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Dubai Future Foundation in collaboration with Haykal Media inaugurates the region’s first ever EmTech MENA

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Futures Foundation and Haykal media inaugurate the region’s first ever EmTech MENA 2018, a platform designed to address the future trends of technology in an evolving world.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by HE Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, HE Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, HE Abdulla bin Touq Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet and HE Khalfan Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation.

Organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) publication, the MIT Technology Review the world’s oldest technology publication since 1899, EmTech MENA hosted prominent global and regional business leaders to engage in discussions around technologies within the region, and how the latest trends are shaping communities of the future. The event also witnessed the launch of the first edition of MIT Technology Review’s Arabic edition.

The diverse line-up of speakers concentrated on promoting dialogue between innovators, critical thinkers and technology leaders to be able to build sustainable and eco-friendly economies within the region, and in the overall global world. In attendance were world renown leaders such as Abdulsalam Haykal, CEO of Haykal Group, Saleh Alhashemi, CEO, Alef Education, Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO, MIT Technology Review, Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia and several established MIT professors.

Since its inception in 1999, EmTEch has become the world’s most influential conference on emerging technologies, focusing on growing economies across the United States, Europe, South America, India, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

In his opening address, Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, mentioned “We are attending one of the top global technology events in Dubai and at a place that is quickly becoming a global hub for innovation. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, once said, “The future is not built on possibilities and numbers/ but on clarity of vision, planning, action, and implementation.”

“We are living in a time where years are mere seconds in the life of technology. What was impossible ten years ago, is becoming a reality today. Our wise leadership in Dubai have realized early on the need to be forward looking and having a future mindset that will take Dubai and its residents into the future. We have realized that this task, while enormous, is not impossible. To accelerate the process of innovation and our push towards a better future, we at the Dubai Future Foundation, have launched several platforms and initiatives to support the development of a living, growing technology and innovation ecosystem, that is designed to bring together the creative minds from across the globe and work together in collaboration for the betterment of humanity,” he added.

The conference covered pertinent global and regional issues such as artificial intelligence, smart governments of the future, cybersecurity, and building eco-friendly cities across the region. Discussions around the future of critical infrastructure, breakthrough of innovation, and the future of the world in 30-40 years was the highlight of the conference.

“Through EmTech MENA and the MIT Technology Review Arabia, and the Innovators Under 35 program, we are building a unique platform for innovators, scientists, and engineers in the region. This platform will inspire ideas, spur collaboration, and make powerful connection vital to vital for growth and revival in our region,” said Abdulsalam, Chairman of Haykal Media.

Introducing the publication to the region, Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO and publisher, MIT Technology Review added: “Founded in 1899, the MIT Technology Review aims to bring together decision makers from all over the world to assess the current realities, in order to make better, and more informed decisions. With platforms such as EmTech MENA, we are able to showcase our research and findings to reach the relevant audiences. Technology across all sectors will prove to be beneficial to the communities that we live in, and with our publication we aim to reach out to readers providing them with data that will enable them to implement the research in their current projects.”

The MIT Technology Review launched first edition of the MIT Tech Review Arabia in the Arabic language, to reach an audience that are now in the implementation phase of emerging technologies in the MENA region. The aim of the magazine is to populate high quality and credible Arabic content online from the world’s most prestigious source, MIT. The website is now also live, for readers to review hundreds of articles in AI, technologies, cybersecurity, the challenges and opportunities of eco-friendly cities, from around the globe and the MENA region.

About Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone
Marc Mcilhone is ArabBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

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