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Dubai 10X: Hamdan bin Mohammed directs Government entities to be 10 years ahead of all other cities

February 16, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation, has met with the heads of Dubai government entities to discuss next steps for Dubai 10x that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched at the World Government Summit a few days ago.

The Dubai 10X sets the Government of Dubai on a mission to be 10 years ahead of all other cities – hence the name 10X (with X symbolizing experimental, out-of-the-box future oriented exponential thinking).

Placing Dubai 10X in context, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan stated, “The future belongs to those who affect radical changes, not those who make minor, gradual improvements. The future will not be as patient with us as the present. Today, I am calling on all government leaders and employees to embrace disruptive innovation and find new, creative and truly disruptive approaches and technologies to delivering their mission rather than incremental and minor improvements. We are a young and energetic government who want to be leaders in disruptive innovation and technology.”

His Highness further added “succeeding in becoming the best government in the world requires all of us to adopt a culture of creative disruption, allowing not only our tools and systems to be enhanced, but also our mindsets, to be revamped, upgraded and open to embracing disruption.”

Disruptive innovation refers to exploiting available technologies to deliver new or existing services in radically different ways that are design-thinking based and customer-focused, in contrast to incremental innovation, which focuses on making good services better for existing customers. Instead, disruptive innovation will create new operating and business models that replace traditional services and provide multiple times the value for end users and customers.

Dubai government entities are required to produce and implement three specific elements and present them to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum within one month:

  • X-Units for each government entity: the first requirement is for every government entity to set up – and staff with adequate resources – an independent X-Unit mandated with the objective of finding ways to disrupt their own organization’s practices and develop their own moonshot solutions to deliver beyond their mission. This X-Unit, such as the Dubai 10 X RTA Unit or Dubai 10 X DEWA Unit.
  • Trial and scale radically disruptive organizational structures, systems and technologies: the second requirement is for government entities to develop systems, processes and labs to trial and scale radically disruptive technologies and approaches in order to deliver on their respective missions. This plan will also need to involve reviewing and reconsidering the traditional organizational structure and hierarchies of government organizations and finding new structures that facilitate creative innovation and disruption.
  • Collaborating with and facilitating disruptive solutions and removing regulatory obstacles: the third requirement is to develop processes and methodologies that will allow each Dubai government entity to work with truly disruptive companies and start-ups that radically offer better services or allow Dubai’s residents to lead a happier life. Regulatory obstacles facing such disruptive companies should also be removed to allow for their uninterrupted operations.

By 4 weeks’ time, government entities will have to identify the Dubai 10X team that will represent them picked out from the entire organization and known for their high levels of creativity and disruptive design oriented thinking. The organization must also present their plans to address the three elements and a detailed plan of the types of opportunities that the X-Unit will explore. Within 6 months, His Highness will review carefully curated disruptive solutions by each government entity. Within a year, at least three scalable prototypes need to be presented to the world at the next cycle of World Government Summit.
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His Highness finally added, “We want to achieve real, impactful and 10x happiness outcomes for society and establish a unicorn government that becomes a platform to deliver moonshots.”

The plans for each entity will be under the supervision of the Dubai Future Foundation and overseen by the Dubai 10X Council, which will be chaired by His Excellency (H.E.) Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation. The Council will also include the following members: H.E. Humaid Obaid Al Qatami, HE Mattar Al Tayer, HE Hussain Lootah, H.E. Saeed Al Tayer, H.E. Sami Al Qamzi. H.E. Helal AlMarri, H.E. Mona Al Marri, H.E. Talal Belhoul, H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, H.E. Ahmad Bin Byat, H.E. Abdulla Al Shaibani, H.E. Abdulla BinTouq, H.E. Abdulla Al Karam and H.E. Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi.