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Abu Dhabi to host the first Middle East Youth Expo

The largest youth engagement event in the Middle East, The Middle East Youth Expo 2020, will take place at Mubadala Arena located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi during  3-5th February 2020.

The three-day festival style event is the first of its kind in the region bringing together thousands of youngsters to collaborate and explore sustainable solutions for both people and planet aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UAE Vision 2021.

Over 70 international and local speakers will present their own stories of success and challenges to inspire and empower the youth delegates to achieve their life goals as young leaders of tomorrow and future ‘responsible global citizens of the world’.

The Middle East Youth Expo 2020 will have over 10 immersive experiences including the ‘Youth Now' hub where youth delegates will be able to join in debates and discussions to work together to solve some of the world’s most important challenges.

There'll be over 30 workshops and panel discussions which will take place in a unique format allowing the youth delegates access to all the speakers on everything from the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans, sustainable fashion, social entrepreneurship, developing renewable energy solutions, the power of technology & AI to localizing the SDGs and the empowerment of youth as change makers.

Youth delegates as part of the event will be asked to make their own pledge towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how through local action in the UAE in 2020 they can actively support global change #MEYEPLEDGE.

MEYE 2020 is free for all schools, colleges and universities in the UAE to attend and open to participation from NGOs and volunteer organisations in the UAE on the 5th February, which will be attended by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who will give an opening address on the globalization of compassion and youth, and conduct an interactive Q&A session with all delegates.

Experiences at MEYE 2020 will also include a Connect with Nature immersive Escape Room presenting a sustainable journey through the Arabian Desert and the opportunity to learn more about applying to become one of 20 Ambassadors for Nature as part of Connect with Nature, a programme co-founded by Emirates Nature-WFF; The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding will take delegates on a cultural journey through activities that explore Emirati Culture and its role in the world; a performance stage will showcase youth talent from across the UAE; and the Wellbeing Lounge drop in zone will provide youth delegates with assessment of their profile and strengths to support both body and mind health.

MEYE will also celebrate and acknowledge young leaders in the Middle East who have shown to be resilient change-makers who are dedicated to solving global issues and have inspired their peers and communities with the inaugural MEYE 2020 Young Leader of the Year Awards, in collaboration with international youth movement One Young World.

To view the full programme of international speakers, opportunities for student engagement and to register for schools, colleges, university students, NGOs and volunteer organizations visit