UAE LEAD­ERS IN­VEST IN HU­MAN CAP­I­TAL

ZAYED’S VI­SION CON­TIN­UES TO DRIVE PRO­GRAMMES AIMED AT IM­PROV­ING PEO­PLE’S LIVES

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No mat­ter how many build­ings, foun­da­tions, schools and hos­pi­tals we build, or how many bridges we raise, all these are ma­te­rial en­ti­ties. The real spirit be­hind progress is the hu­man spirit, the able man with his in­tel­lect and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Shaikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan

It is a fact uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged that a na­tion in pur­suit of great­ness must in­vest in its peo­ple be­fore all else. As Shaikh Zayed said: “No mat­ter how many build­ings, foun­da­tions, schools and hos­pi­tals we build, or how many bridges we raise, all these are ma­te­rial en­ti­ties. The real spirit be­hind progress is the hu­man spirit, the able man with his in­tel­lect and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

The UAE’s lead­ers, re­al­is­ing the ne­ces­sity of hu­man de­vel­op­ment early on, have been build­ing upon this aware­ness by ini­ti­at­ing and/or sup­port­ing pro­grammes that seek to im­prove hu­man cap­i­tal.

The Global Ed­u­ca­tion & Skills Fo­rum (shown), in its sixth edi­tion, helped further one of Shaikh Zayed’s many cher­ished ideals — hu­man de­vel­op­ment.

Just as he con­trib­uted im­mensely to the de­vel­op­ment of so­cial in­fra­struc­ture within the UAE and be­yond, this ini­tia­tive by the Varkey Foun­da­tion en­ables or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to unit­edly ful­fill goals as lofty as that of univer­sal ed­u­ca­tion.

On May 2, Dubai will host one of the UAE’s most pres­ti­gious con­fer­ences cen­tred on hu­man re­sources — the Hu­man Cap­i­tal Fo­rum Mena 2018. Nearly 150 peo­ple will gather to en­gage in in­ter­ac­tive talk shows, off­beat events like dance classes, brain­storm­ing ses­sions, and ‘Guru morn­ings’ which are tell-all events with your favourite ex­perts on lead­er­ship and hu­man cap­i­tal.

The par­tic­i­pants will take away skills to im­prove and in­crease their well-be­ing, which will im­prove the hap­pi­ness level of em­ploy­ees all over the UAE, and im­part an el­e­ment of unity to busi­ness dy­namism.

Hu­man de­vel­op­ment drives in UAE em­pha­sise the con­cepts of hap­pi­ness, giv­ing and morals.

The Tis­lam card ini­tia­tive is a prime ex­am­ple. Cre­ated by the Dubai Health Au­thor­ity, it aims to pro­mote hap­pi­ness in the work­place.

Over the last 46 years the UAE has evolved into a dy­namic, pro­gres­sive na­tion. Our modern lives are en­vi­able be­cause the coun­try con­tin­ues to be moulded by the vi­sion and legacy of Shaikh Zayed.

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