Under the guidance
of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, the
UAE Cabinet, in its extraordinary meeting on Sunday morning November(30th)
2014, in Fujairah Fort, approved the declaration of 2015 as the year of
innovation in the UAE. The Cabinet issued instructions to all federal
authorities to intensify efforts, enhance coordination, and begin a review of
the general government policies, in order to create an environment conducive to
innovation that puts the UAE on top of the world in this area.
His Excellency also
emphasized the importance attached by the UAE to this subject and said: “The
Declaration of 2015 as the year of innovation comes to support the efforts of
the Federal Government, mobilize the sincere national energies, intensify the
distinguished research efforts, and enhance the efforts exerted for the
creation of national cadres that lead our future in this sector towards further
progress, prosperity, and innovation”.
"Today we live in a world of rapid changes and continuous developments, a
world that has great discoveries and inventions, and we must prepare our
generations in a way commensurate with the world we live in, to secure a place for
us among the nations, and make a bright future for us as our present day"
His Highness praised
the efforts of the Federal Government under the leadership of His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and
Ruler of Dubai, to launch a 7-year national integrated strategy for innovation,
of which the first phase includes 30 national initiatives, in order to make UAE
in the forefront globally in the field of innovation.
He also praised the
efforts of the local governments that consolidated innovation in major fields
and sectors, such as the renewable energy, transport, technology, water, and
space, and their efforts in integration with the unified national visions in
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum has confirmed that the directives of His Highness the
Head of State to declare 2015 as the year of innovation has come at the right
time to stimulate efforts, mobilize the energies, and build teams at the
federal and local levels and with the private sector, in order to achieve the
vision of His Highness in building a solid future for the coming generations.
His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "Today we need, more than ever, to
stimulate the spirit of innovation in our youth, create stimulating
environments for them in our society, encourage our universities and schools to
establish methodologies for research, investigation, and exploration for the
new generations, and push our public and private sectors to explore new areas
for the development of our economy ", and added that innovation is the
only way to build a glorious history for the UAE, and the future will be for the
owners of ideas and innovation.
The Cabinet has
reviewed during the meeting a range of topics and recommendations for the
improvement of services and the launch of a number of national initiatives for
the year 2015, and it took the appropriate decisions on them.
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