Previously known as the UAE Innovation Week is now The UAE Innovation Month is set to be celebrated all over the UAE from Feb 1 – Feb 28 this year. A month with Innovative Events and Activities across the UAE with over 1000 activities.
This year it will be kicking off from Abu Dhabi and move to all the other seven emirates. Also linked with Year of Zayed, it will also be highlighting the role of the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan as an Innovator. From parks, civic bodies to Google Innovative Hub Launch, the initiative is to hold key events and competitions.
Huda Al Hashemi, assistant director-general for Strategy and Innovation, UAE Prime Ministerâs Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future is positive to inspire innovative minds by giving more time to visit and interact with these activities. She says,
âWhat makes this edition special is that it will be going on for an entire month and moving from one emirate to another, starting from Abu Dhabi on February 1 and ending in Dubai on February 28. It will be a month filled with over 1,000 innovative events and activities.â
She also announced Innovation Truck this year which will be moving along the innovation route in each emirate and seen at all the main gatherings all over UAE. She said,
âThe moving platform of innovation is going to be a hub and will serve as a place where the big announcements will be made and will have workshops organised. We have also the snap-card Innovation Safari which people can participate in through our social media platforms to win prizes through vending machines.â
Al Hashemi said that after the launch of this initiative by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, it has become an important pillar in the governmentâs implementation of the national innovation strategy to develop innovative approaches for the government work.
âWe started with a mission of enhancing the culture of innovation and creativity among all UAE nationals, expats and visitors in the first year of the event. With that already being achieved, we now wanted to focus on expanding the events and have main events open on the weekend for the public to join,â she said.
Starting from Abu Dhabi in the first week, there would be launch of the Google Centre for Innovation in UAE University and Innovation Lab competition which will be announced by H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. The second week in Ras Al Khaimah, the Seaside Startup Summit will be held, inviting entrepreneurs from all over the world to compete and build team spirit. Fujairah will also be holding various seminars and forums in this week.
The third week will be seen in Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain witnessing various workshops and other activities. Ending the last week in Dubai with Innovation Majlis held by Dubai Health Authority and Arab Innovation event which will be the biggest innovation event in the Arab World.
Al Hashemi said,
âThe main events will be taking place at places where the public would usually gather, so we chose the Abu Dhabi Corniche, Murjan Island in RAK, Fujairah Beach, Al Majaz Waterfront, Emirates Hospitality Centre in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain Shaikh Khalifa Hall and City Walk in Dubai.â
âThe moving platform of innovation is going to be a hub and will serve as a place where the big announcements will be made and will have workshops organised. We have also the snap-card Innovation Safari which people can participate in through our social media platforms to win prizes through vending machines,â she said.
UAE Innovation Month Timeline
Dhabi: February 1-7
Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah: February 8-14
Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain: February 15-21
Dubai: February 22-28
For more information on the activities can be found at the official website: www.uaeinnovates.ae
Among the many participant students, professionals and companies in these events, you will also find Star Wheeler, an innovative complete auto-care platform which has been selected and invited to participate and showcase at Seaside Startup Summit, in Ras Al Khaimah in the second week and Arab Innovation in Dubai in the last week of this amazing UAE Innovation Month.
The team of Star Wheeler will be displaying their innovative solution to solve one of the biggest problems of Transportation sector by providing complete auto-care for every consumer in this innovation month. So do visit us in Ras Al Khaimah from Feb 8 – Feb 12 and in Dubai World Trade Centre from Feb 26 – Feb 28 at innovative startup centre.