Dubai 6th of December 2011- During the conference FIKR10 "Arab Spring: What is Next?" taking place in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Arab Thought Foundation announced the new Arab Youth Ambassadors for the year 2011. The second day of the conference included three sessions: "The State", "Arabs, Neighbors and the World" and “Does Arab Culture have a Spring?"
On the eve of the second day of FIKR10, His Excellency Ibrahim El-Saad Ibrahim held a dinner in honor of HRH Prince Khalid AlFaisal. The dinner took place in Atlantis Hotel, ballroom1.
The Arab youth announcement came along with the activities that took place on the 5th of December 2011 in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray during the session "FIKR & AFKAR". HRH Prince Khalid AlFaisal invited the Arab youth to a lunch in the Imperial room at the same hotel.
Over lunch, HRH asserted the necessity of preparing and structuring young Arab leaders so they can have an effective role in the rise of the Arab Society. Hence, the Arab Thought Foundation will continue supporting all youth projects for the sake of the evolvement of the Arab community.
Moreover, Mr. Hamad Al Ammari, Deputy Secretary General of the Arab Thought Foundation and the Executive Director of FIKR conferences ensured that the ATF will always support and encourage young Arab initiatives and will give them the opportunities to implement their constructive ideas on the ground.
On the other hand, the sessions that took place in the conference room of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray brought to the panel speakers that elaborated on the concept of "The State" in the Arab World. The session was moderated by Khalil Gebara, Academic and Head of the Good Governance Unit- Saad Hariri Office – Lebanon. Attended speakers were Ali AlKheshaiban, Columnist at AlRiyadh Newspaper, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Amre Moussa, Former Foreign Minister and Former Secretary General of the League of the Arab States, Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohieddine Amimour, Former Minister of Culture, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria and Tarek Mitri, University Professor at the American University of Beirut, Republic of Lebanon. Altogether, they agreed that it became fundamental for all Arab countries to realize the need for reform and listen to their people’s needs. They collectively agreed that the Arab Spring is inevitable, and that this situation is not an imported product but a national case in which every Arab country expresses itself.
"Arabs, Neighbors and the World" session was moderated by Saad M F T AlAjmi, Publisher of Alaan E-magazine, State of Kuwait. This panel’s speakers include Abdul Hussain Shaban, Head of the Documentation Centre of International Law in Beirut, Republic of Iraq, Meftah Etwilb, Director of International Relations, Libyan Red Crescent, Libya, Mohamed El-Hacen Ould Lebatt, University Professor and International Expert, Mauritania and Turki AlFaisal, Chairman of the Board of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. The Speakers agreed that Arabs should fight dangers that are infiltrating from the outside and they should have clear reform projects, ensuring stability and strength from within.
The last session for the day " Does Arab Culture have a Spring?" brought together moderator Salah Jarrar, Minister of Culture, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and speakers Adballah Seyid Ould Bah, University Professor, Mauritania , Dhiya Al Musawi, Shura Council Member, Kingdom of Bahrain, Fatma Al Sayegh, Associate Professor in History at the United Arab Emirates University, UAE, Tahar Labib, University Professor and Director of the Arab Organization for Translation in Beirut, Lebanon and Ziad Aldrees, UNESCO Saudi Ambassador, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They discussed the role of Arab culture and the Arab world intellectuals in this new Arab Spring era.
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