Dubai Design Week, the region's largest creative festival, has announced the debut launch of Mena Grad Show, a new addition to its Global Grad Show initiative, a year-round programme for university graduates and professors working on solutions for a better future.
To be held as part of Dubai Design Week, staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Mena Grad Show will spotlight projects in the fields of technology, science and design.
The exhibition, which is set to be a platform for discovery of impact innovation created by university graduates across the region, will be showcased in a physical exhibition during Dubai Design Week, which kicks off on November 9 and runs till November 14.
The new programme, held in partnership with ARM Holding, will see 50 of the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region's most exciting social impact innovation projects focused on solutions to improve and transform lives for the better.
The Mena Grad Show received more than 200 submissions from 36 universities based in the region, including Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, DIDI, the German University in Cairo, GUC, the American University of Sharjah, AUS, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST.
The event will enable graduates and professors to showcase their concepts to a regional and international audience through a physical exhibition for the first time in the Global Grad Show’s six-year history.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of Dubai Council, said the inaugural Mena Grad Show is a new initiative aimed at providing a voice for graduate talent in the region like never before.
"A strong culture of progress and innovation is driven by ideas. New ideas have the potential not only to transform our lives for the better, but also to shape the future of our world. It is imperative that both the public and private sectors use such platforms to support ambitious young talent, engage with innovators and explore opportunities for collaboration and support that can turn promising prototypes into real world solutions," noted Sheikha Latifa.
"The Mena Grad Show also highlights Dubai’s role in fostering ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that have the potential to open new horizons of development and growth," she added.
Tadeu Baldani Caravieri, Director of Global Grad Show, said: "The Mena Grad Show was developed specifically to support the regions’ most talented innovators in academia. It aims to be a catalyst for positive change by engaging with the future leaders of tomorrow early in their development route."
Through the initiative, Mena Grad Show goal will create opportunities for regional graduates to be discovered by global audiences, further putting Dubai on the map in terms of becoming an incubator and developer of innovation and entrepreneurship.-TradeArabia News Service