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Dubai RTA in deal to develop youth initiatives

DUBAI, December 27, 2016

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Youth Council to develop initiatives and projects that support young people and engage them in the decision-making process.

Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs cum chairperson of Emirates Youth Council and Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of RTA signed the MoU.

The MoU aims to promote cooperation in launching joint initiatives & projects, and disseminating creativity & innovation culture in managing future projects. the Emirates Youth Council will provide the RTA with suggestions and ideas raised by youth councils, organize brainstorming workshops featuring the participation of Council members and the concerned parties at the RTA, and participate in the events & exhibitions related to youth project management organized by RTA. Pursuant to the MoU, RTA will develop youth-oriented development initiatives related to its own business.

Al Mazroui said:  “Such cooperation comes as part of the joint priorities between the two parties, and is a key step towards empowering youth. The UAE youth boast of high potentials and creative skills that should be utilized in developing the UAE in all fields.”

Al Mazroui reiterated the keenness of the UAE Youth Council to provide young Emiratis with all tools required to unleash their capabilities, as they constitute the mainstay of the UAE’s future. One way to achieve this is to forge such memoranda of understanding with public and private institutions to hone young people’s skills and discover their creative capabilities to the best interest of the Emirati people. This stems from the Council’s firm belief that young talents play a key role in the achievements made by the UAE at various levels.

“The UAE leadership has attached great attention to youth who represent the real wealth of the nation, and provided them with the development-conducive environment to refine their skills in building the nation,” noted Al Tayer.

“The RTA offers many educational and training programs to qualify young Emirati leaders to occupy leading positions at the RTA. The RTA has established a permanent council named ‘Youth Council,’ that comprises an elite panel of young Emiratis to identify the key opportunities and challenges that face youth at the RTA, shape their future, and compile the necessary programs to qualify and ensure the optimal utilization of youth.”

The Emiratization of senior leadership positions at the RTA has topped 96 per cent and Emiratization of middle leadership positions hovers around 83 per cent. Emirati youth aged 20-30 years account for 75 per cent of total Emiratis employed by the RTA; an indicator that youth are entrusted with leading the RTA future drive. – TradeArabia News Service

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