The UAE government has launched four new strategies to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071 project to make the country the best in the world. The 2071 plan launched in March focuses on education, economy, government development, and community cohesion.
At meetings held in Abu Dhabi, 400 government officials discussed ways to achieve the Centennial 2071 goals led by UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said the priorities included building the “best possible education system and establishing a vibrant, diversified economy”. “UAE Centennial 2071 reflects the continuity of a dream shared by the UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed and the previous rulers of our country, and ensures excellence in life, well-being and sustainability for our future generations,” he added.
The strategies are based on the so-called ‘soft power’, which is a common term in the theory of world politics. Conventional ‘soft power’ focuses on diplomatic ways of problem-solving and developing the country from within.
The UAE soft power focuses on the fourth industrial revolution, higher education, and water security. It will include cultural components such as individual identity, heritage, social stability, political climate, cultural openness, and tolerance. This will involve sharing the UAE’s success stories with the world and promote positive messages and communications of the country’s position and values.
The fourth industrial revolution strategy aims to strengthen the country’s position as a leader in technological areas and build a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and future applications utilising physical, digital, and dynamic technologies.
Furthermore, the national strategy for higher education 2030 aims to give future generations the best scientific knowledge complying with international standards to create a generation of Emiratis to lead future growth.
Finally, the water security strategy 2036 aims to ensure sustainable access to water during everyday conditions and emergencies in line with state laws and World Health Organisation stipulations.
The 2071 plan spans five decades and provides a roadmap for long-term government action and a vision for future generations to be implemented in five 10-year phases.