Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos, commended the essential role that Dubai and the UAE in organising such gatherings, where world governments and international organisations come together.

"Dubai and the UAE stand for having a very forward-looking approach, a strategic approach”, Professor Klaus Schwab said in a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), during his participation in the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, which began today in Dubai under the theme of “Shaping Future Governments”.

The world should be prepared for a lot of change, he said, but change, even if it is trying sometimes, will ultimately lead to a better world.

WGS 2024 is being held from 12th-14 February. Bringing together over 25 heads of state and world leaders, more than 85 international and regional organisations, 140 governments, and thought leaders and international experts, the Summit seeks to explore major global future trends.

This year's WGS agenda has more than 110 plenaries, panel discussions and interactive sessions, 200 international speakers, and 23 ministerial meetings and executive sessions that will be attended by more than 300 ministers.