Hamdan bin Mohammed opens 2019 FIRST Global DXB Challenge

October 25, 2019  

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that Dubai continues to cement its position as a global hub for major international events, thanks to its extensive expertise and advanced infrastructure. Dubai’s hosting of global technology events reflects the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to build Dubai into a global destination for young talent and create the conditions for youth to develop creative technological solutions across various sectors as part of its Fourth Industrial Revolution drive.

His Highness’s remarks came during the inauguration the 2019 FIRST Global DXB Challenge, a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) competition, taking place from 24-27 October at the Festival Arena in Dubai.

HH Sheikh Hamdan said that FIRST Global DXB Challenge reflects the futuristic vision of Dubai, which seeks to become one of the world’s leading cities in shaping the future and developing game-changing innovation in key sectors. “We remain steadfast in our journey of equipping talent with vital skills and tools and supporting creative minds in developing solutions that can help improve people’s lives,” His Highness said.

Sheikh Hamdan also said that adopting and developing advanced technologies is key to Dubai and the UAE’s drive to build the future and support youth in developing new robotics and AI solutions.

Sheikh Hamdan also welcomed the participants of FIRST Global DXB Challenge and wished them the best for the competition. The event is important as it brings together promising young talent who could form the nucleus of the scientific community of the future, His Highness said.

The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of DFF; Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development; Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Nasser bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation; Hessa bint Essa Bu Humaid, Minister of Community Development; Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State; Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security; Sara Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences; and Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, along with prominent senior officials and ambassadors of participating countries.

The event, the largest ever edition of the global competition, brings together more than 1,500 youth from over 190 countries to collaborate, create and compete for a better future. FIRST Global DXB Challenge seeks to encourage and empower youth with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), to develop their skills and equip them with the tools necessary to contribute to shaping the future.

Being held outside the Americas for the first time, the FIRST Global DXB Challenge, organised by the Dubai Future Foundation from 24-27 October under the theme ‘Ocean Opportunities’, focuses on developing robots to clean ocean pollution.


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