By Staff writer
Steve Wozniak said he was proud to think Apple had a "significant role" in the emirate's development
Legendary Apple founder Steve Jobs would have been
impressed with the speed and progress of Dubai’s fast-paced development, the co-founder
of Apple, Steve Wozniak, told delegates during the second day of the Government
Summit in Dubai.
“Although this is my first time in Dubai, I have
been very impressed with how quickly the Emirate has grown and expanded in such
a short time, as I know Steve Jobs would have been. It makes me proud to think
that through the development of the first generation of personal computing,
Apple has a significant role to play in this,” Wozniak said.
“As technology continues to evolve, a number of
governments are engaging with it and using it positively. This is certainly the
case in Dubai where innovation is currently top of the agenda.”
This year’s Government Summit has focused on
innovation and Wozniak, who built the first Apple computer in 1976, and is
credited with inventing the personal computer and heralding a new age of
technology, encouraged Dubai to continue its focus on encouraging young people
to continue pushing the technology boundaries.
“Life is changing so much because of technology and
it no surprise that many of the world’s most successful businesses have been
started by young people. In Dubai, as in the rest of the world, students and
recent graduates should continue to be valued and provided with encouragement,
investment and support so that they can achieve their dreams. With government
providing such an environment, it can encourage young talent to flourish, which
can then feedback into society exponentially,” he said.