DUBAI, 13th December 2016 (WAM) – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum affirmed that the rapid socio-political changes taking place around the globe necessitate that the Arab world be ready to face the future challenges and that global leadership will be for those able to foresee the future and identify potential trends.

Sheikh Mohammed’s comments came during the launch of the State of the World in 2017 report, released by the Arab Strategy Forum (ASF) being held in Dubai on Wednesday.

His Highness further said that adopting a comprehensive development model in the Arab world requires empowering young Arabs who are considered as engine for change and progress of societies.

Sheikh Mohammed added that the Arab world is full of opportunities that if taken advantage of, can change reality.