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Dubai's DM hosts sustainability series to explore UAE's non-oil growth

Sessions 3 and 4 of Dubai Municipality's Sustainability Talks series explored how innovation can help future generations cope with the labour market's changing needs

A department within Dubai Municipality is hosting the Sustainability Talks expert sessions to explore the UAE's avenues for non-oil economic growth [representational image].
A department within Dubai Municipality is hosting the Sustainability Talks expert sessions to explore the UAE's avenues for non-oil economic growth [representational image].

Dubai Municipality (DM) has announced the findings revealed during Sustainability Talks, its initiative to explore the UAE's avenues for non-oil economic growth.

The sessions, arranged by DM's Applied Sustainability and Renewable Energy Department, will run until mid-May. 

READ: Arabtec subsidiary wins $118m Dubai Municipality contract

Sessions 3 and 4 of the initiative explored how innovation may be used to help future generations cope with the labour market's changing needs. 

Delivering Session 4, Dr Issa Al Bastaki, president of Dubai University, said the ongoing technology boom was "the product of research and development". 

Meanwhile, Dr Manahel Thabet, founder and chief executive officer of Smart Tips Consultants, delivered Session 3 of DM's Sustainability Talks. 

Thabet said it was important to develop a culture of innovation in education curriculums, especially at an advanced stage within the academic level. 

She added: "When the dependence on oil resources stops, future generations will be the mainstay of the local economy."

READ: Dubai Municipality launches ‘Madmoon’ initiative for engineers

DM's Sustainability Talks initiative is aimed at reviewing global trends from the perspective of sustainability.

The series is based on the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the city one of the world's most smartest and sustainable by 2021. 

The initiative is also expected to bolster DM's efforts towards achieving the UAE's sustainability strategies.

Commenting on the programme, Eng Ahmed Saeed Al Badwawi, director of DM's Applied Sustainability and Renewable Energy Department, said the major challenge in the contemporary environment was to connect innovation with actual development. 

Al Badwawi said this would help to "reach a diverse national economy that generates income sources [which] are not dependent on oil and traditional resources". 

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