Shaikh Mohammed: 'Change or risk having no place in future'
Dubai - High-profile decision makers and influential business leaders are set to converge at Madinat Jumeirah on November 13-14
Planning for the future is a responsibility shared by governments, private-sector institutions, and international organisations, affirmed His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ahead of the inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils.
High-profile decision makers and influential business leaders are set to converge at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on November 13-14 to explore the future of strategic sectors, as the UAE hosts the first Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, the world's largest future think tank.
"Exploring the future and planning for it is a fundamental element of achieving prosperity and progress for societies," said Shaikh Mohammed added. "It is the only way to accurately draw scenarios and prepare for the challenges that the world is expected to face in multiple fields and sectors, and, more importantly, to convert them into opportunities that we can capitalise on to improve the quality of human life.
"We have to anticipate the changes that our world will inevitably go through, and take note of the changes that are already taking place - most notably, the technological revolution. If we lag behind and fail to catch up to these changes, we will have no place in the future. We must, therefore, act quickly to ensure our progress and maintain the prosperity of our societies."
He said the UAE is pleased that the country's experience in planning for the future is "strongly represented today in this global event", as top Emirati experts, including leading figures from the government and private sectors, will take part in the annual meeting.