Dubai rises up Dubai Innovation Index 2018

Dubai Chamber releases results of latest index of innovation in cities worldwide

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Dubai rises up Dubai Innovation Index 2018 Dubai continues to make great strides in its transition to a knowledge-based economy, says HE Hamad Buamim, CEO and President of Dubai Chamber.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 24, 2018

Dubai has risen one place on its own ranking of the most innovative cities worldwide.

The Dubai Innovation Index for 2018, compiled by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), showed Dubai rising to fourteenth out of the thirty cities on the index.

The findings of the latest Index were released by Dubai Chamber as part of UAE Innovation Month 2018.

The Dubai Innovation Index measures innovation output on a city and industry level and provides analysis on key challenge areas as well as strengths. Through the Index, the Chamber aims to strengthen awareness and enhance participation of Dubai's private sector in the innovation efforts of the emirate.

The top-performing cities on the latest index were Hong Kong, which climbed two spots to rank first globally, followed by New York (2nd), London (3rd), Singapore (4th) and Seoul (5th). Dubai and San Francisco were the only two cities that showed consistent improvement in their rankings over the last few years.

The latest Dubai Innovation Index Report highlighted considerable headway made by Dubai's government in adopting long-term innovation strategies, while it has also launched various initiatives to foster innovation across all segments of society and support the emirate's transition to a knowledge-based economy.

The innovation score of Dubai's private sector increased by 3% this year, after a 6% rise from 2015 to 2016. A significant improvement in Dubai's Skills and Talent score was observed, further emphasising the importance of developing human capital to encourage innovation throughout all of the emirate's economic sectors.

The Index's findings were compiled following in-depth surveys conducted by a large sample of Dubai's business community, including representatives of leading companies and institutions. The results showed that 92% of survey respondents said they believe that developing the right business strategy that supports and encourages innovative thinking will improve their firms' innovation capabilities.

The survey also showed that businesses believe that government should focus on setting formal policies and regulations to protect intellectual property, launching initiatives to boost innovation output (most notably through incubators, innovation awards, and accelerators), and financing and funding through government-backed innovation funds.

The report noted that innovation enablers in Dubai's private sector have strengthened over the last year as more company adopt measures to enhance their capabilities and participate in innovation-related activities, while it also highlighted opportunities for both the private and public sectors to further develop the innovation infrastructure and enforce Intellectual Property regulations and laws.

His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, said: "The results of the latest Index show that Dubai continues to make great strides in its transition to a knowledge-based economy and global innovation hub. Efforts to foster innovation have been introduced across all segment's society, with notable achievements made within the city's public and private sectors."

Dubai Chamber's President and CEO noted that the third edition of the Index points to an urgent need to develop skills and talent in a fast-changing business world, adding that additional investment in education, research and development is needed to improve in this area and ensure that youth have access to new job opportunities.

He explained that Dubai Chamber launched the first Innovation Index in 2015 with the aim of fostering a culture of innovation within Dubai's business community, evaluating the city's innovation performance and identifying key strengths as well as areas where it needs to improve.

Moreover, the results of this year's study show that recommendations outlined in the previous Dubai Innovation Index had a significant impact on Dubai's current innovation scores. Initiatives were put in place by both the private and public sectors to improve education, import talent from abroad, and embrace the newest technologies across various sectors.

Dr. Anil Khurana, Partner for Strategy and Innovation at PwC, said: "PwC is proud to be part of the third edition of the Dubai Innovation Index, and highly committed to supporting Dubai in driving its innovation aspirations. The Index framework has evolved and further demonstrated its practicality by enabling Dubai to use the insights from the Innovation Index in its ongoing progress towards being a leading innovative city."

"Digital innovations are having a disruptive impact and global cities are facing acute pressure to build their innovation capabilities to remain competitive," Dr Khurana added. "The study highlights three main areas of development for Dubai that will benefit both private and public organisations for their future needs, namely: developing the education system; investing in research and development (R&D); and building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem."

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