Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that investment in long term innovation and support UAE national innovators are key pillar for the work of future government, with a key objective is to make innovation a culture and a way of life.
His Highness remark came as he attended festivities organized by finance ministry as part of the “Innovation Week”.
Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE Government worked on preparing a conducive environment that incubate innovation through supporting national innovators both financially and morally. His Highness stressed that supporting innovation journey requires a close partnership and collaboration between the society, government and the private sector.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, and Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, and a number of executives of the finance ministry and representatives of government entities participating in the event.
Sheikh Mohammed also attended several workshops specialised in business development, organised by MoF in cooperation with 20 different entities from the private sector.
The workshops discussed several topics including innovative thinking, the transition from an idea to an invention, virtual reality and an introductory session on how to apply to the ‘Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation’.
His Highness also attended the ‘Young Innovators’ workshop for school children aged between 8 and 12 years, where attendees learnt about the design, programming and the use of robotics by using simple and accessible tools.