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Tuesday, July 18 2017 - 06:41
Dubai Future Accelerators Opens Applications for the Third Program
DUBAI, UAE, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

             - Emirates airline joins the Dubai Future Accelerators 

       - Region's first Humanitarian Accelerator combines technology for good 

- Program develops regulatory friendly environment to support deep technology 

    Dubai is calling on the world's most innovative companies to help find 
solutions to the biggest challenges of the 21st century. The third cycle of its 
flagship Dubai Future Accelerators program, run by the Dubai Future Foundation, 
focuses on building partnerships and developing regulatory friendly 
environments that support deep technology start-ups with the potential to 
radically improve the world.

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    Beginning in October this year, government entities and technology partners 
will join forces to develop innovative solutions for healthcare, education, 
travel, energy, water, and more. The program integrates 4th Industrial 
Revolution-inspired technologies such as AI, robotics, blockchain, 3D printing, 
genetics, and virtual reality, with the government providing regulatory support 
to develop pilot projects at the city-wide scale.

    The first two editions of the program recorded overwhelming success, 
attracting more than 4,000 applications from the world's most innovative 
companies. Out of the 65 accepted companies in the first two cycles, 74% signed 
a with a government partner to work on pilot projects.

    In the third cycle, the program will launch a new humanitarian accelerator 
in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives. This is a first 
of its kind in the Arab World that will connect technology start-ups with UAE's 
humanitarian sector to multiply their positive impact. It will focus on 
creating job opportunities for refugees, educating refugee children and 
increasing Arabic literacy, as well as testing new solutions for water 
sanitation in underprivileged countries.

    Emirates is also joining the Accelerators to drive new opportunities in the 
aviation sector, using autonomous robotics and personalisation to transform the 
airline into a, greener, more responsive and sustainable platform for global 

    Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Accelerators, said: "Over the past 
year, we have enjoyed remarkable success in terms of the enthusiasm of 
participating government entities and the number of partnerships signed with 
pioneering companies. This year, we will see new partners come on board to 
collaborate with global innovators to create advanced working models and future 
solutions. This will consolidate the UAE's - and Dubai's - position as a 
leading test bed of government support for technologies that tackle the biggest 
challenges of our time."  

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    Dubai Future Foundation  

    Dubai Future Foundation was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin 
Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of 
Dubai, in April 2016, as an independent transformation unit that helps shape 
the future of Dubai.

    The Foundation cooperates with governmental and private entities to 
co-create the future of strategic sectors in the medium and long term, through 
the Future Agenda, which focuses on supporting individuals and institutions.


SOURCE: Dubai Future Foundation