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A new initiative to think creatively about the future of diplomacy in Dubai

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DUBAI, 10th March, 2022 (WAM) — The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) and the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI), today launched the UAE’s first “Diplomacy Lab”, a unique community-powered space for open dialogue and innovations in diplomacy.

The Diplomacy Lab is a new project that creates a shared space, where different entities can come together and explore innovative ideas and solutions for diplomacy in the 21st century. The Diplomacy Lab will be based at the Emirates Towers in Dubai – a unique innovation ecosystem of business incubators and government accelerators. The initiative will develop an environment that will encourage the AGDA and the FBMI to look for synergies with the private and public sectors, in a quest to prepare the country’s diplomats for future challenges.

The lab will be a community-driven space focused on innovation, culture and youth. The space will thus be used to debate the foreign policy challenges of the future, explore how diplomacy can interact with technology, or promote cultural programmes and exhibitions that reach young Emiratis interested in pursuing a career in the foreign service of their country.

The inauguration was attended by Saeed Al Nazari, Director-General of the Federal Youth Authority; Nickolay Mladenov, Acting Director-General of the AGDA, and Farshied Jabarkhyl, Managing Director of the FBMI, and the broader diplomatic community.

Mladenov said, “The AGDA is excited to partner with the FBMI in starting the Diplomacy Lab. Our goal is to create a space that brings together diplomats, students and researchers to debate future foreign policy challenges, explore how diplomacy can interact with technology, or promote cultural programmes. We are thrilled that this initiative will benefit from Dubai’s vibrant start-up culture of innovation and hope to reach young Emiratis interested in pursuing a career in the foreign service of their country.”

Jabarkhyl said, “We are honoured to partner with the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy to create the Diplomacy Lab, a space that reflects the strong role of the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative in cultural diplomacy and acts as a diplomacy tool for the UAE and for the world to see. The FBMI has been a long-standing advocate for humanitarian and sustainable aid processes and aims to create an ecosystem to teach diplomacy through the space. The Diplomacy Lab aims to build discussions around diplomacy and lends itself as an educational hub and a platform for future diplomats. This is in addition to engaging the foreign diplomatic community and bringing in new talents.”

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