Recognizing innovation as a cornerstone of social and economic development, nations around the world have set about to develop national innovation strategies and frameworks. Innovation is key to promoting economic growth, increasing competitiveness and providing new job opportunities.
Since its inception in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has constantly been distinguished as an icon for innovation and creativity, enhancing its social and economic status and transforming into a primary destination for talents and businesses in record time.
Believing that innovation is the future of human investment, the UAE Leadership emphasizes its importance across all sectors through the UAE Vision 2021: “Innovation, research, science and technology will form the pillars of a knowledge-based, highly productive and competitive economy, driven by entrepreneurs in a business-friendly environment where public and private sectors form effective partnerships.”
Emanating from its strong belief that building a human capital is far more critical than urban development, the UAE is keen on creating a wealth of human resources capable of meeting the country’s aspirations of development across various sectors. The UAE distinctly demonstrates its ability to attract and retain top talent by becoming a primary destination for educated Arab youth seeking a better professional and personal life, besides ranking first worldwide in attracting global talent.
The Vision aims to make the UAE among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union. In order to translate the Vision into reality, its pillars have been mapped into six national priorities which represent the key focus sectors of government action in the coming years.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a seven year UAE National Agenda leading to the UAE Vision 2021 which also coincides with the UAE’s 50th National Day.
The UAE National Agenda, which was developed by over 300 officials from 90 federal and local government entities, includes a set of national indicators in the sectors of education, healthcare, economy, police and security, housing, infrastructure and government services.
The UAE Cabinet approved the designation of 2015 as the Year of Innovation, in a plan to make the UAE a world innovative leader. The Cabinet directed all federal government bodies to boost cooperation and to revise their policies to develop a nurturing environment for innovation.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework. The goal is for innovation to become one of the key pillars of the UAE government in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making the UAE one of the most innovative governments around the world.
The UAE has announced the creation of a new job post – CIO of Innovation – for every government department, Deputy PM and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan revealed at the Government Summit on February 12, 2015.