11/01/2017 08:13 AST

The ‘UAE Economic Outlook 2017,’ under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, and to be hosted jointly by the Dubai Department of Economic Development and the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. The event will be held on Jan.17-18 in Dubai.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chief Executive of the Emirates Group and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee in Dubai, will deliver the keynote address at the forum – 4th in an annual series - to be held under the theme ‘Getting a Headstart on Tomorrow: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Growth and Diversification.” Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade, will also address the morning session.

The event will bring together key decision-makers in the UAE public and private sectors along with local and international economists and researchers to analyse the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in future economic development and diversification. The first day of the event will feature presentations and debates on the opportunities and challenges central to the economic prospects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the year 2017. Meanwhile, the second day will focus on the policy environment that best supports innovations, sustainability and diversity.

Referring to the strategic importance of the event in highlighting the UAE’s role in global economy, Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED, said: “The UAE Economic Outlook has been a significant step in promoting sustainable economic development in the UAE and showcasing the varied opportunities this country presents for the business community worldwide. Encouraging public-private co-operation is the core objective of the event and it can be achieved only through dialogue and sharing of perspectives on the latest economic developments and variables.”


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