In pictures: Ruler of Dubai attends 2nd Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils
The two-day event, which kicked off yesterday at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, will see participation of over 700 scholars and future experts from 75 countries.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that governments, international organisations, and entrepreneurs should adopt a novel and flexible approach to address key future challenges. This year, the 35 councils' brief is to focus their collective knowledge on creating a vision for the year 2030 that overcomes current and future challenges, with the ultimate aim of creating a future more sustainable and human-centred than the world in which we live today. Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future of the United Arab Emirates, announced the UAE’s intention to develop a national strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Building on the UAE’s status as a global hub for the future industry, the event provides a platform for attendees to exchange knowledge, expertise, best practices and success stories in order to develop proactive solutions to the challenges in the near, medium and long-term. The Councils’ outcomes are the valuable raw material that governments around the region and the world can use in developing their strategies and programmes for the future. Underlining the importance of the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said that the event plays a dynamic role in supporting the development of vital sectors affecting societies all over the world. There's no better place for the "biggest brainstorming on the future" than the UAE, Professor Klaus Schwab told the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils. He pointed to their inspirational use of technology to shape the future in a positive way.