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Aspirations of young nationals

posted on 02/12/2006: 1426 views



As the UAE celebrates 35 years of the federation, young citizens speak about their home and culture. They recognise the hard work of previous generations and look to the future of a country that is united by optimism



"Dubai will definitely be a trademark name, and everyone around the world will know that we exist and where we are located on the map, which will hopefully allow us to have a stronger identity. We should be proud of who we are and where we come from, and we should not be influenced by all the different cultures surrounding us. It is important for nationals to join hands together in building a better way of life for the next generation, and to keep working hard in not letting our values and traditions disappear with time.



I hope to make my contribution to society by making a documentary film about the UAE, so I can show the world what we are about and how rich we are in terms of culture and tradition." Najla Al Ansari, 17

Sharjah.



"I think that we will reach a point in time where we would be on the same level of infrastructure and fame as the cities of London and New York, and since the rate of development is remarkably high, I believe we might reach that point sooner than we expect.



In our increasingly growing country, we are accepting many people from different nationalities, and I think that we can benefit from it by exposing ourselves further to the different cultures and to understand the way expatriates think."

Asma Ahli, 21

Sharjah

"Each emirate will further its development and standard of living for its citizens, so that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a comfortable lifestyle. We should learn how to become carefree as our parents were in the time of their youth, because we have now made ourselves accustomed to material possessions."

Ayoub Omar Khatib, 19

Dubai

"In a multicultural city, it is necessary to understand and communicate with others. UAE nationals should be encouraged to enter the private sector and have the responsibility of managerial positions because there's always a certain extent that expatriates do not understand about our culture.



This is our country, and we should have the means to develop it in which we see fit. I can see mistakes happening around me caused as a result of all the different kinds of people living here, and I want to be involved in rectifying them.



We have received free health care, education and housing, and now it is our turn to give back our contribution to the country."

Talal Al Ansari, 24 Abu Dhabi - Gulf News



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