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Dubai Future Fellowship to engage current and future economic leaders


Sheikh Hamdan chairs a meeting in Dubai on Sunday.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has announced the launch of the Dubai Future Fellowship programme.

The programme aims to engage current and future economic leaders to contribute towards shaping Dubai’s policies, regulations, and business practices and further enhancing the city’s leading regional and global role as an incubator for the most promising innovators of the future. The programme has identified leading experts, entrepreneurs, innovators, and representatives of international organisations and institutions to join the programme aimed at reinforcing Dubai’s leadership in designing the future of vital sectors.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed said: “By establishing the Dubai Future Fellowship, overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation, we aim to provide a platform for impactful dialogue on creating a better future for all. The initiative is another significant step in Dubai’s journey to become a leading city of the future by fostering strong partnerships.” He further said: “Dubai continues to invest in designing the future. This initiative will act as a source and sounding platform for new initiatives and opportunities to strengthen Dubai’s economic competitiveness and its emergence as one of the world’s best places to live in. The ‘fellows’ in the programme will be trusted advisors who can help us develop new concepts that will boost Dubai’s readiness to integrate changes in the economy, technology, education, and all aspects of our daily lives.”Identifying, working with, and trusting those who have intimate knowledge of Dubai and what is happening around us is a crucial part of our efforts to foresee, design and execute the future. These efforts are underpinned by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”

He added: “The ‘fellows’ will work together to anticipate the future of key sectors, identify and harness opportunities, and study potential challenges. The ‘fellows’ will also shed light on the most significant global transformations, emerging technologies and new economic sectors.” The Dubai Future Fellowship programme features diverse specialised fields including health, education, technology, entrepreneurship, retail, environment, banking, commerce, real estate, media and entertainment, law, arts, tourism, hospitality, sports, and space, among others. The fellowship represents an international network of distinguished personalities and experts who are known for their achievements in the government, economic, technological, and future sectors.

The network will be instrumental in developing and implementing future-oriented strategies in Dubai and the UAE.The Dubai Future Fellowship programme will contribute to enhancing Dubai’s ranking in global competitiveness indices by providing recommendations on various key sectors, as well as addressing challenges and opportunities and suggesting new initiatives to further develop these sectors. The ‘fellows’ will hold regular meetings and workshops to discuss the future of key sectors in Dubai, in addition to preparing annual reports and launching specialised programmes and initiatives.Further, the ‘fellows’ will help identify key sectors that will drive the future of Dubai’s economy. They will also suggest solutions to challenges and facilitate collaboration between the public and private sectors, both locally and internationally, to achieve this goal.

Meanwhile, Dubai Customs has met with the Global Innovation Institute (GInI) to discuss how they can further enhance their customs services and boost returns on commercial operations.

Dr. Hussam Jumaa, Director of Service Innovation at Dubai Customs, and Anthony Mills, the Executive Director of the Global GInI, discussed various initiatives to improve strategic services within Dubai Customs, including the unified trade platform, the city experience, and the 360 services policy.

Dr Jumaa emphasised Dubai Customs’ commitment to achieving the best results in creativity and innovation, stating that innovation has become a solid corporate culture for them.‘’Dubai Customs applies the latest and most important global standards in innovation and creativity strategy, forming specialized teams in all sectors and departments to stimulate creativity, receive new ideas and innovations, and evaluate and mature them.’’

The fruitful meeting with the Global Innovation Institute aimed to discuss ways to improve and develop innovative customs services in line with global trends in this regard in line with Dubai Customs’ 2021-2026 plan, he added.

Dubai Customs achieved an unprecedented global achievement by obtaining the Innovative Organisation certification at the pioneering level from the Global Innovation Institute, becoming the first customs institution in the world and the first government organization in the UAE and the Middle East to obtain this recognition.

Meanwhile,  CAFU, the Mena region’s first on-demand car service, announces its expansion into Canada on the eve of its second Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report. The business has been developed entirely in the UAE, one of the most innovative nations in the world, launching in 2018, CAFU was inspired by the nation’s visionary leadership and its aspiration to create new smart car solutions for its citizens and residents.

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