LIFE AFTER COVID-19
Under the leadership of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Dubai Future Foundation and in specific, its research arm, the “Dubai Future Research”, is producing a series of short reports about life after COVID-19.
Focusing on the most important areas of our lives, these reports enable members of society, along with government officials, to better anticipate, navigate and proactively react towards the future. These reports asses the current situation, identifies the opportunities ahead and sets out some short and longer-term implications.
Through the Dubai Future Research, the Foundation is here to act as a source of information and insights about the future, and more so during this time of global uncertainty.
The coronavirus has disrupted several sectors in a short period of time, with education being one that has been asked to change rapidly, offering distant learning platforms as an alternative, immediate solution.
Luckily, the UAE government has been exploring the future of education for the past few years which eased its transition to the current demand of distant learning, amid COVID-19 pandemic.
As the global pandemic due to COVID-19 continues around the world, it has forced several sectors including the workforce to change the way they function.
The workforce is set to become more flexible as employees are asked to work from home.
Additionally, to meet this sudden change, key policies and regulations will be created to support the changing system and to allow for business continuity.
FUTURE FORESIGHT REPORT
From brain-computer interfaces to the latest in battery technology, the “Future Foresight” report covers tech trends that could affect people and the cities they inhabit worldwide over the next 20 to 30 years. It lends special focus to how these trends might impact the seven sectors laid out in the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy.
To draft this report, we picked the brains of world-renowned tech experts and collected valuable insight from people working in different Dubai government departments.
The findings point us towards the vital role that governments can play in supporting the technologies of the future and creating an economic and legislative environment that enables and stimulates the private sector. It’s more than a compendium of interesting tech trends though; it also serves as a guide for governments to understand these new technologies as they look towards the future.
STATE OF THE FUTURE REPORT
In 2017, the UAE and World Economic Forum (WEF) unveiled a groundbreaking report titled “Global State of the Future” in Davos.
Mohammed Al Gergawi, the Minister for Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Klaus Schwab, WEF founder and executive chairman, announced the new study of trends in science, technology and communications.
Backed by research from independent experts, the report highlighted developments in seven sectors affected by technology change – energy, education, transport, space, health and water.
“These studies will serve as a reference for us as we strive to accurately forecast the trends of the future,” H.E. Al Gergawi said.
SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE REPORT
Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation partnered with Gems Education to launch the School of the Future report during the Global Education & Skills Forum, held in Dubai from March 12-13, 2016.
The report states that the current schools and curriculum are based on the frameworks of the 20th century requirements to prepare an industrial workforce.
It points out that the 21st century, with its technological and communication innovations, is transforming the ‘factory style’ work requirements, and repetitive manual jobs are being rapidly replaced with automation.