ABU DHABI, 2nd October, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Arab Youth Centre, said that Arab youth, through their positive energies, are the main engines for creating a better future for Arab communities and countries.
He added that their efforts can achieve overall prosperity and development, which will enable Arab countries to regain their glories and civilisations, and the Arab region to once again become a centre of culture and science.
He made this statement during a ceremony that was held today in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, to mark the conclusion of the “2nd Young Arab Media Leaders Programme,” which was organised by the Arab Youth Centre and was held over 13 days.
During the ceremony, Sheikh Mansour and the programme’s strategic partners awarded its 100 participants, representing 18 Arab countries, their graduation certificates.
“Arab youth can create the best media for our Arab nation, and we are depending on their ambitions, energies and capabilities. We also realised their important role, so, therefore, we have invested in developing their knowledge and preparing and qualifying them to become future leaders. This was and still is a well-established policy of our country, and is a key part of the directives of the wise leadership to provide opportunities for all Arab youth,” Sheikh Mansour further added.
“Today, we are celebrating a future generation of leaders, influencers and pioneers in the media sector, and we are counting on them to employ their new knowledge and expertise in spreading positivity, confronting negative ideas, developing their communities, conveying a bright civilised image of their realities, and motivating their peers to actively participate in creating a prosperous future for their communities,” he stressed while affirming that the programme aims to serve the youth, help them achieve their dreams, and enable them to perform a wider role in developing the media sector.
The ceremony was attended by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Vice Chair of the Arab Youth Centre; Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, along with several media pioneers in the Arab world.
Over two weeks, young media professionals participated in over 60 training sessions, workshops and field visits that were organised by the programme’s 30 strategic partners, which included prestigious media and academic institutions.
The programme, which offered diverse media content for the second consecutive year, involved 120 sessions and completed 360 training hours since its launch last year.
The programme’s sessions also included discussions on diverse issues, such as positively influencing social media and the impact of artificial intelligence on the media.