“2020: Towards the next 50” will see the country prepare for the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations and beyond…

UAE leaders have announced that 2020 will be the year of preparation for the country’s next 50 years.

The year, branded “2020: Towards the next 50”, will “involve all segments of the UAE society in shaping life in the UAE for the next 50 years and preparing for the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations of 2021” according to a statement from Dubai Media Office.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Ruler of Dubai took to social media to make the announcement, alongside H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

In a series of Tweets, Sheikh Mohammed said that “50 years ago, the founding fathers shaped our life today, and next year, we will shape the coming five decades for the future generations.”

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The Dubai Ruler further added that next year the UAE will make ambitious steps in sectors including the economy, education, infrastructure, health and media.

He also ordered the creation of two new committees to action the 2020 vision.

The first committee, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, is tasked with building a comprehensive development plan for the next 50 years.

The second committee, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be responsible for organising mass celebrations across the UAE to celebrate the country’s 50th year. The Emirates’ golden jubilee celebrations will be one of its main focuses, though the committee will also be tasked with creating a detailed record of the UAE’s achievements and milestones since its formation in 1971.

Sheikh Mohammed asserted that “we want 2020, the year before our Golden Jubilee, to be similar to 1970 when a new journey was being drafted for this nation.”

Concluding, the Dubai Ruler said, “I lived through the formation of the union in 1970 and I will oversee the formation of the next five decades in 2020.”