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Dubai’s Invitation For Innovative Companies To Meet 21st Century Challenges

This week, the Crown Prince of Dubai unveiled an ambitious new programme to change the world. The “Dubai Future Accelerators” will connect the world’s most innovative companies with leading partners in government to test new solutions to key challenges at the city-wide scale. The Future Accelerators focuses on seven “21st-century challenges”, which also represent significant opportunities for economic growth, job creation, and social development.

The challenges include the application of cutting-edge technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, distributed ledgers, biomimicry, and biotechnology, as well as new business models and ways of working. Each challenge focuses on important areas of government innovation, including healthcare, education, transportation, infrastructure, renewable energy, and digital transformation.

Unlike other programs, The Dubai Future Accelerators will focus on the deployment of futuristic prototypes at a city-wide scale, something which no other program can offer thanks to the strong support of the Dubai government.

Launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the program reflects the larger goals of the UAE and those of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision is to transform the UAE into the global capital for creating amend exploring the future,” Sheikh Hamdan said in a statement. Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, who is also vice-chairman of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “We invite all those across the world who want to create a better future to come toDubai and help us create a better future.

Anyone can apply, from start-ups to large companies, as long as they have a working prototype that addresses one of the key challenges above. Winning companies will develop in-depth proposals to create futuristic pilot projects that can showcase the benefits of their technology.

The Dubai Future Accelerator is being run by the Dubai Future Foundation as part of the Dubai Future Agenda, a far-reaching campaign to develop 21st-century solutions and initiatives around the world. Other parts of the Agenda include the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy (with the Dubai Municipality), the Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy (with the RTA), the Global Blockchain Council, and the Museum of the Future.

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