Mohammed bin Rashid attends FIKR16 conference

April 10, 2018  
Dubai, 10 April 2018

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the opening ceremony of the annual conference FIKR16, organised by the Arab Thought Foundation under the title ‘Stabilisation Challenges Amidst Regional Turmoil.’

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pleasure of accompanying Prince Khalid Al Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, to attend FIKR16. “Stability requires effort and constant development. It is the cornerstone of creating a better future for the generations to come,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.

Underlining the importance of unifying efforts to bring about change, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that the ultimate goal is to achieve stability and prosperity in the Arab world. The opening session was also attended by Dubai Deputy Ruler His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Prince Khalid Al Faisal delivered the opening speech of the annual conference FIKR16 and thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for the hospitality. Al Faisal said that FIKR16 will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in an in-depth exchange of ideas and experiences to address the challenges currently facing the Arab world.

In his speech, Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit shed light on the unprecedented challenges facing stability in the Arab world, especially considering the uncertainty that characterises the current world order.

For his part, Director-General of the Arab Thought Foundation Professor Henry Al Await said that choosing the UAE to hold the FIKR conference in conjunction with the ‘Year of Zayed’ is befitting. “The wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has transformed Dubai and stands proof that success is not a distant quest when determination exists. We have a lot to learn from the leadership of the UAE,” Al Await concluded.

Since 2002, FIKR Conference constitutes a landmark in the history of cultural conferences in the Arab World, and an interactive platform for constructive exchange of ideas, expertise and leading experiences. The Conference raises every year and emerging topic affecting the Arab World and addresses it in a scientific, civilized and responsible manner.

Attending the opening session of FIKR16 were Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of Directors King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies; Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council; Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal; His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; His Excellency Ayman Al Safadi, Jordanian Foreign Minister, and other high-profile figures from around the Arab world.


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