Latifa bint Mohammed

Latifa bint Mohammed opens ‘Prototypes for Humanity’ exhibition

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of Dubai Council, inaugurated the ‘Prototypes for Humanity’ exhibition at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The inaugural event brings together cutting-edge ideas, projects and technologies to address critical issues facing humanity.

Organised in partnership with DIFC, the world’s leading financial centre for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, with the support of Dubai Culture and A.R.M. Holding, the exhibition is a key initiative of Dubai to find solutions to the complex challenges facing humanity.

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed said that Prototypes for Humanity is in line with Dubai’s strategy to innovate and empower talent to build a better future for humanity. The initiative also reflects Dubai’s vision to raise awareness of sustainability, creativity and innovation, Her Highness said, noting that the emirate has led key innovative initiatives to achieve this goal.

The unique event, which builds on the success of the annual Global Grad Show, an innovative university design show held since 2015, aims to raise awareness of the impact of social and environmental issues, but from a pragmatic problem-solving perspective.

The programme launch brought together a panel of leaders from Dubai’s diverse industries, including healthcare, innovation, technology, energy and business, to discuss strategies and opportunities to use the city’s infrastructure to support the development of real-world solutions for a better world.

At the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed along with DIFC Governor His Excellency Essa Kazim announced the winners of the Prototypes for Humanity Awards, who received prizes worth US$100,000. The award, which aims to encourage academic excellence in critical areas of sustainable development, recognised four projects for their outstanding work in the fields of environment, health, society and corporate solutions.

After the opening, Sheikha Latifa met with decision-makers and officials from government and the private sector to exchange views on the initiatives implemented in their organisations. The meeting also discussed the tremendous opportunities associated with attracting international talent and innovation to Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The first edition of the event brought together 160 university students and faculty from around the world to showcase 100 best-in-class innovative projects. Projects developed by university students in a variety of scientific, technical and creative disciplines were selected from 450 universities in over 100 countries – from mobility solutions that capture carbon to a portable defibrillator to autonomous power sources.

DIFC CEO Arif Amiri welcomed universities, students and professors from more than 50 countries, who were then introduced to the city’s efforts to build a sustainable future.

The event will bring together a group of leaders from private business, government agencies, investors, academics, local and international stakeholders at DIFC, including A.R.M. Holding, which has committed AED 10 million to an innovation support fund, to discuss how to unlock the potential of academic ingenuity to create a better future.

The exhibition, which is free to attend, takes place at DIFC, Atrium, Building 5 Precinct, and is open to the public from 16-17 November from 1pm to 9pm.

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