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Dubai calls on global innovators to address key challenges

The third cycle will see Emirates Airlines team up with global firms to develop solutions for the aviation sector

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Dubai: A Dubai government-backed foundation is calling on innovative companies across the world to help work through challenges facing the emirate.

From October this year, government entities will join hands with private sector companies in multiple sectors such as transport, health, security, and education.

The third cycle will see a new participant, Emirates Airlines, team up with global firms to develop solutions for the aviation sector.

He added: “Today, as we open submissions for the third edition, we look forward to building on our earlier success,” said Khalfan Belhoul, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Future Accelerators.

“This year, we will see new government entities come on board to collaborate with global innovators to create advanced working models and future solutions,” he added.

Multiple government bodies are looking for government collaboration.

One is the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which seeks to create a sustainable and integrated framework for autonomous transport, and its legislation, testing, and operation in cities.

Meanwhile, Dubai Health Authority seeks to reduce costs and increase the efficiency and potency of diagnosis, disease prevention and patient monitoring by factor of 10 through advanced technologies.

Dubai Police aims to reduce general crime rate by 50 per cent and traffic related mortality rate to 2.5 per 100,000 citizens by 2021, through the use of advanced technologies.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) aims to find and explore ideas to transform a utility provider’s traditional business model of generating, transmitting and distributing water and electricity.

Smart Dubai seeks to use artificial intelligence to deliver city services twice as fast, with half the budget, twice the customer satisfaction.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs will be looking at how to implement the latest and most advanced face recognition technology to smooth transitions through Dubai Airport passport control.