Our Vision

To Make Dubai a Leading City of the Future

Our Mission

To Collectively Imagine, Inspire and Design Dubai’s Future

Chairman's Message

In his quest to empower the people of Dubai and improve all aspects of their lives, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, outlined a bold, clear approach that places future-readiness at its very core.

The Emirate of Dubai pledged long-term commitment to this development process. A bright future, after all, is not secured overnight; creating the future we want requires determination, hard work and a specific and advanced set of skills, tools and technologies. To that end, we set out – with the full support of Dubai’s leadership –to hone the skills of our current and future generations, develop their abilities and strengthen their knowledge.

Dubai is on a mission to build a bright and prosperous future today, rather than wait for that future to come to us. Here in Dubai, we are reaping the fruits of our future-focused approach. The emirate today is a global hub for business and the future economy, and a magnet for the world’s brightest minds, who come here to launch initiatives, explore the challenges of the future and convert them into opportunities for sustainable development. Our government institutions have also become centers of excellence in foreseeing the future.

Dubai is an international role model for promoting partnerships, co-operation and joint ventures across many different sectors. With international technology companies testing their future solutions here, we have ensured our leading position in the future industry. The emirate has achieved in a short period what many countries failed to accomplish over decades.

Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation

Future Events

organise interactive exhibitions inside and outside the UAE to explore of the future of sectors

Future Partners

a network of global partners, establishing specialized companies & launching joint initiatives with international companies

Future Cities

cooperating with government entities to launch specialized strategies and pilot projects to achieve global leadership for the UAE

Future Making

establish value-added new sectors through initiatives such as Future Incubators

Individuals

Individuals’ Future Agenda pillar aims to build the capacities of individuals in making the future

Organisations

The Organisations’ Future Agenda pillar will enable organisations to drive innovation within their sectors

Sectors

The Sectors’ Future Agenda aims to support the role of future sectors of the national economy

Vice Chairman's Message

The UAE’s development story, envisioned by our leadership, is led by the long-term vision to build a future that meets the aspirations of the Emirati people, and to achieve all-round excellence in every chosen endeavor. An unwavering commitment to achieving this vision has established the UAE as a hub for the future economy, as directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to establish solid foundations for a better future for generations to come.

At the Dubai Future Foundation, we believe that setting the framework for a better future is not an option, but an imperative. We see challenges as opportunities to push our boundaries and achieve what others consider to be impossible. We believe that building a brighter future can be achieved only through a strong understanding of the present and a clear vision for the future.

Since its establishment, the Foundation has launched a plethora of international initiatives and projects that are in line with the Dubai Future Agenda and that reinforce the strategic partnership between the government and the private sector. We have forged partnerships with the world’s most prestigious universities, academic institutions, and innovation-led corporate entities – and will continue to do so – in order to explore and discover future solutions.

Today, the Dubai Future Foundation attracts the world’s leading thinkers and innovators, and we are on course to position the UAE as a global center for future technologies.

Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi,
Minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs,
Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation

CEO Message

The world today as we see it is witnessing rapid changes across all sectors and industries, the future can be (lived/ foreseen) right here in our present. With the legacy of our forefathers, and in line with the vision of our leadership, Dubai has long realized the significance of keeping pace with future technology and making the best of innovation to shape a better future.

And this is the core of what Dubai Future Foundation represents; the tangible outcome of this vision to define the future in the present.

With this mandate, the Foundation has within a short period of time created world-class innovation platforms for ideas to take shape, established strategic partnerships both locally and globally and has managed to foster an environment that encourages and recognizes creative minds from around the globe.

Guided by a strategic roadmap, and through collectively imagining, inspiring and designing Dubai’s future, the Foundation, in collaboration with the government and private entities, seeks to position Dubai as leading city of the future.

With a focus on four Strategic Business Units, including imagining and understanding the future, disseminating future knowledge, building future capacity, designing, and accelerating the future, Dubai Future Foundation continuously works towards achieving its vision and goals of placing Dubai and the UAE as the world’s platform of future knowledge and hub of innovation.

Khalfan Belhoul
Chief Executive Officer

We live in a fast changing world where the future can be felt right here in our present. Dubai has long realised the significance of keeping pace with future technology and making the best of innovation to shape a better future. Dubai Future Foundation represents the tangible outcome of this vision to define the future in the present. It is the manifestation of Dubai’s determination to take forward its significant experiences in aviation, trade, financial services and technology to the next level.

In order to transform innovation ideas to current realities, the Foundation has within a short period of time created world-class innovation platforms that encourage and recognise creative minds from around the world. Guided by a strategic roadmap in the form of Dubai Future Agenda, the Foundation is determined to chart the course to a future in which the government and private sector will have key roles to play.

Individuals, Organisations and Sectors represent the three main pillars of the Dubai Future Agenda on which the Foundation is developing future capacities and driving innovation within organisations and sectors. In partnerships with international innovation companies and research institutions, Dubai Future Foundation has been endorsing innovative capabilities to shape a better future for the entire humanity.

As the future inspires and motivates us, the Foundation will play a pivotal role in achieving the global standing of Dubai and the UAE in the realm of future technologies to realise the vision of our leadership to stay one step ahead of the future.

Khalfan Belhoul
Chief Executive Officer

Board of Trustees

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation

H.E. Mohammad Al Gergawi

Minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation

H.E. Mohammad Al Gergawi

Minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation

HE. Omar Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications

HE. Omar Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications

HE. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri

Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy

HE. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri

Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy

HE. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi

Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs

HE. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi

Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs

H.E. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid

Minister of Community Development

H.E. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid

Minister of Community Development

HE. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri

Minister of State for Food and Water Security

HE. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri

Minister of State for Food and Water Security

HE. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Technology

HE. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Technology

HE. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi

Minister of State for Government Development and The Future

HE. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi

Minister of State for Government Development and The Future

H.E. Abdulla Al Basti

Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai

H.E. Abdulla Al Basti

Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai

H.E. Humaid Al Qatami

Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority

H.E. Humaid Al Qatami

Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority

H.E. Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri

Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police

H.E. Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri

Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police

H.E. Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer

Chairman and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority

H.E. Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer

Chairman and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

H.E. Dr. Abdulla Al Karam

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of The Knowledge and Human Development Authority

H.E. Dr. Abdulla Al Karam

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of The Knowledge and Human Development Authority

H.E. Adel Ahmad Al Redha

Emirates' Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

H.E. Adel Ahmad Al Redha

Emirates' Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

H.E. Eng. Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajiri

Director General of Dubai Municipality

H.E. Eng. Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajiri

Director General of Dubai Municipality

HE. Saeed Al-Attar

Head of Government Media Office

HE. Saeed Al-Attar

Head of Government Media Office

H.E. Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar

Director General of the Dubai Community Development Authority

H.E. Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar

Director General of the Dubai Community Development Authority