Dubai Future Accelerators, the city's innovative approach to address future challenges, has launched its second cycle with plans to include reducing hospital emergency visits by 30 percent over the next 10 years.
Mohammed Al Gergawi, vice chairman and managing director of Dubai Future Foundation, said the initiative has become a platform to anticipate and create opportunities and solutions ahead of time following a successful first cycle.
He added: "Coinciding with the success of the first cycle of the program that attracted some of the world's leading innovative companies and achieved cooperation with them to develop innovations for the future, Dubai Future Accelerators has now been expanded with its second cycle.
"It will harness a wider range of modern technology and innovation to find effective solutions to the challenges in key sectors for achieving the prosperity of the society.
"We seek to build partnerships between government and private sector companies globally that will help create well-developed technological models that lay strong foundations for the future of the UAE as a hub for innovative ideas.”
There are a total of 11 challenges covering vital sectors in the second cycle of the Dubai future Accelerators program, which sees 11 entities from government and private sectors taking part.
They include Etisalat Digital which aims to address the healthcare sector by reducing Emergency Room visits by patients in the UAE by 30 percent by 2027.
Start-ups will tackle this challenge by leveraging predictive healthcare management solutions to address life-threatening situations linked to chronic diseases and by using technologies such as wearables, telemedicine, cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics.
Saleh Alabdooli, Group CEO of Etisalat, said: "Etisalat Digital's partnership with Dubai Future Accelerator is a commitment to the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to transform the UAE into the global capital for creating technology advancements that define the future of humanity.
"We are looking forward to working with these bright minds, and we will be supporting them through all our platforms, and resources to enable them to achieve the targeted goals."
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it is also taking part and aims to launch innovative solutions for payment and ticketing while also developing autonomous vehicles.
Other entities taking part in the second cycle include Dubai Health Authority, du, Dubai Police and Dubai Holding.
Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: "By combining innovative enterprises and the government sector in Dubai, the second cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators will be a perfect opportunity to find solutions for the challenges that face vital sectors and provide innovative models to upgrade its services. Over 12 weeks, the program will bring together companies and government agencies in Dubai to explore the technologies of the future, and using them find solutions to the challenges facing cities.”