Strategy& worked with the Emirates Youth Council to identify and synthesize the top 10 trends that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and that over the next decade will shape the UAE’s youth, who are aged 15-35 and are 50% of the UAE population. By understanding these trends, the relevant entities can tailor the right policy responses to each trend, thereby adequately supporting UAE youth to overcome the challenges they face and create socioeconomic opportunities.
This report was published in collaboration with the world government summit.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a severe test of the ability of cities to withstand unexpected shocks. Cities in the Middle East and North Africa should respond by developing “resilience blueprints” to build the institutional capacities that can help them reduce exposure to threats and minimize vulnerabilities, capacities that will help them to respond, recover, and transform.
GCC governments have an opportunity to elevate their economic, institutional, and societal goals and accelerate the speed and scale of transformation. This starts with understanding and resolving five growing tensions and their underlying trends. To mitigate the challenges, they would need to adopt a holistic and integrated transformation agenda that puts local, citizens, and innovation first.
Countries in the GCC region have an opportunity to build a new approach to social programs and human capital productivity. They can move from the social welfare model, in which the burden falls mostly on the government, to social investment, in which the government creates a market to enhance societal well-being.
Tourism represents a significant long-term economic opportunity for the GCC countries and Egypt. To develop the sector, governments need a five-stage journey that: defines the national tourism vision, introduces effective governance structures, identifies and segments target travelers, prepares the destination, and then uses marketing and promotion campaigns to turn interest into bookings. The journey must take advantage of digital technologies and should be regularly reviewed and renewed.