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23 April 2024

Hamdan bin Mohammed attends talk on Middle Eastern cities’ contributions to advancing human progress


H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, today attended a talk on the vital role Middle Eastern cities have played throughout history in advancing human progress.

The event held at the Za’abeel Majlis was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

The talk was delivered by Dr. Roy Casagranda, Professor of Government at Austin Community College (ACC) in the USA, known for being an expert on the Middle East. Also attended by ministers and other dignitaries, the talk was focused on the role that Middle Eastern cities have played throughout history in the evolution of civilization, advancement of innovation and the growth of commerce, especially as vital nodes in global trading routes. Dr. Casagranda noted that while the influence of cities in the region in shaping the world’s evolution has waned over the last three centuries, Dubai has recently emerged as a new hub for growth, generating innovation and ideas that are playing a key role in shaping the world’s future.

Dr. Casagranda highlighted the key factors for Middle Eastern cities to regain their roles in driving human development including education, innovation, and nurturing talent. He stressed the significance of creative problem-solving and the government's role in creating a supportive environment for social progress. Dubai was presented as a prime example of these principles in action, reflecting its commitment to generating new ideas through collaborative efforts between government, private sector and the community.

H.H.Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed also met with a group of volunteers participating in ‘Day for Dubai’, an initiative that invites the people of Dubai to give one day of their year back to help those in need.

During the meeting, attended by Dherar Belhoul Al Falasi, Executive Director of Watani Al Emarat Foundation of UAE, Sheikh Hamdan praised the efforts of volunteers and the contributions they have made, including their role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the successful organisation of the UN climate conference COP28 in Dubai. Al Falasi expressed gratitude to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed for encouraging volunteerism and fostering community partnerships.