Jubilee Lab Launches with Virtual Session Bringing Together Talented Young Emiratis

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  • The launch comes in the lead-up to the inauguration of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations 2021.
  • The Lab explores young people’s innovative ideas and their potential to support the UAE’s goals for the next 50 years.
  • Key takeaways from the Jubilee Lab to be brought to the table at the main event of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations 2021 on March 14.

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Nuaimi: The Jubilee Lab presents an interactive platform for talented young nationals to connect with one another and collaborate to find solutions for positive change.

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court

Abu Dhabi: The Jubilee Lab has officially launched today (Saturday, February 06, 2021), marking the first phase of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations 2021, set to take place on March 14 of this year.

The Lab provides an interactive platform for young people to come forward with their ideas and propose bold and innovative solutions for the challenges at hand, transforming them into opportunities that support the UAE’s objectives for the next 50 years.

Jubilee Lab activities are scheduled to take place over three days, where more than 100 university students from the UAE – enrolled in UAE-based institutions or abroad – will meet virtually for four hours a day to propose and experiment with ideas, innovations, and solutions for the future.

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Director of the Education Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, said: “As one of the innovative activities associated with the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations 2021, the Jubilee Lab fulfils the leadership’s directives to engage the youth in shaping the UAE’s future. The lab presents an interactive platform for talented young nationals to connect with one another and collaborate to find solutions for positive change. The end-goal is to motivate these leaders of the future and tap into their energy, potential, and creativity to ensure the UAE’s development and prosperity for the next 50 years.”

“Day one of the Jubilee Lab will see participants explore and study the main challenges our communities are facing right now, supervised by design-thinking experts,” His Excellency explained. “Then on day two, they will propose alternatives and creative solutions to overcome these challenges, outlining a ‘Future Map’ to be discussed during the main event on March 14.”

Organized by the Education Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, this third edition of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations 2021 presents a new and innovative approach to enhance communication between the UAE’s leadership and its people, relying on interactive meetings – both virtual and in-person – to start and maintain a dialogue with the youth and encourage them to express their ideas and eventually come up with solutions to shape a better future.

This model was designed based on the findings of a study conducted with young people to gauge their vision for the UAE’s future agenda. The study concluded that it was necessary to take advantage of young people’s capabilities and engage them in shaping a bright future for the UAE.

The program for the 2021 Majlis was designed to be a platform for dialogue with the youth about the future; it focuses on three primary themes: A Changing World, which focuses on how to motivate young people to adapt to the rapid changes taking place around the world by acquiring the right skills to prepare them for the future. The second theme, New Opportunities, will shed light on new prospects for innovators and creators, while the third and final theme is The Next 50 Years, which highlights the youth’s pivotal role in sustaining the UAE’s progress and excellence throughout the next 50 years.

About Jubilee Lab:

The MBZMFG Jubilee Lab offers 100 Emirati university students from around the world the chance to work together on big ideas for the future of the UAE. Led by a team of expert facilitators, it is designed as two online workshops and a state-of-the-art in-person lab held in Dubai. The learning experience is guided by the principles of design thinking and collaboration to stimulate innovative solutions for the country. Supported by a network of extraordinary partners, the outcomes of the forward -thinking Jubilee Lab will feed into the MBZMFG Virtual Forum taking place on March 14th. The Lab is driven by the insights gained from focus groups and an online study which captured the issues, concerns and ambitions of almost 3,000 Emirati students.

About Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations (MBZMFG):

Launched in 2017, the Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations (MBZMFG) connects Emirati youth with UAE leaders to shape a better future for the UAE. It provides transformative learning experiences for the next generation of leaders to engage with pioneering thinkers, sharpen their skills and adapt their professional development. Transformed into a Virtual Forum in 2021, MBZMFG approaches the challenges of a rapidly evolving global context with optimism under the theme of Thriving in the Next Normal. The program finds inspiration in the values of the nation’s Golden Jubilee, is powered by forward-thinking ideas and a network of extraordinary partners. MBZMFG will take place on 14 March 2021 as a dialogue with youth, supported by the insights generated in a series of Labs and an online study of 3,000 Emirati university students.