Dubai aims to become test bed for new technologies
Crown Prince launches Dubai Future Accelerators initiative to bring together top firms and entrepreneurs to develop 'transformative technologies'
Dubai has launched a new initiative which aims to bring together top international companies and entrepreneurs to enable the rapid deployment of "transformative technologies" across the city.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has launched the Dubai Future Accelerators.
The initiative will include the application of cutting edge technologies like AI and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, biomimicry and biotechnology, news agency WAM reported.
The Dubai Future Accelerators will focus on the identification and deployment of futuristic prototypes and products at a city-wide scale, it added.
Sheikh Hamdan said the launch of the initiative was in line with directives from Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform the UAE into the global capital "to explore and create the future".
Accelerators are programmes and integrated systems designed to support entrepreneurs and innovators to turn their ideas into successful companies, he added.
"Throughout history, Dubai has created and recreated the government and industries it needs in order to take advantage of the world's most important trends and opportunities. From the creation of Emirates Airlines to our world leading ports, business centres and tourist infrastructure, we have always identified what is needed next and done what was necessary to make it happen," he said.
Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and vice chairman of Dubai Future Foundation, added: "Today we continue that process by launching Dubai Future Accelerators. We invite all those across the world who want to create a better future to come to Dubai and help us create a better future.
"Those lucky enough to be selected will get to experience first hand how readily we can move mountains together, how quickly we create change, and how anything is possible. Let it start here in Dubai, but let it touch the entire world," Al Gergawi said.
"When it comes to innovation, there is a flood of good ideas but not enough champions with courage and vision to test them out," he added.
Entrepreneurs and technologists from around the world will be invited to submit proposals and winners will be flown to Dubai and provided dedicated creative workspaces in the Future Accelerator's newly-opened facility in Emirates Towers.
They will then participate in a three month programme working closely with industry experts, government partners, and mentors to develop proposals for world-leading prototypes and test deployments of their cutting edge approaches.
At the conclusion of the programme, the most promising solutions will be selected for implementation and commercial development.