19 November 2015

TECOM Group announces programme of over 35 activities for UAE Innovation Week

Key supporter of the Dubai Government’s innovation vision

Dubai, UAE: TECOM Group, Dubai’s leading business enabler and member of Dubai Holding, has announced a week-long programme of over 35 activities and events to spearhead innovation across its six sectors during UAE Innovation Week. The UAE Innovation Week comes in line with the directive of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark 2015 as the “Year of Innovation”, and will serve as a definitive platform and destination for innovation and innovators in the region. The week also builds on the National Innovation Strategy which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai as a primary tool to achieve UAE Vision by 2021.

As a committed partner in the Government’s efforts to transform Dubai into an innovation-led economy, TECOM Group’s communities across the ICT, Media, Education, Science, Manufacturing and Design sectors will engage the community through a series of workshops, seminars, talks and competitions, in close collaboration with their business partners, to champion innovation and promote the exchange of knowledge and creative ideas.

Commenting, Malek Al Malek, CEO, TECOM Business Parks, said;

“Our business communities have played an important role in promoting Dubai’s development into a vibrant, knowledge economy, and we are making great progress with realising our Innovation Strategy, with all of our creative communities proactively supporting Dubai’s next phase of growth into an innovation-led economy.”

“As the only organisation that innovates across six industries, TECOM Group has an important role to play during UAE Innovation Week, and our extensive programme of events and activities will engage the community and showcase our commitment towards empowering and engaging SMEs and start-ups, equipping them with the skills to drive forward innovation.”

Open events and workshops across TECOM’s communities, including Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Design District and Dubai Science Park, will cover important topics such as design thinking, promoting creativity and talent, language learning and more, to educate the wider business community about innovation and provide the right tools to facilitate the development of innovation-skills and knowledge.

A series of targeted i-talks, i-conferences and i-workshops will run throughout the week at Dubai Internet City’s in5 innovation centre, to empower SMEs and start-ups and give them the opportunity to learn important innovation and business-related skills, and will cover key topics such as how to start a business, how to do an investor pitch, funding and fundraising strategies and the importance of SME friendly business tools.

Recognising the importance of encouraging the wider community to be part of the innovation journey, Arab Media Group, which manages ARN, Done Events and Global Village and is part of TECOM Group’s portfolio, will organise a series of creative events and entertainment programmes across Dubai, and are expected to welcome over 50,000 people.

TECOM Group’s diversified portfolio of companies, nationalities, and cultures have given the organisation an excellent foundation from which to champion innovation, and its business partners, which range from multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and SMEs, continue to work alongside each other to foster the development of vibrant industry ecosystems, and support Dubai’s development into a global hub for innovation.

A full list of TECOM Group’s Innovation Week activities can be found at www.tecomgroup.ae/innovates