Known as "the city of the future", Dubai is a leading centre for research and development (R&D) in emerging industries.
Dubai is shaping an enabling ecosystem to allow businesses across sectors to innovate. It has underlined this ambition with a raft of futuristic long-term strategies, across AI, blockchain, 3D printing and Internet of Things (IoT).
Smart Dubai continues to work to transform Dubai into a smart city and becoming the intelligent, responsive and personalised city of the future. Since its inception, the Smart Dubai Office has launched over 130 initiatives in partnership with government and private sector entities.
Dubai Future Foundation
The Dubai Future Foundation aims to support the advancement of the city through a series of initiatives. The four Dubai Future Labs, launched in 2019 with the aim of driving enterprise and innovation in the emirate, are further evidence of a city determined to give priority to being at the global forefront of technology and science. Dubai Future Accelerators, extends entrepreneurs from around the world opportunities to collaborate with Dubai-based government entities as well as industry giants in a rotating 9-week programme.
The Foundation is also home to the region's first Affiliate Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and focuses on developing policies that support the development of next generation technologies including Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology.
The city’s 3D printing agenda was launched to position Dubai as a hub for 3D printing technology. It focuses on three major sectors, namely construction, medical products and consumer products. Around 25% of the emirate’s buildings are expected to be 3D printed by 2030 under this ambitious programme.
Dubai also continues to drive the innovation agenda through forward thinking pursuits and the development of exponential thinking.
City of innovation
The Global Innovation Index, GII, ranked UAE among the top 3 innovation economies in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region and 36th globally.
Dubai is also ranked in the top 20 of the most innovative cities in the world. Although Dubai is in its infancy compared to other global cities, the emirate reached an impressive 16th position out of 28 cities.
The emirate was noted as being especially strong in the field of output and performance, with the launch of new products and services and outputs of technology. It also scored well in government support and building the culture of innovation.
Powered by tomorrow’s thinking
Its agile regulatory framework allows it to be continually looking forward. These factors combined, continue to build an environment where creators and innovators are inspired and enabled.
Global hub for business growth
Dubai is building smart, hyper-connected infrastructure to help drive the innovation agenda and ensure Dubai delivers sustained growth, resilient to global volatilities.
Backed by committed investment in key growth sectors and smart city development, Dubai seeks to consistently be ranked in the top five global centres for trade, logistics, tourism and finance.
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