Dubai Ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince reveal UAE's 2020 theme

“2020: Towards the next 50” will improve future readiness and develop the housing, transport, and health sectors

Dubai Ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince reveal UAE's 2020 theme
Dubai Media Office
Dubai Ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince reveal UAE's 2020 theme

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have revealed that the theme for 2020 will be focused on preparations for the next 50 years.

Declared as "2020: Towards the next 50," the next year will witness national strategy directed toward preparing the nation for the coming 50 years, even as the UAE approaches its Golden Jubilee in 2021, according to the state-run Dubai Media Office.

As part of the initiative, the Dubai Ruler has directed the formation of a committee, chaired by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future as his deputy chair of the committee.

The committee has been tasked with building a comprehensive development plan for the next 50 years by involving all segments of the society to shape life in the UAE through the next five decades.

Among the committee’s responsibilities is developing sectors including housing, transport, health, education, and food security across the country to increase future readiness.

It will draw a new economic map for the UAE and developing projects and policies to make "giant leaps" in the national economy.

In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “The UAE approaches its Golden Jubilee in 2021, a new milestone that celebrates 50 years of our young country and begins the journey to the next 50 years. Preparations for our new journey starts next year in 2020. Together, we welcome 2020: Towards the next 50.”

The Dubai Ruler added: “We shall develop our plans and projects and reinvent new ideas. In 2020, we will work on making giant leaps in our economy, education, infrastructure, health, and media to share the UAE’s new story with the world.”

“Given the significant role of 2020 in preparing for an unprecedented developmental leap, the UAE’s readiness for the next 50 years does not start today or next year. Rather, it goes back to the long-term developmental plans, visions and strategies established and implemented throughout different phases of the country’s history. Today, we continue preparing and foreseeing the future and building a strong foundation to meet our goals with full confidence and persistence in a rapidly-changing world."  

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