H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Arab Youth Centre, has emphasised the role of youth in shaping the future and leading development paths. This came during his visit to the Arab Youth Centre (AYC) in Abu Dhabi, where he met with Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; AYC's members and a group of graduates; and approved the centre's plan for 2023 and its strategy for the next five years aimed at empowering Arab youth in their countries. Sheikh Theyab affirmed the Arab Youth Centre's continued commitment to empowering Arab youth to be the driver of development in their society and an active contributor to human progress based on their capabilities and skills, while utilising the empowering ecosystem to transform their creative ideas into reality. He said, “With the support of their leaders, countries and societies, young people today are in an advanced position to benefit from technological development, digital transformation and scientific research applications to lead development in their societies and build the future they aspire to, driven by their ambitions and limitless determination.” Sheikh Theyab indicated that the Arab Youth Centre plan for 2023 will focus on Arabic identity and language, building personality, as well as consolidating positive citizenship values and build capabilities and skills, which leads to more progress in the youth sector in the Arab region. He commended the efforts of the centre, which is keen to share the model of youth empowerment in the UAE with everyone and to continuously contribute to building Arab youth’s capabilities, which reflects positively on the progress and prosperity of societies in the Arab world. Sheikh Theyab was briefed on the outputs of the Young Arab Media Leaders Programme, the Arab Youth Podcast Training Programme, the Arab Youth Technology Fellowship (AYTF) Programme for Arab Youth, and the initiatives of Audio Books and Arab Youth Blogs. He was also briefed on the efforts of members of the Youth Development Delegates in the Arab Region and the impact, plans and programmes of the Arab Youth Councils for Climate Change and Scientific Research, in addition to the outputs of the Arab Youth Meeting for Young Leaders in partnership with the World Government Summit 2022 and ongoing preparations for the second edition next February. H.H. directed the adoption of the new Arab Youth Centre strategy for the next five years to focus on four main pillars related to building capacities and focusing on skills, promoting positive citizenship, strengthening the connection to the Arabic language and identity, and developing the youth work sector in the Arab region. Under the pillar of building capabilities and skills, the AYC will seek to provide opportunities for personal development, build capabilities and refine skills through training programmes, specialised forums, events, initiatives, and joint projects. The Arab Youth Centre strategy will be based on key enablers, which are data and studies based on the concept of listening to young people and actively engaging them in designing initiatives, providing solutions and sharing results with all stakeholders of empowering Arab youth in the public and private sectors. Also, building partnerships by working with governments, companies and Arab and international organisations concerned with the youth work sector to empower young people and achieve their aspirations through various programmes and initiatives.