Overview

UAE Innovation Week

20–26 November 2016

What is UAE Innovation Week?

UAE Innovation Week is a nationwide celebration of innovation for everyone in the UAE in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is one of the largest innovation initiatives in the world and a consolidated effort by government, the private sector and individuals to help create a widespread culture of innovation in the UAE and strengthen its position as a global hub for innovation.

When is UAE Innovation Week?

UAE Innovation Week will take place from Sunday November 20 to Saturday November 26, 2016 from morning until evening.

What is happening during UAE Innovation Week? Where can one go to find out?

Many activities are taking place across the UAE touching upon different themes such as exhibition showcases of innovative products and services, the launch of new national initiatives, hackathons and competitions, interactive programs such as labs and workshops, engaging talk sessions, fun evening activities in public places, and many more!

The full program of activities is regularly updated on the website and will be covered by various media channels closer to the start date.

Where is UAE Innovation Week taking place?

The UAE Innovation Week is taking place in different emirates across the UAE.

Who can attend?

Most activities during UAE Innovation Week are open for everyone to attend. There may be some invitation-only activities, which will be indicated on the Week’s official program.

How can one register?

No registration is typically required to attend UAE Innovation Week activities. Simply walk in and enjoy the festivities. There may be some invitation-only activities, which will be indicated on the Week’s official program.

Is there a fee to attend UAE Innovation Week?

No fee is typically required to attend UAE Innovation Week activities. There may be some invitation-only activities, which will be indicated on the Week’s official program.

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What type of entities can participate in UAE Innovation Week and is there a participation fee?

Any federal and local government, educational institutions, as well as private sector companies can participate in the UAE Innovation Week with no required participation fee.

How can entities submit/register an activity in UAE Innovation Week?

They can apply to the General Secretariat of the Executive Council(s) of the Emirate(s) they are based in or submit an online application form on this website.

How can entities sponsor UAE Innovation Week?

There are no paying sponsorship opportunities for UAE Innovation Week but participating entities interested in sponsoring activities can liaise with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council(s) of the Emirate(s) the activities are taking place in.

What type of activities can entities organize?

Participating entities are encouraged to organize any type of activities such as exhibition showcases of innovative products and services, the launch of new national initiatives, hackathons and competitions, interactive programs such as labs and workshops, engaging talk sessions, fun evening activities in public places, or any other innovative ideas that will enhance UAE Innovation Week as one of the most important initiatives in the UAE in 2015.

How long should activities be?

Since participating entities own their activities, they should decide on the length of their respective activities, as long as they fall within UAE Innovation Week.

Where can participating entities organize their activities? Are there spaces to rent?

There are no specific places for UAE Innovation Week as participating entities are responsible to choose their own locations to showcase their “innovations”. Activities can take place at the entities’ headquarters, customer service centers, in a public space of their choosing, or even online.