Global Future Councils to meet in Dubai
Annual Meeting of WEF knowledge network to be 'world's largest thinktank'
Dubai will play host to the first Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils next week, which will discuss future planning around issues such as energy, healthcare, education, security, mobility and infrastructure.
The Network of Global Future Councils has been formed by the World Economic Forum, as an interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on critical global issues.
The Future Council's meeting, which takes place 13-14th November, is being hosted in partnership with the UAE government. The event will bring together over 700 thought leaders from business, academia and government, and is co-chaired by His Excellency Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
The Meeting addresses such topics as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its future prospects, and will develop solutions to the challenges that may arise, in addition to exploring technological advances in various sectors.
"The World Economic Forum is honoured to have a close partnership with the United Arab Emirates to drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Recognizing the societal, economic and business impact of the revolution is essential to prepare in a proactive way a world of prosperity and peace. We are proud to have chosen Dubai as the place and the hub for truly designing the future," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
HE Al Gergawi said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the World Economic Forum for this important new global initiative that will shed new light on our collective futures. Holding the first Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in Dubai cements the UAE's position as a global platform for planning for the future and its leading role in the global efforts to create a better future. We look forward to productive sessions that provide real insights, visions, and ground-breaking ideas to overcome the challenges facing the strategic sectors that most affect people's lives. The Councils will spearhead the efforts to find innovative ways for governments and communities to be prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
"Planning for the future has been a core principle of the UAE Government since the country's inception. "The United Arab Emirates was founded on ambitious visions for a bright future. The country has steadily moved forward under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which resonate with the same future-focused vision."