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Dubai Future Foundation Starts Receiving Nominations for IU35 List

April 4, 2019

To Support Arab Innovators and Young Talents in the Region
Dubai Future Foundation has started accepting nominations for the Innovators Under 35 Program, an initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future

The initiative, organized in partnership with MIT Technology Review, aims to celebrate the success stories of Arab youth and recognize their contributions to finding new solutions in deferent areas such as medical technology, computing, communications, entrepreneurship, energy, the Internet and other vital fields.

Abdul Aziz Al Jazairi, Deputy CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, underscored the importance of supporting Arab innovators and young talents in the region and providing them with the opportunity to present their ideas and innovations to motivate them to develop their future projects.

The 20 winners of this year’s young innovators list will be announced during the second edition of EmTech MENA, which will be held in Dubai on 4-5 November 2019. The winners will have the opportunity to qualify for the global list.
Last year’s list included 10 outstanding innovators in AI, technology, medicine, real estate, and satellites, selected from over 400 applications based on the evaluation of a panel of experts from various fields.

Last year, EmTech MENA hosted the IU35 winners, giving them the opportunity to showcase their experiences and success stories in interactive sessions and share their visions and aspirations for the future.

The IU35 2018 list included Tuka Al Hanai (UAE), Essa Basaeed (UAE), Monther Abu Rameileh (Jordan), Amad Al Masaodi (Yemen), Marwan Abou Dib (Lebanon), Sadeem Al Marri (Saudi Arabia), Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini (Jordan), Firas Khaliefeh (Syria) and Derya Baran (Turkey).

“Our region is rich in talent, inspiring innovations and startups in different sectors, and the selection process for the first round of applicants has not been easy,” said Dia Haykal, Editor in Chief of MIT Technology Review Arabia.

“We at MIT Technology Review are thrilled to honor their achievements and innovations by bringing them into the global IU35 network and sharing their success stories with local and international audiences. We are very excited to open up nominations for the second round, where we will choose 20 new Innovators Under 35 for 2019″, she added

Global Innovation

MIT Technology Review aims to build a platform for innovators in the region by providing the best knowledge in the field. The platform publishes the Arabic version of the MIT Technology Review and the annual IU35 list, and also organizes the EmTech conference.