Starting from next year, UAE Innovation Week will be renamed UAE Innovation Month and will be held from 1st to 28th of February 2018. This move comes in the backdrop of the great success of the second cycle of the UAE Innovation Week, which concluded on 26th November and saw a community-wide interaction during some 1,250 creative sessions held across the UAE.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of the National Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation affirmed that Shaikh Mohammed’s directives adds qualitative changes to the structure and form of the UAE Innovation Month, include the expansion of this national event to celebrate innovation and innovators and attract the best innovations nationwide.
He noted that the large turnout from all segments of society, private, public and academic institutions, represents a major factor in the success and motivation for the development of this innovative experiment to move it to a new level.
Al Gergawi explained that the UAE Innovation Month aims to empower innovators and employees of government agencies, as well as participants from all segments of society, to have access to all events, and visit the events hosted by participating parties across the UAE.
He added: “UAE Innovation Month will see major events in each emirate, events will be open to the public”, noting that key initiatives supporting innovation in the UAE will be announced during 2017.
Al Gergawi explained that these changes were the result of the good feedback during the first cycle of the event and the huge number of requests from international organizations to hold innovation conferences in the UAE. He indicated that the next cycle would see several international events related to innovation.
He added that the UAE Government interacts with people’s ambitions, accepts new ideas and adopts innovation to explore the future and find solution for any anticipated challenges.