Hamdan bin Mohammed Greenlights Innovative Projects Spanning Key Sectors for Transformation

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, has given his approval for a series of groundbreaking projects spanning critical sectors, including transportation, aviation, urban planning, and healthcare.

These project endorsements represent a significant milestone within the third phase of the visionary “Dubai 10X” initiative by the Dubai Future Foundation. The overarching aim of this initiative is to position Dubai as a global frontrunner in future readiness.

The third phase of the initiative is strategically designed to initiate a profound shift in the mindset of government sector employees. Its primary objective is to ignite the creation of innovative and unconventional projects and initiatives on a global scale, with a specific focus on addressing upcoming challenges and seizing new opportunities.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed expressed

“We have greenlit an extensive array of transformative projects that will further propel Dubai towards a future characterized by innovation and dynamism. Our primary aim is to ensure that the outcomes of these initiatives markedly elevate the quality of life for both Dubai’s residents and its visitors. This entails not only enhancing their overall well-being but also giving paramount importance to their health and living standards.

“These new projects are strategically positioned to optimize and accelerate transportation networks within Dubai, elevate the travel experience at Dubai’s airports, and establish a resilient healthcare system geared towards early disease detection.”

H.H. emphasized that the “Dubai 10X” initiative serves as a resounding reaffirmation of Dubai’s unwavering dedication to enhancing government operations, nurturing collaborative endeavors, and wholeheartedly embracing innovative concepts that hold a pivotal role in advancing critical sectors for both the present and the future.

He issued directives to the various work streams operating within the Dubai government, urging them to spearhead the implementation of the approved projects. These directives underscore the imperative of harnessing the wealth of national expertise available across all government entities. The overarching objective is to translate the aspirations of the “Dubai 10X” initiative into tangible realities. Central to these aspirations is the emphasis on fortifying collaborative efforts among government entities to accelerate progress and forge innovative models that can benefit cities not only within the region but across the globe.

The meeting convened to give the green light to the new projects saw the presence of several prominent figures, including –

1.   Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Managing Director of DFF.

  1. Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, also Deputy Managing Director of DFF.
  1. Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai.
  1. Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who also serves as the Commissioner-General for the Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Wellbeing Pillar in Dubai.
  1. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of DFF.

These distinguished individuals collectively contributed to the deliberations and decision-making process during the meeting.

Project Selection and Evaluation

The projects that received approval under the third phase of the “Dubai 10X” initiative underwent a meticulous selection and evaluation process. These projects emerged from a rich pool of 79 project ideas, which were collaboratively developed by a dedicated team of over 120 government employees representing 33 different Dubai government entities.

The selection procedure was characterized by a dynamic exchange of expertise and the sharing of best practices among various government work streams. Additionally, more than 25 workshops were convened to facilitate discussions and refine these innovative concepts. Notably, some of these projects bore witness to substantial collaborations, with up to 11 government entities pooling their resources and expertise to bring these visionary ideas to fruition. This collaborative approach reflects the commitment to synergizing efforts and fostering a culture of innovation across the Dubai government landscape.

The project concepts considered during this phase were highly specialized, focusing on the future of government services across a diverse spectrum of sectors. These encompassed areas such as transportation, aviation, space exploration, energy, sustainability, infrastructure development, trade, finance, healthcare, security, civil defense, and community services, among others.

A comprehensive evaluation process was applied to these projects, with a keen emphasis on specific criteria. These criteria encompassed the projected future benefits, the proposed timeline for implementation, the potential for seamless integration with other government services, the broader impact within the emirate, and, significantly, the enhancement of the overall quality of life for Dubai’s residents and community members. This rigorous evaluation framework ensured that the selected projects aligned effectively with the vision of advancing government services in a manner that anticipates and addresses future needs.

The “Dubai 10X” initiative, first introduced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2017, stands as a transformative force in Dubai’s landscape. Since its inception, it has played a pivotal role in driving forward a multitude of visionary projects within the city.

This initiative has been a catalyst in reshaping government services by championing the integration of innovation and technology. It has not only elevated Dubai’s global standing as a hub for progressive government ideologies and innovative business models but has also instilled a robust culture of collaboration among the diverse government entities in Dubai.

Underpinning this collaborative ethos is the seamless exchange of experiences, skills, resources, and ideas, all orchestrated within a cohesive and unified framework. The “Dubai 10X” initiative continues to be a beacon guiding Dubai towards a future defined by visionary thinking, innovation, and progressive government practices.

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