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UAE set to expand Innovation Week to month-long event in 2018

Dubai ruler orders fundamental changes following the 'great success' of the second edition held this month

UAE set to expand Innovation Week to month-long event in 2018
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Photo: Dubai Media Office Twitter feed)

The UAE will expand the third session of its Innovation Week to a month-long event, renaming it the UAE Innovation Month to be held througout February 2018, it has been announced.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, ordered the fundamental changes following the "great success" of the second edition, which concluded on November 26.

It saw a community-wide interaction during some 1,250 creative sessions held across the UAE, news agency WAM reported.

The directive to make qualitative changes to the structure and form of the UAE Innovation Month will attract the best innovations nationwide, said Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of the National Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation.

He noted that the large turnout from all segments of society, private, public and academic institutions, represented a major factor in the success and motivation for the development of this innovative experiment to move it to a new level.

Al Gergawi said that the UAE Innovation Month aims to empower innovators and employees of government agencies, as well as participants from all segments of society, to have access to all events, and visit the events hosted by participating parties across the UAE.

"UAE Innovation Month will see major events in each emirate open to the public for a month," he said, adding that other key initiatives supporting innovation in the UAE will be announced during 2017.

Al Gergawi said the expansion comes after the UAE had received many requests from international organisations to hold innovation conferences within the UAE.

The National Innovation Strategy was launched by Sheikh Mohammed in an effort to upgrade government work, in line with the objectives of the national agenda to achieve the UAE Vision 2021.

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