The UAE government has announced the launch of ‘UAE Innovates 2023’, which is being held in collaboration with executive councils across the country.
The press conference for the 2023 edition revealed that it will witness hundreds of events and activities during February.
This was revealed at a press conference led by Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Government Affairs for Strategic Affairs; Abeer Tahlak, director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation; and in the presence and participation of coordinators from the Executive Board across the UAE and media representatives.
Huda Al Hashimi emphasized at the conference that UAE Innovates 2023 will be a catalyst for nations’ efforts to promote innovation and sustainability, in line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in declaring 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability”.
She said the nationwide celebrations reflect the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, that the future belongs to those who can imagine, design and implement it, adding that the event will also promote a culture of innovation in government to the UAE and the wider community and will highlight the impact of all the innovations that will be showcased and celebrated during the month-long event.
Al Hashimi further stated that UAE Innovates is the largest national event celebrating innovation and talent across the country with government and private sector entities.
Abeer Tahlak touched on the new features of UAE Innovates 2023, which will witness hundreds of in-person and virtual events, including competitions, presentations and innovation hackathons across various regions in the UAE, adding that the events during February will reflect the vision of the leadership in embracing and incorporating sustainability into everyday life. important sectors, above all; innovation.
This year’s UAE Innovates Award 2023 will also have an additional category for the most sustainable innovative project, a special category included this year in line with the UAE Year of Sustainability. In addition, the winners of the SAE Innovates 2023 award will be recognized at the closing ceremony of the event.
During the press conference, representatives of the UAE Innovates Executive Councils shared details of the events and activities planned by each of the emirates.
Mubarak Hamad Al Mheiri, Abu Dhabi Deputy Minister of Education and Knowledge, said: “We believe in the importance of collaboration to strengthen the culture of innovation, develop national capabilities and increase competitiveness and ability to meet the requirements of the national key. industry in the future. The active participation of various government entities in the UAE Innovates 2023 activities reflects our commitment to help fulfill the vision of our leadership, which sees innovation as a key pillar and driving force for the development of various sectors.”
Abdullah Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of the Dubai Executive Council, said: “The UAE is synonymous with innovation. From the “One Million Programmers” initiative to the Museum of the Future, and from metaverse strategies at the federal and local levels to the Dubai Research and Development Programme, the country has established itself as a capital of the future and a leading destination for innovators. around the world.”
Al Basti added: “UAE Innovates, now in its eighth session and held under the patronage and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, epitomizes the country’s commitment to innovation. . The UAE and its leadership in innovation, which has fueled the country’s development over the past five decades, has contributed to high positions across global innovation indices.
Al Basti concluded: “Dubai’s innovation experience, guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, is a story that deserves to be shared with the world. It represents an example of what innovation can achieve for humanity. We are proud of the broad participation of Dubai government entities and private sector companies in UAE Innovates 2023.”
Asma Rashid bin Taliah, Secretary General of the Sharjah Executive Council, said: “There is a deep-rooted culture of innovation in the Government of Sharjah based on the vision and directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who puts science, knowledge and sustainable development at the center of progress.”
“Within the guidelines set by the Executive Council headed by H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, all government entities are working around the clock to promote innovation, develop their services and launch initiatives,” he added. “The emirate’s government includes innovators and talents who, through their dedicated work and creativity, have contributed to the development of government services and strengthening Sharjah as an environment that fosters innovation.”
Muhammad Sorour Al Naqbi, Acting Secretary General of Umm Al Quwain Executive Council, said: “UAE Innovates supports the national innovation strategy and contributes to strengthening the country’s position as a global innovation hub. It also motivates the public and private sectors as well as individuals to adopt innovative practices. Innovation has become a pillar of government work in the UAE, embracing and applying the principles of innovation to find solutions to challenges in creative ways.”
Al Naqbi added: “We are grateful for the support of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, as well as H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain and Chairman of the Executive council of Umm Al Quwain. Our leadership has been invaluable in spreading a culture of knowledge and encouraging innovation that supports the development of government and society.”
Al Naqbi explained: “UAE Innovates is a continuation of the country’s approach to spreading a culture of innovation and improving government work. Innovation is a key pillar of development in various fields and this annual platform reinforces the UAE’s position as a global innovation hub.
“Working with the local and federal government, the UAE Innovates team in Umm Al Quwain coordinates with all government agencies in the emirate to organize events, activities and workshops. It also supports the work of innovation labs in creating new innovations that contribute to improving the work of governments,” concluded Al Naqbi.