 20-year milestones

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Honorary Chairman of Young Arab Leaders (YAL), affirmed that enhancing the leadership and influential role of youth, as well as empowering them with the necessary tools and innovative skills, are key pillars of growth in Arab countries.

These pillars are essential for successfully achieving comprehensive development plans and implementing future visions and strategies, His Highness said.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed made these remarks during a meeting held to review the key milestones of Young Arab Leaders, which was established 20 years ago in 2004. He emphasised that the initiative reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, regarding the importance of empowering Arab youth and developing young leaders capable of making a positive impact on society and vital sectors.

Sheikh Hamdan said, “The Young Arab Leaders initiative, which was launched in 2004 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has successfully established the largest network of its kind, comprised of a distinguished group of influential, inspiring, and entrepreneurial members who can guide Arab youth in driving development in their communities, encouraging them to excel in their respective fields, and capitalising on future opportunities.”

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on YAL’s current plans and future initiatives, which aim to further widen the organisation’s scope of work and expand the number of participating members across various sectors. He discussed the initiative’s most notable achievements in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, developing leadership skills, and unlocking the potential of Arab youth over the past two decades.

Sheikh Hamdan underscored the need to expand the initiative’s scope, increase membership, and attract the best promising Arab talents and skills in its next phase. He said, “The Programme attracted 15,000 young leaders from 22 Arab countries to its network, and our goal is to increase this number to 50,000 in the near future.”

This aligns with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform the non-profit initiative into the region’s most prominent Arab network for young future leaders. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan emphasised the importance of sustainable initiatives in institutionalising the process of designing the future.

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