HH Sheikh Mohammed launches 10x initiative

10X initiative to encourage out-of-the-box thinking from Dubai government entities

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HH Sheikh Mohammed launches 10x initiative Sheikh Mohammed addressing the World Government Summit. (GETTY IMAGES)
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 14, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched a new initiative for Dubai government to make Dubai the leading city in the world.

The ‘10X' initiative, is intended to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and to put Dubai ten years ahead of other cities.

Speaking at the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Mohammad said every government institution will be tasked with coming up with at least three projects per year that will focus on out-of-the-box solutions. Government entities will be expected to embrace ‘disruptive innovation' and experimental thinking.

He added that 10X would emphasise the need for planning in government. The UAE has not suffered adverse effects from low oil prices because of the planning and preparation carried out by government, Sheikh Mohammad said. The country has also focused on strategic planning for future energy requirements for 2050, which has enabled it to reduce the expected required investment from $1,300bn to $600bn.

HH Sheikh Mohammed noted that Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, will follow up with each government entity to check their progress on the project, and HH Sheikh Mohammed will also follow up with entities as well.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "Traditionally, governments are known all over the world to be resistant to change and bureaucratic organisations that are last to adopt disruptive innovation. The future is a collection of ideas and ambitions that are made and tested in experimental laboratories, and today's initiative transforms Dubai into the world's largest laboratory for the governments of the future.

"The future will not be as patient with us as the present. The future belongs to those who affect radical changes, not those who make minor, gradual improvements. Today, I am calling on all government leaders and employees to embrace disruptive innovation and find new, creative and truly disruptive approaches and technologies to delivering their mission rather than incremental and minor improvements. We are a young and energetic government who want to be leaders in disruptive innovation and technology."

Disruptive innovation refers to exploiting available technologies to deliver new or existing services in radically different ways that are design-thinking-based and customer-focused, in contrast to incremental innovation, which focuses on making good services better for existing customers. Instead, disruptive innovation will create new operating and business models that replace traditional services and provide multiple times the value for end users and customers.

Government entities will be expected to present the first three ideas within the next three months.

Each organisation will also be expected to set up an ‘X unit', an independent group that will develop disruptive ideas to help their organisation deliver beyond its usual remit.

Government entities will also be mandated to develop systems, processes and labs to trial and scale radically disruptive technologies and approaches in order to deliver on their respective missions; and to partner with disruptor companies and startups to offer better services and improve citizen happiness. They should also identify regulatory barriers or obstacles to adopting new practices and eliminate them.

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