Expo 2020 Dubai organisers have announced the launch of the YouthConnect Forum, which will take place on the 14th of November.
This first interactive full-day forum is open to all UAE residents between the ages of 18 and 25 years. Attendees will be introduced to a host of ‘hands-on' participatory workshops, engaging exhibits, and areas for in-depth discussions and ‘edutainment'.
Subjects covered by this year's YouthConnect will include Business and Leadership, Start-ups and Entrepreneurship, Science and Engineering, Technology, Coding and Gaming, Arts and Culture, Innovation, Health and Lifestyle and Employability.
Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Director-General of the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020, said, "From our earliest days conceiving Expo, we were determined to put our youth at the heart of our plans. It is these young men and women who will be representing and leading our nation in the years to come, so it is important that they contribute to these events and decide what they want to see and do on the day," she said.
YouthConnect has been planned in coordination with people from across the target age group. Furthermore, as their peers sign up for the event, they will be asked to design their own individual experience.
"Whilst this first YouthConnect event is sure to be highly enjoyable and interactive, it has a genuinely important purpose too. We know that we need to prepare our young for their professional lives and to ensure they are in the best possible shape to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In this event, as in all of the events to come, we are offering the chance to meet with and learn from others who have succeeded by self-belief and hard work," added Al Hashimy. "As our Expo theme proclaims to the world, we want to Connect Minds and Create the Future, and what better minds to connect with than the young?" she asked.