Knowledge Summit 2018 theme announced

DUBAI, 11th June, 2018 (WAM) -- The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, MBRF, has unveiled the theme for its upcoming Knowledge Summit 2018, the prominent annual event bringing together decision makers, academics and experts from around the world to discuss the production and dissemination of knowledge.

The fifth edition of the annual Summit is set to take place on 5th and 6th December 2018, bearing the theme 'Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy'. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of MBRF.

The 2018 Summit is in line with the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 to build a competitive economy that promotes investments in knowledge, supports creativity and innovation, and embraces advanced technologies to improve people’s wellbeing and empower a generation of entrepreneurs. It also aligns with the general direction of the UAE and the objectives of the UAE National Agenda for Youth, which seeks to support young Emiratis and provide them with opportunities to benefit from their skills and channel them towards serving their communities and ensuring sustainable development.

Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF, said, "The Knowledge Summit embarks on its fifth edition with a new message to the world – a message that focuses on the youth and their indispensable role in shaping the future of our Arab region and the world. The youth are the engine driving the advancement of societies and the catalyst ensuring their sustainability and future-readiness."

"The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation is looking to reaffirm its role as a leading knowledge institution, and empower a new generation of future leaders," bin Huwaireb added. "Over the years, the Knowledge Summit has showcased Dubai’s role as a global hub for the knowledge industry, underlining the emirate’s great capacity for forecasting and preparing for the future."

The CEO went on to explain that the spotlight is being put on the youth in this year’s Summit given their influence on the rest of society. Young people make up 65 percent of the population in the region, he noted, which makes it important to channel their energy towards sparking a radical, region-wide knowledge transformation.

The Knowledge Summit 2018 will host various discussions covering the knowledge economy rooted in human capital; the digital economy; and the Islamic economy and its role within the knowledge economy. Topics will also include the youth’s role in building these knowledge economies, as well as human capital and its function as a cornerstone for holistic and sustainable development.

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