Saturday 15, October 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation – part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum global initiatives – is gearing up to participate in Gitex Technology Week 2016, taking place in the Dubai World Trade Center on October 16-20.

This marks the Foundation’s first-ever participation in the yearly event, where it plans to launch a number of smart applications that resonate with the “Year of Reading 2016” initiative that was announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, as well as with the Foundation’s initiatives that aim to spread knowledge in the UAE and beyond.

The Foundation will also be showcasing the “Arab Knowledge Portal” to the audience at Gitex. The Portal is an advanced electronic platform that MBRF launched in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in an effort to produce indices and precise data regarding knowledge in the Arab world in six different sectors.

On the same note, MBRF will be shedding light on the “Dubai Digital Library” project, a sophisticated portal comprising a large collection of Arabic-language books – either written in Arabic or translated – covering numerous topics, in addition to Arab and international cyclicals, dictionaries, autobiographies, images, and maps.

His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said: “Gitex Technology Week is the perfect platform for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to showcase its digital projects and initiatives in the field of knowledge at a time when electronic services have become indispensable in all societies. The Foundation’s first participation in Gitex coincides with the UAE’s plan to build a smart government that can provide best-in-class services to the UAE society.”

H.E. added that during the fair, the Foundation will reveal a number of high-profile agreements it signed with a number of government and private institutions, that aim to amplify the efforts to disseminate knowledge, and provide the best solutions for the public to instil a culture of reading and knowledge-seeking in all segments of society.

The largest IT exhibition in the region, Gitex Technology Week attracts the most innovative and ambitious tech startups to showcase their ideas to an audience of international investors. This year, more than 400 entrepreneurs and 250 investors and mentors from over 52 countries are set to take part in the fair. Participating startups can not only showcase their concepts, but also pitch their projects to investors in a bid to win $130,000.