Ideas Arabia concludes annual conference in Dubai

The conference brought together a number of delegates, business leaders, industry experts, and professionals from across the world.
Updated 02 July 2019

Ideas Arabia concludes annual conference in Dubai

Dubai Quality Group last week hosted the 14th Ideas Arabia International Conference & Competition in Dubai under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of Emirates Group.

The conference, held under the theme “Ideas Owners, Own the Future,” spotlighted the need for innovation for the survival of organizations.

In attendance were Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, chairman of Department of Civil Aviation Ras Al-Khaimah; Hassan Omar, chairman of Dubai Quality Group, and Hussein Al-Fardan, chairman of Ideas Arabia and UAE Ideas.

The conference brought together a number of delegates, business leaders, industry experts, and professionals from across the world.

Speakers included: Osman Sultan, CEO of du; Dr. Anne van Ewijk, assistant professor in management, Abu Dhabi University; Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane, senior lecturer, University of Minnesota; Christopher Abraham, senior vice president, institutional development & professor of leadership, design thinking & organizational behavior, S P Jain Dubai; and Deborah Webster, founder, Amani Circle.

Winners of the Ideas Arabia Competition 2019, conducted on the sidelines of the conference to recognize the most significant ideas implemented by companies during the previous year, were declared at the end of the event.


A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

Some of the projects at Global Grad Show held last week in Dubai correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Updated 19 November 2019

A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

A one-of-a-kind exhibition, showcasing graduate projects from more than 100 universities from 43 countries, in the fields of design, science, technology and engineering, was held last week in Dubai.
Held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, Global Grad Show opened its 5th and most diverse edition to date on Nov. 12 and ran until Nov. 16.
New entrants include established names such as Columbia University, Goldsmiths and the University of Pennsylvania, alongside leading universities from countries participating for the first time, including Colombia, Kuwait and the Philippines.
Global Grad Show is a significant component of Dubai Design Week, which is held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Earlier this year, Global Grad Show was named as a key initiative under the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s plan to evolve Dubai into a global hub for culture and innovation.
Sheikha Latifa said: “This initiative is at the heart of Dubai’s vision to create a brighter future for all people through progress and innovation. Global Grad Show is a call to action for government and private entities to revisit their challenges and needs in response to current socioeconomic issues. I encourage all entities to engage with the students and collaborate to bring their ideas to life.”

HIGHLIGHT

This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.

Mohammed I. Al-Shaibani, executive director and chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai, said: “With each year of Investment Corporation of Dubai’s participation at Global Grad Show, we have witnessed ever greater enthusiasm and interest from the international cultural, creative, and intellectual communities. This reception is a true endorsement to the calibre that the Global Grad Show has developed over its five years.”
Under the curation of Eleanor Watson, Global Grad Show explores how innovation can impact our lives through different spheres: The Human, The Home, The Community, The City and The Planet. Some of the projects correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Ranging from high-tech to low-tech solutions, highlight projects in the 2019 exhibition include: “Swiv,” a toothbrush for children with cognitive disabilities, allowing them to clean their teeth with a single physical motion; “Jarvis,” a mixed reality headset, enabling doctors to accurately measure the brain’s response to distractions or activities when conducting cognitive tests for severe head trauma, pharmaceutical efficacy and ADHD; and “Ro-Biotics,” a microscopic robot created from 4D printed materials to be ingested in the place of an antibiotic, which captures infections in the blood stream.
This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.