UAE’s theme for 2020 announced “2020, towards the next 50”

UAE's theme for 2020 announced “2020, towards the next 50”

With 2020 right around the corner, UAE welcomes a world of possibilities to its horizon. With 2019 celebrated as the “Year of Tolerance”, highlighting the importance of UAE as a global capital for tolerance, instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities. For the sixth year in a row, UAE will identify a theme for the upcoming year and UAE leaders have announced the theme for 2020.

Next year will witness the biggest national strategy to prepare for the coming 50 years, 2020 has been dubbed “2020, towards the next 50”.

Two committees were formed earlier this year, one to map out the core strategy for the 50-year development plan chaired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, is tasked with building a comprehensive development plan for the next 50 years. Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, will act as his deputy.

While the second committee will oversee the grand celebrations for the country’s 50th anniversary in 2021, chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his deputy will be Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced 2020 to be the year of preparations for the next 50 years on Saturday.

2020 will be a year of national strategy, to prepare for the next 50 years and to prepare for the country’s Golden Jubilee, which takes place in 2021.

A Road to Success:

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid anticipating the new journey that will start with the arrival of 2020, took to twitter:

“We shall develop our plans and projects and reinvent new ideas. Fifty years ago, the founding fathers shaped our life today, and next year, we will shape the coming five decades for future generations.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the UAE is about to mark a major milestone in its “modern history” as it approaches the golden jubilee with “rising hopes and aspirations to strengthen its cultural position in the journey of humanity”.

“With the willpower and unity of our people, we will work tirelessly to achieve our goal in making the UAE among the best countries in the world by the UAE centennial in 2071.”

Economy and Development in Post-oil era

UAE plans to become a Global leader which requires building a knowledge-based economy based on innovation, science and modern technologies, post-oil era.

“Top priority of the national work within the next 50 years will be placed on investing in talents and capabilities, strengthening our system of values based on tolerance, openness and coexistence and preserving our national heritage, customs and traditions. We will also dedicate our efforts to remain at the forefront of global competition and lay strong foundations for the sustainable development of the coming generations.”

“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.”