Dubai: In line with Vision 2021, the Dubai Innovation Week is showcasing the cutting-edge development of the UAE,

Organised on the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the emirate has lined up over 80 activities to take place around the city during the Innovation Week that concludes on November 26

The theme of the Innovation Week this year is “Innovation, an everyday activity”. Participants from different governmental and private sectors are taking part in the activities held around the emirate with the aim of encouraging and supporting innovation through the development of creative ideas in various workshops, seminars and recreational activities.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the Year of Innovation in 2015 along with the launch of the national strategy for innovation announced in Dubai aimed at contributing to 2021 Vision of the UAE and support the future efforts to strengthen the position of the country as a global hub for innovation in all areas and sectors.

Abdullah Al Shaibani, Secretary-General of the Dubai Executive Council and member of the Higher Committee for UAE Innovation Week, said: “When we reflect on the UAE’s growth over the last 45 years, our transformation shows how much we have accomplished as a nation as a result of our forward thinking and visionary leaders. Their decision to integrate strategic innovation as a key pillar for our future is a directive that all of us who live in the UAE, including the government and private (sectors) and the community at large, have to embed in our everyday life.”

He added: “Innovation today is of paramount importance to a country and the prestige of an institution, as it is considered the main engine of growth and development. It has become quite apparent based on our evaluation of innovation policies and processes that success in any national system is reliant on the collective efforts and close cooperation between the public and private sectors.”