Value Innovators take note: “In the race of excellence, there is no finish line”

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Dubai_Expo_2020We are building a new reality for our people, a new future for our children, and a new model of development ~Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“My own country (the UAE) stands where it stands today because since our inception we have given the utmost priority to the human mind. Our land has always been a safe harbour for great thinkers. We have welcomed innovative minds and given them the freedom to create. By working together, thousands of experts and specialists from the UAE and around the world have built in Dubai the:

  • World’s tallest skyscraper,
  • Largest man-made islands,
  • Largest automated metro network and
  • Third largest airline in the world (Emirates).

In our capital Abu Dhabi, they built the world’s largest carbon-free city, complete with advanced research facilities for renewable energy. Great artistic and cultural minds are collaborating to build a vast cultural and artistic city complete with the greatest international museums.”

“The Government’s job is to achieve happiness for (its) people.” ~Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

UAE_VP_HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became UAE Vice President and Prime Minister in 2006. His leadership vision has put UAE citizens’ empowerment, welfare and happiness at the core of all reforms and initiatives implemented since his accession.

Sheikh Mohammed has been the driving force behind the transformation of modern Dubai into a major global city and the establishment of the UAE on the world stage. Today Dubai stands as a major centre for international trade as well as tourism and is home to over two million people representing over 220 nationalities.

As a passionate proponent of open, service-led governance and strategic planning, HH Sheikh Mohammed has led major reforms to make government more business-like. The swift, yet progressive, governmental improvements have taken place through a bundle of well-thought-out initiatives driven by innovation, creativity and the principles of transparency and accountability. HH’s vision for the UAE has been proven successful through achieving unprecedented rankings on global indexes and has lately achieved number one worldwide for government efficiency, according to IMD data.

“The UAE is not just a financial and economic nucleus, neither is it just a tourism hub: we are also a nerve centre of a global humanitarian work.”  These words of Sheikh Mohammed physically manifest in the many charity and humanitarian foundations established by HH, which are major local and international players providing assistance and opportunities to the less fortunate around the globe.

While investing in the human capital has always been the utmost priority for HH, women’s contributions in professional and social contexts have always been highly acclaimed by HH. “we have already moved beyond the phase of empowering women. Indeed, we are empowering society itself through its women,” he said highlighting the importance of UAE women workforce.

Is this what Value Innovators do?

There are 6 Keys to enable an Innovation Culture.  Once you’ve defined what Innovation means (#1), the CEO needs to champion innovation.  Is there any doubt who is championing innovation in the UAE?

What is your organization doing?

Most of this content has been downloaded from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s LinkedIn profile.  We encourage you to explore more.

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