High-Profile Arab Knowledge Experts to Speak at the Knowledge Summit 2016

  • Ministers of education from around the Arab World discuss the role of reading in building a national identity
  • E. Jamal bin Huwaireb will inaugurate the Summit with an opening address, in addition to announcing the results of the Arab Reading Index

High-profile knowledge experts and renowned personalities have signed on to take part in the third annual Knowledge Summit, organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – on December 5-7, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel.

Bearing the theme “Knowledge… Present and Future”, the three-day Summit is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The expert speakers of the summit include a constellation of prominent Arab public figures and influential stakeholders from around the world.

The Summit will officially kick off with the opening ceremony, where His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, will be giving his welcome address, greeting the experts and dignitaries who have come to take part in the third annual Knowledge Summit. The opening ceremony will also see addresses by Turki Aldakhil, Saudi journalist and media figure, General Manager of Al Arabiya Television News Network in Dubai; as well as Fatima Al Nuaimi, Specialist at Economic Development Sector General Secretary of Executive Council.

Preceding the opening ceremony, the first session (a panel discussion titled “Future Foresight and Decision-Making”), will feature Sulaiman Al Kaabi, CEO of the Future Foresight Foundation. Later in the day, the fourth session (“Future Foresight – Against Ideological Extremism”) features Dr Jawad Anani, Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, and Ambassador Theodore H. Kattouf, President and CEO of AMIDEAST. The fifth and last session of day one, will see H.E. Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) address the topic of “Knowledge and the Future Cities”.

H.E. bin Huwaireb will also kick off day two of the Summit, announcing the results of the Arab Reading Index – along with Dr Hany Torky, Chief Technical Advisor of the Arab Knowledge Project – in a session titled “The Future of Reading in the Arab World”. The Index uses international standards and benchmarks to evaluate the realities and current status of reading in all Arab countries. The following session, meanwhile, will see H.E. Dr Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Emirati Minister of Higher Education discuss, with a number of education ministers from around the Arab World, the role of reading in promoting and preserving national identity in the session titled “Reading… Diagnosing Reality and Future Foresight”.

Beginning at noon on day two, the third session of the day is titled “Education Technologies and the Future” and features H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, H.E. Dr Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Arab States Research and Education Network (ARSEN). Following that, the fourth session of the second day will tackle “The Arab Reading Challenge” with Ayman Jarrah, Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab Reading Challenge; Muna Al Kendi, Project Manager at the Arab Reading Challenge; and Dr Najoa Al Griss, Expert at the Arab Reading Index.

The day concludes with H.E. Saeed Al Remeithi, Member of the Federal National Council and Chairperson of the Youth Parliament Forum, accompanied by Sarah Amiri, Head of the Council of UAE Scientists, in an open discussion with 20 Arab Youth Ambassadors titled “Youth… The Future”.

The first session of the third and final day of the summit (“Knowledge and the Future of Health”) features Prof. Mohamed Ghoneim, Prominent Kidney Surgeon, while the third session of the day (“Media and Making the Future”) brings together Ali Jaber, Dean at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication at the American University of Dubai; and Mohamed Sobhi, Egyptian actor, to discuss the concept of the media of the future and social media’s impact on traditional media’s role, among other topics.

This will be followed by a session titled “Information and Knowledge”, where H.E. Hussain Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, will be speaking about the role of libraries in building knowledge communities, as well as the importance of big data and information databases in promoting knowledge communication. H.E. Lootah will be shedding light on the significance of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library.

The annual Knowledge Summit includes the announcement of the results of the Arab Reading Index, as well as announcing the winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, which honours individuals and organisations who’ve made outstanding contributions to the dissemination and production of knowledge around the world. A spectrum of events and workshops will also be organised on the sidelines of the summit, in addition to a number of specialised workshops.

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