Dubai – MENA Herald: His Excellency Abdulla Al Basti, Vice chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Arab Strategy Forum announced that the 9th edition of the Forum will be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016. His Excellency stated that the success of the 8th edition opens wider horizons to build on the momentum and ensure more achievements in terms of providing the audience with deeper and comprehensive analysis of the political and economic state of the world and the Arab region. The upcoming edition of the Forum will offer decision makers advanced tools that will help them formulate policies aligned with the new trends.

Al Basti added: “the knowledge atmosphere that the UAE provides under the guidance of our leadership and with the support of our people will contribute to the achievement of stability, prosperity and advancement.

The 9th edition of the Forum in 2016 will explore the state of the Arab region and the world in 2017 and convene high profile speakers and experts in economy and politics.

Al Basti continued: “the Arab Strategy Forum has become a global platform gathering experts and politicians from different parts of the world. We hope that future sessions will coincide with better circumstances where the discussions will focus more on collaboration and mutual agreement instead of conflicts and crises. We also hope that terms such “development, construction, growth and progress” will take a larger space in the dialogues instead the ones that reflect the negative reality we’re witnessing nowadays”

Thanking all the participants for their contribution to the success of the 8th edition of the Forum, Al Basti concluded:” this success has been possible due to the joint efforts of all of you. It is a testimony of the goodness residing in human nature regardless of the challenges.

The Arab Strategy Forum was launched in 2001 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Forum successfully attracted prominent leaders and thinkers across its previous editions and raised significant discussions on the challenges facing the world. The Forum had hosted the former US president Bill Clinton, the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, the American thinker and professor Samuel Huntington as well as Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google and Kofi Anan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations.