The initiative was launched on Sunday, and will continue until June 30, during which the stories of the personalities who have had the greatest impact on the path of the UAE during the first 50 years since its establishment are reviewed.
Subsequent editions of the initiative will focus on the hopes and aspirations of current and future dreamers as we begin our first steps on our journey to the next 50 years.
Upon its launch, the initiative encourages all members of the Emirati community to conduct interviews with “early dreamers” from their own families, and to record and share the stories of those individuals whose aspirations and diligence contributed to building the UAE in which we live today.
Throughout the year, the stories of the “early dreamers” will be shared and celebrated on the digital channels of the 50th year, allowing communities across the seven emirates to learn about and honor their contributions. The stories will also be a source of inspiration for the upcoming fiftieth National Day celebrations.
Commenting on the initiative’s announcement, Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, member of the Committee for the Celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates, said: “We are a people who dream and accomplish, beginning with the first dreamers who contributed to building our country and laying its solid foundation, passing through today’s dreamers of those who work without Tirelessly to achieve their dreams, and even dreamers of tomorrow, and our youth will represent them, who will one day lead our country on its journey towards the future. ”
She added: “With the celebration of the fifty, we draw inspiration from the stories of these dreamers, and we hope through the“ Dreamers Series ”to clarify the names and features of the characters whose ambitions have contributed to writing the success story of the UAE. These dreamers are present in every family, and listening to their stories will help us understand what it took to reach “To where we are today, and it will allow us to recognize and celebrate their contributions as we prepare for our journey into the future.”
For his part, Saeed Al Nazri, Director General of the Federal Youth Foundation, said that the initiative is an ideal opportunity for young people to learn about the stories of the heroes who contribute to building the state, and in all stages of its development, stressing that the participation of young people in conveying these stories is very necessary, as it enables them to understand the past fifty years. And it motivates them to shape the next 50 years.
He added: “Our goal is to create a written record that includes thousands of stories for those who lived through the founding of the state and the stages of its construction, all the way to the progress and prosperity we are today, to be an example for our youth today in work and perseverance in order to achieve the goals of our country in development and leadership in all fields.”
He continued: “The holy month of Ramadan is an ideal opportunity to explore these stories. Therefore, we invite all young people in the Emirates of all nationalities, cultures and religions to take advantage of their time that they spend with their families to learn the stories of early dreamers, and to contribute to their transmission and narration according to a creative and innovative method that meets the standards that Specified by the initiative’s integrated participation guide, available on its website. ”
He emphasized that all community members are invited to send the stories of the heroes in their families and support them with pictures or videos through a visit www.UAEyearof.ae.
The “Early Dreamers” toolkit is designed and downloadable from the site that will help provide inspiration and provide practical advice, with a practical step-by-step guide on how to capture and share stories.
Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, announced the naming of 2021 as the ‘Year of 50’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE, and it will run from April 6, 2021, until March 31 / March 2022 coincides with the UAE hosting of the exhibition “Expo 2020 Dubai”. (WAM)