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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches foundation to promote human development with DHS37 billion endowment
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to develop future leaders and create knowledge-based society in the region.



His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

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His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today launched the 'Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation', a major initiative to promote human development and provide hope and opportunity by investing in education and knowledge-development in the region. His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, made the announcement in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum for the Middle East being held in Jordan.

The Foundation, which will be launched with an endowment of Dhs. 37 billion, aims to open doors for future generations of leaders of the region to shape their future by equipping them with world-class knowledge and education.

The Foundation will source and manage a wide range of initiatives including the establishment of high-quality research programmes and research centres and the provision of scholarships to students to attend leading universities and institutes. It will also support research in universities across the region. In addition, the Foundation will provide leadership programmes for youth in government, the private sector and in non-governmental organizations. Scholarships and research grants will also be given to authors and researchers in the region.

His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, said "It gives me great pleasure to announce a personal initiative aimed at building a knowledge-based society throughout the region.

'The Foundation's mission is to invest in knowledge and human development, focusing specifically on research, education and promoting equal opportunities for the personal growth and success of our youth. The Foundation's programmes are also aimed at enhancing the standing of scholars and intellectuals in the Arab world."

The initiative, the largest of its kind in the region, will put in place the necessary infrastructure to facilitate and encourage knowledge creation and dissemination.

In his speech, His Highness acknowledged the need to bridge the knowledge gap between the region and the developed world.

His Highness said 'the illiteracy that is still rampant in the region's communities limits the region's growth and advancement. He said that the most alarming indicators are the 18% illiteracy in the under-15 age group and the 43% illiteracy amongst females in the region.

His Highness also said that if the goal of creating a knowledge-based society is to be achieved, the levels of knowledge creation need to be increased in the Arab world. According to human development reports, literary and intellectual books published in the Arab world represent only 0.08% of the world's output, less than those published in Turkey alone. For every 100,000 books published in North America there are 42,000 published in South America and only 6,500 books published in the Arab world.

In terms of spending on scientific research, His Highness said, the Arab world spends only 0.02% of its GDP while the developed countries spend between 2.5% and 5%. In the Arab world, for every 10,000 people in the workforce we have 3.3 academic scholars, while the developed world has 110 for every 10,000.

His Highness said that unemployment in the region is 14% and that 15 million jobs are needed right now in the Arab world and 74 million to 85 million new jobs will be needed over the next 20 years. His Highness said that the business environment in the Arab world would need to be improved if these jobs were to be created but there are challenges that will need to be overcome. 'On average, Arab countries ranked 107 out of 175 in terms of the amount of red tape involved in setting up a business and this situation cannot be allowed to continue,' His Highness said.

His Highness stressed that the Foundation will undertake concrete initiatives to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region, thus creating significant new employment opportunities and provide hope for the region's youth.

His Highness said that 'We have a population where half its members are under the age of 20, and it is our responsibility to develop this human capital to the best of our ability. We have the vision and the will to set the stage for the benefit of future generations through the development of this Foundation, which will provide the prerequisites for moving our region forward.'

Well-known role models will also support the initiative, helping to build and sustain positive momentum for development of the Foundation.

The Foundation will be based in the United Arab Emirates and will commence program implementation later this year.
 

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This is all the result of monarchs and dictators who prefer to spend money on their stupid army to make sure that they stay in power instead of putting it in education and infrastructure.I can't believe that the people who live under these circumstances keep watching this instead of protesting on the street,that's the real jihad not blowing up innocent people in the hope to kill one soldier.Some guts does this Makthoum guy has (and other arab leaders) to decide on his one what should happen to his country wealth.Instead of using it right,the guy decided to build 1000 (empty) skyscrapers a year,wtf !
Once I saw his son on tv who thinks he's a prophet or something ! And you can apply it on all the arab leaders,king of Morocco prefers lending and begging money to realize things instead of using some of his own massive fortune.Bouteflikka of Algeria doesn't have any degree,Ben ali of tunisia is a dictator,anti islam and rapes his country every day .Haniyeh of Hamas still doesn't know how the world media portraites the palestinian issue,abbas keeps shaking hands with condaleeza.And many many more ! ! !
 

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.Some guts does this Makthoum guy has (and other arab leaders) to decide on his one what should happen to his country wealth.Instead of using it right,the guy decided to build 1000 (empty) skyscrapers a year,wtf !
Once I saw his son on tv who thinks he's a prophet or something !
Emm... he just donated $10 billion dollars for R&D and you're complaining that he doesn't do anything?

I think it's a wonderful move on his part, and the UAE is blessed to have leaders who act on problems when they find them, instead of just blabbering and stealing money (which is what happens in Western countries too).

We're moving forward, fast or slow, it's forward and your complaints are pointless.

Also, the "1000 empty skyscrapers" are being built with a large percentage of funding coming from foreign/private investors.
 

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This is all the result of monarchs and dictators who prefer to spend money on their stupid army to make sure that they stay in power instead of putting it in education and infrastructure.I can't believe that the people who live under these circumstances keep watching this instead of protesting on the street,that's the real jihad not blowing up innocent people in the hope to kill one soldier.Some guts does this Makthoum guy has (and other arab leaders) to decide on his one what should happen to his country wealth.Instead of using it right,the guy decided to build 1000 (empty) skyscrapers a year,wtf !
Once I saw his son on tv who thinks he's a prophet or something ! And you can apply it on all the arab leaders,king of Morocco prefers lending and begging money to realize things instead of using some of his own massive fortune.Bouteflikka of Algeria doesn't have any degree,Ben ali of tunisia is a dictator,anti islam and rapes his country every day .Haniyeh of Hamas still doesn't know how the world media portraites the palestinian issue,abbas keeps shaking hands with condaleeza.And many many more ! ! !
I love reading posts like yours. Seriously, I am always happy to read them, because it makes me prouder of my nationality and prouder of my country's leaders AND HOW LUCKY AND PRIVELAGED I AMTO BE PART OF A GREAT NATION LIKE UAE or QATAR whether I am citizen or visitor of that country. :cheers:
 

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I love reading posts like yours. Seriously, I am always happy to read them, because it makes me prouder of my nationality and prouder of my country's leaders AND HOW LUCKY AND PRIVELAGED I AMTO BE PART OF A GREAT NATION LIKE UAE or QATAR whether I am citizen or visitor of that country. :cheers:
Ow please,just wait untill the oil run's out,tourist won't come anymore and the dubai hype is over.Then we'll see what a great leader Al Makthoum is.
 

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Ow please,just wait untill the oil run's out,tourist won't come anymore and the dubai hype is over.Then we'll see what a great leader Al Makthoum is.
Hey, are you born Belgian or have you acquired citizenship?

I'm thinking of applying for European citizenship because the UAE future isn't guaranteed. Can you PM me any info you have about the application process in Belgium?

Cheers.
 

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^^ You gotta be joking. I just can't imagine a UAE citizen to give up it's citizenship for a lousy belgian passport. Anyways, good one!
 

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Ow please,just wait untill the oil run's out,tourist won't come anymore and the dubai hype is over.Then we'll see what a great leader Al Makthoum is.
LoL... Heloo?? Why do u think they're building up their tourist industry...? To have something, after the oil dries up... And dubai already has very very little oil... Which will run out soon.. But they're doing well for themselves... Diversifying... But i agree... Maktoum is relatively Really great... But in reality, without being very relative... He's just ddoing what any proper leader should do... His social responsibility.. Which doesn't make him a great leader.. Just a proper leader...
 

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Ow please,just wait untill the oil run's out,tourist won't come anymore and the dubai hype is over.Then we'll see what a great leader Al Makthoum is.
Dubai doesnt have oil anyway :pPP :lol: Smart Boy

Hey, are you born Belgian or have you acquired citizenship?

I'm thinking of applying for European citizenship because the UAE future isn't guaranteed. Can you PM me any info you have about the application process in Belgium?

Cheers.

Go to your nearest EU Embassy and seek application there. :lol: :nuts: :lol:
 

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This is all the result of monarchs and dictators who prefer to spend money on their stupid army to make sure that they stay in power instead of putting it in education and infrastructure.I can't believe that the people who live under these circumstances keep watching this instead of protesting on the street,that's the real jihad not blowing up innocent people in the hope to kill one soldier.Some guts does this Makthoum guy has (and other arab leaders) to decide on his one what should happen to his country wealth.Instead of using it right,the guy decided to build 1000 (empty) skyscrapers a year,wtf !
Once I saw his son on tv who thinks he's a prophet or something ! And you can apply it on all the arab leaders,king of Morocco prefers lending and begging money to realize things instead of using some of his own massive fortune.Bouteflikka of Algeria doesn't have any degree,Ben ali of tunisia is a dictator,anti islam and rapes his country every day .Haniyeh of Hamas still doesn't know how the world media portraites the palestinian issue,abbas keeps shaking hands with condaleeza.And many many more ! ! !
Somethings in this post could be corrected, but alot of it rings very true.
 

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Why did he wait untill now to make such a move,why are suddenly some many islamIc country's changing to tourism?lack of innovation or just lazy to develope something else?Why does everybody find it normal that he and others own several billions?Why isn't he ashamed that oil countries untill now were aware of this problem and tried to solve tis.While non oil countries like Morocco,tunisia,lebanon
have developed a good educational system.I don't doubt that he means it right but why wait untill now???
 

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He said that the most alarming indicators are the 18% illiteracy in the under-15 age group and the 43% illiteracy amongst females in the region.

According to human development reports, literary and intellectual books published in the Arab world represent only 0.08% of the world's output, less than those published in Turkey alone.
Shocking... Pathetic... Shameful...

Yalla Sheikh Khalifa, create a fund for Bahrain too...
 

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Why did he wait untill now to make such a move,why are suddenly some many islamIc country's changing to tourism?lack of innovation or just lazy to develope something else?Why does everybody find it normal that he and others own several billions?Why isn't he ashamed that oil countries untill now were aware of this problem and tried to solve tis.While non oil countries like Morocco,tunisia,lebanon
have developed a good educational system.I don't doubt that he means it right but why wait untill now???
You're right... But better late than never..

But you're right.. The gulf is becoming a bit.. Lacking in creativity... They're going to create problems of over-supply... Like the creation (or attempt at the creation) of Financial Centres in Dubai, Riyadh, King Abdulla Economic City, and Doha... Let Bahrain have its niche... Find your own...

Now Abu Dhabi gets an F1 Grand Prix.. Why? Do we really need two in the gulf?? They probably paid a shit load for it..

Bahrain has the largest aluminium Smelter in the world.. What do u know, Dubai and Abu Dhabi plan a bigger one as a joint project... Qatar creates one... Hello??? Overkill!!

About the 'why now??' ... Its probably the bedouin mentality... People are only maturing, opening their eyes to the world now.. Because they're forced.. By Globalization... etc... A complex combination of many things...
 

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exactly,same with the towers,every state wants the biggest instead they should just invest in education and infrastructure and then there's no need to lure big companys to the region but the companys will be created by the citizens themselves.
 
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