GCC-SG’s “Health, Sports, and Entertainment industry” workshop commences
11/08/2014 10:27 am EDT

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A two day workshop for young people organised by the Secretariat General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, entitled “Health, Sport and Entertainment Industry”, kicked off at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Dubai, in the presence of VIPs and senior officials from across the GCC.

The opening ceremony was attended by HE Dr Abdullah bin Uqla Al Hashim, Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Environment Affairs at the GCC-SG, HE Abdul Mohsin Al Dossary, Assistant Under Secretary of Sports at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, HE Khalid Essa Al Midfaa, Assistant Secretary-General of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, HE Jamal Al Hammadi, Director of the Youth and Cultural Activities at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, and a number of dignitaries and top level officials from the UAE and GCC countries. More than 200 young men and women from all the member states were also in attendance.

This is the most recent in a series of workshops being held by the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States in the member states, following a decision made by the GCC Supreme Council during its 34th summit in Kuwait in December 2013.

H.E Abdul Mohsin Al Dossary, Assistant Under Secretary of Sports at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare paid tribute to the leadership of the UAE for the care and support given to healthcare, sport and youth sectors. He said that the UAE has achieved tremendous achievements in these fields under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the leadership and follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

He added that these achievements have contributed to further raising the UAE’s profile as one of the world’s most developed countries in these sectors, keeping pace with the leadership’s ambitions for sustainable development in all areas to ensure a high level of welfare and standards of living across the nation.

Participants in the two day workshop will discuss ways to build a common mechanism to promote and evaluate activities to help develop the capacity of young people and hone their skills in different areas. They will also discuss the possibility of developing a joint framework in youth and sport activities that outlines the principles and pillars for youth activities and orientations.

The workshop aims to present the current health situation of young population in the GCC countries and discuss all possible means to facilitate its improvement. Important topics such as the role of sport and entertainment channels, as well as how to encourage studies and research in the fields of youth and sport, will be considered. Furthermore, the workshop’s high level delegates will explore ways to cooperate with related regional and international organizations and groups, and work to develop common frameworks in the fields of youth and sport, the standardization of names, and structures and functions in the youth and sport departments, agencies and organizations in the council states.

Earlier this month – on 4th and 6th August, in Muscat – the GCC-GS held a workshop on recruitment, skills building and entrepreneurship .The participants discussed many issues of concern to youth in the GCC countries and made a number of recommendations and program proposals with the aim of providing young people with the necessary skills for the work environment.

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