By Entrepreneur Middle East Staff / Entrepreneur - Image Credit: Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation
Organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI), the UAE Innovation Month seeks to foster innovation with more than 1,000 activities across the nation from February 1-28, 2018. From parks displaying creative inventions throughout various cities, to a Google Innovation Hub launch, and more, the month-long initiative will hold key events and competitions to showcase leading ideas and innovators across the UAE. As part of the Year of Zayed, the initiative was also inspired by the leadership of UAE’s founder, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
On the initiative’s launch, H.E. Huda Al Hashimi, Assistant Director General for Strategy and Innovation at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office asserts that owing to the momentum of the previous years’ innovation-themed week, this year, it was extended to a whole month to give people more time to visit and interact with activities. As the event is also held to support the National Innovation Strategy, H.E. Al Hashimi comments, “The UAE Innovation Strategy clearly defines seven main sectors for innovation: space, transportation, water, renewable energy, technology, health and education- so all of these main sectors are to be key players in this.” She adds that there would be a particular focus on AI, with efforts to bring in the involvement of the youth, as well as how private sector, whether multinationals and SMEs would have their own platforms too.