Dubai – United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Innovation Arabia 11, a pioneering conference and exhibition dedicated to ‘innovation’ in the Middle East, will be held from the 11th to the 13th of March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, under the theme ‘Innovate, Disrupt and Transform’.  

Innovation Arabia Conference and Exhibition, comes at a time when there is a growing realization around the globe that ‘innovation’ is an essential driver of economic progress and has a huge impact on businesses and the economy of all countries. In order to reflect the 10X mission of Dubai Government, Innovation Arabia 11 aims to embrace disruptive innovation and encourage future accelerators to address 21st century challenges. Keeping that in mind, Innovation Arabia will discuss the impact of innovation on 4 parallel tracks and themes including Smart Learning, Business and Quality Management, Health and Environment and Islamic Banking and Finance.

 While the Quality and Business Management track include some topics such as ‘A Leap into a Quality Future, Innovation, Transformation and Future Studies’, the Islamic Banking and Finance track will focus on ‘Fintech for Islamic Finance: The Innovation, Disruption and Transformation of the Islamic Banking and Finance Industry. In addition, the Health and Environment track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Transforming Healthcare and Environmental Systems’ while Smart Learning track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Leading the Future of Smart Learning’.  

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and the Executive Chairman of ‘Innovation Arabia’, said, “Our aim at Innovation Arabia 11 this year, is to put in place a platform where opportunity can meet talent and young innovators can discuss creative solutions with professionals in the industry while also brainstorm new ideas in a highly interactive and stimulating environment. We realize that there are unexplored reserves of talent in the Arab world and keeping this in mind, Innovation Arabia, will hope to leverage the untapped talents of young minds in the region.”

He added, “Innovation Arabia 11 will witness the participation of 13 keynote speakers and it will feature 32 sessions on Smart Learning, Quality and Business Management, Islamic Banking and Health and Environment, wherein experts will offer their insights on innovative practices in their fields.”

Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at HBMSU, said: "The 11th edition of the Conference, with the theme" Innovate, Disrupt, Transform", focuses on innovation as a key tool for bringing about fundamental and central changes within various sectors in the Arab world primarily the business, health, environment, smart learning and Islamic economics sectors. The importance of the Islamic economy is seen as a vital resource and a contributing factor in the transition to the "post-oil economy". Hence, "Innovation Arabia" is an important platform to discuss and research the prospects of growth in various sectors, including this vital sector, and to study future steps to consolidate bridges of knowledge transfer and encourage investment in research and development in this field with the aim of promoting the Islamic economy."

Apart from discussing how innovation can have an impact on a number of sectors during the conference, Innovation Arabia 11 exhibition, running parallel to the conference will also witness the participation of leading companies from the region and abroad while also expecting the attendance of over 1,000 visitors and participants over the 3 days.

Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition running until the 13th of March, 2018 is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - a member of INDEX Holding, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and the support of Dubai Investments and Hamdan Awards.


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