Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Royal Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), His Excellency Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Protection in Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University HBMSU, officially ushered in the 11th version of Innovation Arabia, an introducing seminar and event committed to ‘innovation’ between East, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today, under the theme ‘Innovate, Disrupt and Transform’.

Following the opening ceremony, H.E. Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim come with by a variety of VIP’s, visitors, speakers and leading innovators in the UAE and abroad, visited the exhibit location where they were presented to the most up to date innovative modern technologies in different fields.

On the sidelines of the opening ceremony, His Excellency Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, said: “Our presence at this yearly event shows HBMSU’s vision and goals in advertising the culture of creativity and innovation, in addition to our efforts to reinforce our efforts in scientific research within the education sector and equal global modifications in the 21st century. Innovation Arabia is an important incorporated platform that supports the vision of the UAE’s leadership for the country’s future, focused on developing the nation as one of one of the most innovative and established on the planet.”

From his side, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and the Chairman of the Seminar’s Greater Board, gave thanks to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his kind patronage of the seminar and for his regulations, which has actually made Innovation Arabia one of the most vital global conferences. His insight of the future is plainly embodied in his instructions to us that world is altering, and we have to handle this modification by boosting education to be all set for the future.

Dr. Al Awar also thanked to H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, for his presence at the opening ceremony of the seminar where he invited all speakers and guests who came from all over the world to join the event. Dr. Al Awar explained that the present version of Innovation Arabia is being held in conjunction with the “Reading Month” initiative, which is an unique occasion in the UAE.

He said: “Reading is the very first step in the direction of education and knowledge. It is the actual window to see the achievements of our ancestors. Reading is the first block in constructing the towers of innovation and just what pioneers use to the culture. Innovation Arabia coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed,’ which was stated by the UAE’s smart management to honor this excellent leader, that had made basic modifications in education system, where he let the door of education available to individuals of this country, which is the goal embraced by our University to reach all the Arabs through a comprehensive reshaping of education.”

Dr. Al Awar emphasized on the significance of the partnership with INDEX to relocate the seminar to a global level, as HBMSU plans to cooperate with INDEX in launching the Asian and the European editions of Innovation Arabia under the title ‘Asian Innovations’ and ‘European Innovations’ respectively. He also praised the honest initiatives made by INDEX, under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, in organizing the present version of Innovation Arabia.

On his part, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and the Executive Chairman of ‘Innovation Arabia’ stated, “Innovation Arabia 11 will considerably aid us in achieving our objective of establishing a culture of innovation in the UAE and the Arab world and make it possible for the flow of imagination while additionally gain improvement in numerous key industries including health, education, renewable energy, framework, transport, water and space, in accordance with Dubai’s 2021 vision, which aims making Dubai a key hub for trade, logistics, financing and tourism.”

He included, “This year, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions is incredibly honored to reveal the launch of the Eastern and European versions of Innovation Arabia under the title ‘Asian Innovations’ and ‘European Innovations’ in collaboration with HBMSU. Through such campaigns, we intend to move the successful themes and principles of ‘Innovation Arabia’ past the coasts of the Arab World to Asia and Europe, which are currently undertaking rapid transformation with the arrival of future technologies shifting business versions across various sectors.”

He concluded: “Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Event, aims to provide an extremely interactive platform for exchange of ideas in between leading trendsetters and young minds with a number of scientific sessions and poster presentations.”

On the sidelines of the opening program, leading pioneers, magnate and professionals were recognized for their key contribution in instilling a culture of innovation in their respective areas through The Research and Management Excellence Awards. The Parasuraman Service Excellence Prize was granted to Mohamed Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi from Rochester Institute of Modern Technology RIT, The Harrington Best TQM Thesis/Project Award was provided to Ahmed Salem Mohammed Salem Al Memari, The British University of Dubai, The Feigenbaum Management Excellence Award– Rising Stars Leaders to Anas Bukhash, Establishing and Managing Director, Bukash Brothers, The Feigenbaum Management Excellence Award– Achieved Leaders was awarded to Dr. Maryam Matar, Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association and The El Baz Award for Excellence in Organizational Sustainability went to Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence.

This year, Innovation Arabia 11, will review the impact of innovation on 4 key industries and locations, including Smart Discovering, Business and Top Quality Administration, Health and Setting and Islamic Banking and Money. Amongst the subjects covered throughout the initial day of the conference were, ‘Mapping the UAE Health System: Challenges and Recommendations’, ‘Create Cool Culture’, ‘FINTECH, The Opportunities for Islamic Finance’ and ‘Higher Education in an Age of Disruption’ among others.

Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition, is continuous till March 13, 2018 and being arranged by HBMSU together with INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding, and the assistance of Dubai Investments and Hamdan Awards.


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