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Dubai: Dubai Future Labs, the region’s first applied laboratory in the field of research, testing and applications of future technology, has been opened in Dubai.

The labs will serve as a global incubator for testing modern innovations, designing and developing advanced technologies, software and equipment, which would be tested and employed in vital sectors. Dubai Future Labs will also serve a comprehensive platform for national and global experiences within Area 2071 of the Dubai Future district.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the labs today (Monday), saying: “The UAE, thanks to the capabilities of its youth and the determination of its community, looks to the next stage with a positive and optimistic vision that focus on designing integrated future strategies that anticipate global changes and prepare to achieve qualitative leaps in key sectors,”.

“Small is the seed of every greatness. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and what I have seen is a tip of iceberg. Our young people have made great strides in developing new technological applications. The UAE is betting on a future based on science and technical excellence. The UAE is betting on man, his mind, his imagination and his will, which does not know the impossible,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

Dubai Ruler affirmed that Emirates engineers along with a group of geniuses of national reserve service are working on developing smart applications in the labs.

Present at the opening ceremony were Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation.

Overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation, the Dubai Future Labs aims to support the UAE’s knowledge-based economy through its partnerships with research and development institutions from around the world, so as to contribute to achieving future aspirations, creating new markets, job opportunities, and providing a communication platform for various sectors and parties concerned with promoting the employment of modern technology.

The labs also aim to produce useful views on how the world could change in the future through advisory services and specialist reports on emerging trends in technology, science, geopolitics and society.

During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed met a number of national service recruits affiliated with the E-skills programme to learn about what have been developed of projects and applied ideas.

He was also briefed about a number of innovate projects to develop autonomous vehicles, drones and respirators among others.