The UAE Ministry of Defense is proactive in predicting the future and is keen to address major strategic issues related to regional and international security, stability and peace, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
The Ministry is organizing the “Leaders’ Conference for the 21st Century Wars,” under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which will be held on 22-23 October, 2017, in Abu Dhabi, at the headquarters of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.
The conference will promote the vision of the Ministry of Defense and comply with its mission to protect the UAE and its interests, by understanding the current strategic environment and planning future defense policies and strategies, as well as identifying its strategic priorities to develop and utilize the nation’s capacities, in co-operation with other national authorities and international allies.
The UAE’s wise leadership has prioritized the development of the country’s defense system, which was reflected in the words of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “Protecting the nation is a sacred duty for all citizens and performing military service is an honor. Your nation is your pride, life and dignity,” Sheik Zayed had stated.
President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan also stressed that all the citizens have a responsibility to protect the UAE, which is seeking to raise future generations that would become its main defense force.
Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: “Serving the nation is an honor that surpasses all honors.”
H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, affirmed that advancing the process of construction and development in various areas requires the ability to protect the nation’s gains and achievements while defending its sovereignty and providing it with the human resources with the qualities of persistence, knowledge, patriotism and loyalty.
He also highlighted the importance of preparing UAE nationals and equipping national leaders, as the main cornerstone of achieving sustainable development and facing regional and international challenges and developments.
Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, noted that Emiratis have proved that they are the country’s most valuable resource, by protecting and defending their nation.
The “Leaders Conference for the Future Wars,” which was previously held in 2016 and was organized by the Ministry of Defense, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed achieved considerable success, as it attracted leaders, officials and experts in strategic, security and military issues, as well as academics and senior officials in the civil government and the private sector.
This year’s conference is a follow-up to the 2016 conference and will aim to understand the nature of modern conflicts and assess their regional and international impact while discovering the tools to contain these conflicts and discussing the best international practices, to respond to and address their impact on a national level.