On April 29 this year, three Indian students in Dubai embraced the future. Eyes filled with hope, two highly capable athletes and one tech genius from the Indian High School signed up for the first-ever Dubai 10X initiative – Rahhal.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced the pilot phase of ‘Rahhal’ – a part-time learning concept, as part of the Dubai 10X initiative, which is overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). The highly- ambitious programme enables students to study different subjects in different schools, across different curriculums. However, Rahhal is only the beginning.
When the DFF was launched two years ago, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that shaping the future and making it is no longer a theoretical concept but a key factor for countries to achieve competitiveness in the global arena. Sheikh Mohammed said: “The future is not built on possibilities and numbers but on clarity of vision, planning, action and implementation.”
The foundation gave birth to ‘Office of the Future’ – a concept that focuses on 3D printing strategy – and ‘Dubai’s Autonomous Transportation Strategy’- a strategy that aims to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation to autonomous mode by 2030.
The foundation also gave rise to Dubai 10X – a concept of disruptive innovation that catapults the emirate 10 years into the future. Khaleej Times takes a closer look into top four 10X ideas that will disrupt innovation and break barriers in Dubai.
Speaking about Rahhal, Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “The whole world will be a classroom. Rahhal (means traveller in Arabic) will provide a learning experience that prepares students for life’s test, not a life full of academic tests.”
Al Karam noted that questions of learning in one school by one teacher were raised during the brainstorming process. “Why do children have to start school at four, go to college at 18, then work at 21? Learning is endless and each person has to move at their own pace and be provided with the learning style that suits them,” he said.
Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director-general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA-D), said that by 2030, the smart gates at Dubai airports will replace passport officials’ platforms with a view to reducing the human involvement factor in application of Dubai’s 10X initiative.
Al Marri said: “We have created smart gates projects in an exclusive and modern way, and this amounts now to about 122 smart gates. We have created a number of smart projects at Dubai international airports, the latest of which is “Next-Generation Departure” project, which will enable passengers complete their travel procedures in the least time possible.”
10X: ‘C3 Court’
Dubai will soon implement the world’s first judicial system in which all three courts – first instance, appeals and supreme court – will hear cases concurrently rather than consecutively. The unique initiative reduces the total time frame for the three proceedings for each case from 305 days to 30 days.
Tarash Eid Al Mansoori, director-general of the Dubai Courts, said: “The C3 courts’ project will merge the three levels of litigation into a single court consisting of three judges, each representing a level of litigation (first instance, appeal and cessation). All court proceedings will use modern technologies, including electronic file and remote communication.”
Dubai 3i, by the Dubai Economic Department, seeks to create an innovative industry sector outside the traditional framework by providing live data on industrial opportunities, enabling industries to harness the latest technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), big data and 3D printing, and transforming the industry to be less labour-intensive and more technology-intensive. ‘3i’ will seek to establish Dubai as an incubator for all modern industries, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and exporters. Sami Al Qamzi, director-general of the DED, said: “Dubai 3i will focus on creating a suitable future government environment for new industries based on artificial intelligence and smart industry.”
Source : The Khaleej Times