United Arab Emirates Youth Program

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Meridian International Center welcomed the Dhukhur Youth Program to Washington, DC, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the UAE General Authority of Youth and Sports. The program brought a successful group of 15 university students from the United Arab Emirates for programming in Washington from Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19. They explored topics in leadership, teamwork, self-development, and youth capacity building while gaining perspective on their academic and professional interests and goals, helping them become effective leaders in their communities. Over the course of the week, students participated in trainings and activities to help build upon their understanding of these topics while also meeting with leaders and professionals in the Washington, DC area. The group met with staff members at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, diplomats at the UAE Embassy, and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel at the U.S. Department of State. They also visited several NGOs based in the DC area, including Youth for Understanding, Atlas Corps, the Heritage Foundation, and Washington Parks and People, where they participated in a volunteer activity at an urban garden in Northeast DC. This program has previously been hosted in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Republic of Korea, and brought the group to the United States for their 2016 session.

Project summary

United Arab Emirates Youth Program | August 2016
Number of Visitors: 15
Regions: Near East and North Africa
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Impact Areas: Youth Leadership Development
Program Areas: Training
Partners: Diplomatic Corps