Youth Policies in the UAE


The UAE’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs focuses on developing youth policies that are aligned with the future direction and vision of the United Arab Emirates. The minister develops the necessary policies and initiatives to overcome challenges faced by youth and stimulate youth’s positive engagement in society through identifying their challenges, opinions, views and aspirations on the most pressing issues.

Government Policy

Government policies are the priorities for action. The laws and regulatory measures issued by the government for the public benefit to provide solutions to existing challenges. The impact of these policies is measured by their effectiveness and the level of usefulness offered to the sector or the targeted population.

Youth Policy

The Youth, who constitute the largest segment of the UAE population, require measured and effective policies to influence their future positively. The Federal Youth Authority actively engage with youth through different means such as youth councils, field visits, surveys, studies, and youth circles to identify the attitudes and opinions of youth on the most pressing challenges, and to propose appropriate solutions and policies.

Youth policies approved by Cabinet

Youth Engagement Policy

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Youth Engagement Policy during the Youth Retreat in 2016.

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Youth Board of Directors policy

In June 2019, The UAE Cabinet adopted a decision to increase and promote the participation of Emirati youth (Aged below 30) in the boards of government entities and companies, in order to ensure that their voice and views are part of the government work.

In February 2020, Cabinet appointed 31 young Emiratis, from more than 3,300 applications, as board members of key federal government bodies.

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Youth Participation in Official delegations Policy

In February 2020, the UAE approved the Youth participation in Official delegations’ policy, a first of its kind in the world, which ensures and enhances the representation of young employees in all UAE official delegations.

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Youth Housing Awareness Policy

On June 2nd 2020, The UAE Cabinet approved the Youth Housing Awareness Policy, a policy that aims to raise youth awareness and provide them with a host of information on the various phases of housing construction.

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