Deep and real development taking place in Emirates
Serene, serious and
successful, were the adjectives Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Federal National Council Affairs,
used to describe development in the UAE.
contrast, the Middle East was "at its worst in thehistoryof Arabian politics," the UAE
Gargash was the main speaker at - ‘A Brighter Future’ - the mid-morning lead
session on the second day of the 14th ArabMediaForumat
the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
by Yousuf Serif, Anchor,SkyNews
Arabia, who himself admitted to finding it difficult on TV to cover the events
of the ArabWorld– Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
opened the session with a shortaudio-video montage of quotes of leaders from
across the Arab World, citing their concerns and fears for, and of the region.
Gargash was then asked to place the UAE’s amazing developmental prowess –
tallest building, biggest malls – into this context.
development is deep and real, not superficial," Dr. Gargash said citing a
96 per cent eradication of illiteracy and a 70- to 76-yearlifeexpectancy as real measures of UAE
most important aspect of our development concerns women," he said, adding,
"Emirati women are today involved at senior and middle-level management
across sectors and this is only going to improve.
we face are not a call to retreat from development and our business
cycle," Dr. Gargash said, citing a foreign policy that, while dealing with
issues in the region, is also reaching out to East Asia and countries in the
Schengen Visa zone.
Yousuf Serif’s question on why people from across the world are choosing to
live in the UAE, Dr. Gargash said he believed a country that offered
prosperity, job opportunities and a stable social environment to raise a
family, would always be an attractive destination.
comments on the wider challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries, Dr. Gargash said the UAE believes the Arab World cannot develop
without Egypt. "Egypt is crucial for a moderate Arab World and hence, we
launched projects there. However, we ensured two things: one, that the projects
would positively impact the weakest sections of society; and, that the projects
would be completed in two years so people could experience their positive
effects quickly," Dr. Gargash said.
support the Saudis in Yemen. We support Egypt. We support a society that has
principles and values. We support a moderate Arab World," Dr. Gargash
added that the UAE had already reached out to Yemen with humanitarian aid and
had requested for ports to be opened to let ships in with the goods.
will require construction and projects and the GCC countries realise
this," Dr. Gargash said, adding that the country requires not only
military intervention but political and UN intervention as well."
Syria, Dr. Gargash said a conference was held in Abu Dhabi to discuss the
rebuilding of the country and infrastructure projects there.
Arab Media Forum 2015 is being attended bymorethan
2,000 delegates from the region and the wider world. A third of the speakers
this year are foreign experts.