In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed launches new start-up hub 'Area 2071'

Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed launches Area 2071 at Emirates Towers to encourage young national leaders to lead national institutions, as well as design and create innovative opportunities for the future.
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Area 2071 will deliver a new way of working, where creative individuals, disruptive start-ups, government accelerators, corporate X-Labs and innovation units, venture capitalists, designers and research & development (R&D) institutions will gather to solve the world’s greatest questions and co-create radical and breakthrough solutions to advance humanity, aided by the latest advances in technology. (Image:
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Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum asserted that the United Arab Emirates is marching ahead with its ambitious plans to adopt innovation as a tool for realising future goals set forth by the UAE Centennial 2071 plan. Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks came during the launch of ‘Area 2071,’ a melting point where innovative ideas and solutions are translated into reality. (Image:
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It will also house all UAE Government Accelerators and Dubai’s Future Acelerators. (Image:
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Accompanying Sheikh Mohammed on the visit were Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Dubai Deputy Ruler HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and HE Mohamed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Image:
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The ‘Area 2017’ will act as an umbrella that brings together venture capital, R&D, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry-disruptive start-ups, SMEs. (Image:
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His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, the Chairman of the Executive Office (TEO) of His Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid today has appointed Abdulaziz Khalid Al Jaziri as Director of Area 2071. (Image:
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The UAE Centennial 2071 plan is based on a lecture given by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in which he set outlines for the future of the UAE. (Image:
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It also includes strategies for diversifying the economy by relying less on oil and focusing education programmes on advanced information technology and engineering. (Image:
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The centennial plan is aimed at strengthening the country’s reputation and soft power, building Emirati values and ethics for coming generations, and improving the economy’s productivity and community cohesion. (Image: