Dubai: The launch on Tuesday in Dubai of a new Arabic version of the MIT Technology Review platform will help inspire youth who want to be innovators in sciences.

Jointly developed by Dubai Future Foundation and Haykal Media, the Arabic version of the magazine issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the eighth language translation of the platform.

The new platform was launched by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation.

Shaikh Hamdan said that rapid developments in scientific fields require the UAE to co-operate with international scientific institutions and stay abreast of major scientific breakthroughs, especially the ones related to future sciences. This is critical to realise the country’s aspiration to be number one in a range of global competitiveness indices.

It was also announced that the MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ award is now open for nominations, the winners of which will be crowned during the Emerging Technologies Conference (EmTech) to be hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation for the first time in Dubai on September 23-24.

“We believe in the ability of young people to contribute to our scientific and knowledge renaissance. We are committed to providing a supportive environment for scientific excellence. We are keen to build and strengthen communication with international scientific research institutions to encourage youth and motivate them to innovate in the field of advanced science, given its impact on improving the quality of life and achieving progress in various fields,” Shaikh Hamdan said.

The ‘Innovators Under 35’, an annual list published by MIT Technology Review magazine naming the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35, will also be part of the new platform’s offerings. The list recognises young innovators’ contributions in diverse sectors, including biomedicine, computing, communications, business, energy, and more. Over the years, the ‘Innovators Under 35’ list has featured influential international innovators, such as the inventors of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google, among others.

EmTech is set to gather prominent decision makers, executives, entrepreneurs, experts and professionals interested in future trends in technology, to explore how to embrace innovation and promote technology as a means to build a better future.