The fourth edition of Aqdar World Summit will be held under the theme Positive Global Citizenship – Empowerment of Sustainable Investment Opportunities" in coordination with leading governments and organizations to empower communities and provide a vision that is derived from the heart of the Arab culture which embodies the spirit of tolerance and peace. The fourth edition of the summit seeks to enhance the role of the UAE's soft power, develop rich and sustainable partnerships between governments and international organizations, spread the principles of Zayed’ and his inspiring approach to tolerance, peace, and coexistence among people, and provide a work environment that brings sustainable investment opportunities.
The fourth edition’s theme was chosen carefully to reflect the organizers' efforts to go in line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.
This year, Aqdar World Summit will introduce a new concept for conferences and will bring together people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and interests, at Aqdar Lab’, which is a one-of-a-kind event that combines various activities organized in collaboration with prominent local and regional entities.
The activities featured at Aqdar Lab’ will include Aqdar Majlis, a dialogue platform that brings together senior leaders, policymakers, academics, researchers, and scientists from around the world to present share, and discusses trends, new developments in global positive citizenship and best practices and explore ways to exchange human knowledge. The speakers at Aqdar Majlis include Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General who will speak about the importance of applying the concepts of positive global citizenship through the exchange of knowledge and expertise among people, His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education, who will discuss digital empowerment and its role in empowering positive global citizenship, and present a review of the experience of the Emirati school in promoting the concepts of positive global citizenship, Chris Gardner, CEO of Happyness, who will discuss happiness and positive global citizenship, Mr. Patrick Van Der Loo, Regional President for Africa and the Middle East (AfME) region- Pfizer, who will speak about global positive citizenship in the time of crises, Ambassador Putman-Cramer, Director of DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board, who will speak about the role of positive citizenship in humanitarian work along with Ms. Clare Dalton, the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mission in the United Arab Emirates, and Mr. Mario Stephan Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders / M decins Sans Fronti res. Additionally, Mr. Clarence Seedorf, Founder CEO, Seedorf Group Limited will discuss promoting positive global citizenship within multiple cultures, while H.E. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah, will discuss the structure of modern science and its reflections on the concepts of positive global citizenship.
Furthermore, activities include Aqdar Bootcamp’, a dynamic start-up accelerator that aims to empower startups to present their unique and innovative ideas in the field of business and empower youth in the field of investment to promote the country’s economy and develop innovative ideas in the field of investment and Artificial Intelligence in line with the new strategic vision of the country. The activity witnessed the participation of 144 candidates with a total of 73 projects in various fields, where analytical interviews were conducted to study their innovative projects, and 10 projects were shortlisted and provided with licenses and some facilities that enable them to start their new projects.
The activities also include Aqdar Roots’, a stage dedicated to children from countries such as Japan, the United States of America, Great Britain, and Russia to share their experiences in UAE schools to promote positive global citizenship and exchange expertise among children who live and study in the UAE and abroad. Additionally, school visits will be organized for students to learn about the various accompanying activities and events.
Furthermore, Aqdar Lab’ will also include Aqdar Art’, which is a program organized in collaboration with EMMA for peace, or the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy. Aqdar Art is aimed at empowering young artists around the world, where several diverse musical concerts will be organized in the morning and evening periods. Aqdar Art’ emphasizes the role of music in spreading peace and love among people. additionally, it will include a variety of musical pieces which will be presented by distinguished young Emirati artists who play a variety of musical instruments, including jazz and guitar, who will be supported and empowered locally and internationally.
The summit activities also include a digital platform Messages to the Future" which is developed in accordance with the national initiative Send your message to the future, as well as in collaboration with the fifty-year anniversary work team, so that people from within and outside the country can visit Expo to record future video clips.
The activities also include Aqdar Lab’s Aqdar Brainstorming Sessions which is an innovative platform for creative brainstorming among selected segments of society on topics aligned with the UAE’s strategic direction within the fifty projects to develop iconic ideas and solutions that help realize the government’s vision and make recommendations to the appropriate authorities.
Aqdar World Summit also includes a Global Exhibition, which includes 40 local and international bodies, covering various sectors concerned with empowering society and providing an opportunity for businessmen and pioneering projects to exchange ideas and experiences.
Additionally, activities also include Aqdar Community Empowerment Roundtable , which is one of the international tools adopted in informal international dialogues, discussions, and sessions, in coordination with local and international bodies and the pavilions of the participating countries, to discuss selected topics. The participating entities include Emirates News Agency,
Federal Youth Authority, UAE Space Agency, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, and National Geographic Arabia. The sessions will be attended by representatives of these bodies where they will discuss vital topics that promote positive global citizenship such as modern media and social communication, space sciences, and cinemas and photography.
Furthermore, one of the activities that will take place on the sidelines of the summit is Cultural Cooperation Forums’ will include a variety of interactive programs that include: cultural, training, and scientific programs, and will review global experiences and highlight various cultures from different parts of the world such as China, Germany, Israel, India, and many others, in relation to the objectives of this year’s main theme Positive Global Citizenship.
And to promote Popular Inheritance of the Emirati personality, Emirati credibility is an activity that will be done in collaboration with several national institutions to create a multi-national platform to highlight the Emirati values and qualities that stem from the legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - may God have mercy upon him - and from the wise leadership’s directives to empower the main characteristics of the Emirati citizen.
Each governmental entity will shed the light on one of the Emirati values. The participating governmental entities include: The Ministry of Defense, which will represent (Emirati is Intrepid), which will highlight the international humanitarian initiatives carried out by the UAE Armed Forces and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and International Cooperation, which will represent (Emirati is Giving) will be showcased through the volume of foreign international aid presented by the UAE and is ranked first in the world. from their side, the Ministry of Culture and Youth, which will highlight (Emirati is Educated) will review this value through the culture and knowledge of the Emirati people. The Ministry of Tolerance, which will highlight (Emirati is Tolerant) will review the value of tolerance that characterizes the people of the Emirates. The UAE National and Reserve Service Authority, which will highlight (The Emirati is committed to serving his country) will review the commitment of the people of the Emirates who have set the finest examples in serving their country, while the UAE Space Agency will highlight the value of (The Emirati is Ambitious), and the Digital Quality of Life Council will highlight the value of (The Emirati is Digitally Fortified).
Additionally, the summit will include the Emirati and Aqdar initiative, which will shed the light on prominent Emirati figures in many fields and highlight their achievements and inventions that contributed to society’s renaissance.
Another activity is Aqdar Dialogue Sessions where elite speakers from a variety of societal, professional, international, and scientific sectors will be participating in a variety of intellectual and scientific conversation sessions to learn about the notion of global good citizenship from a variety of perspectives. Some of the notable participants in this activity are: His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Communities and Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council, His Excellency Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, Official Spokesperson of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, Dr. Hatem Ali, Regional Director of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GGC, Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, His Excellency Bishop Dr. Paul Hinder - Apostolic Vicar for Southern Arabia, Dr. Drora Arussy, Director at the America Sephardi Federation Institute of Jewish Experience, Dr. Mohammad Al-Ali, CEO and Founder of TRENDS Research Advisory, His Excellency Nasser Al-Abdul, Director of the Dubai District of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding, Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government, His Excellency Rashid Al Mansouri, Adviser of Local Aid for Emirates Red Crescent, and Alia Al-Musaibi from the Big Heart Foundation.
Additionally, EXPO Through My Eyes Photography Competition will be launched in conjunction with National Geographic and the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Photography Award to highlight the role of photography in promoting positive global citizenship concepts and highlighting country pavilions, where prizes will be awarded to the winners for the photos taken by participants, whether they are visitors or residents of the UAE.
The summit activities will also include Popular Inheritance and Global Positive Citizenship where sessions will be organized throughout the week in collaboration with the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Center for Heritage Revival and some of the participating nations’ pavilions at the Expo. These sessions will emphasize common folklore between the UAE and similar countries such as the importance of the camel in the Emirati and Moroccan folklore, the similarities of ship design between the Emirati and Greek folklore, the usage of cattle between the Emirati and New Zealand folklore, the significance of the falcon between the UAE and the Russian folklore, the importance of palm trees between the UAE and the Indonesian folklore, the value of the horse between the Emirati and the Spanish folklore, and the significance of the pearl between the UAE and Bahraini folklore. This activity will attract specialized speakers from the Emirates and these countries for cultural and knowledge exchange.
And as part of the UAE government’s plan to protect and improve the environment for the next fifty years, Tree of 50 will be launched in the contribution of Khalifa Empowerment Program- Aqdar, where 50,000 Mangrove trees will be planted to help the UAE combat climate changes. This initiative aims to honor the legacy of our father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - may God have mercy upon him-, who paid special attention to agriculture and the preservation of the environment, and sheds light on the importance of preserving and sustaining the environment.
These initiatives are organized in cooperation and partnership between the Khalifa Empowerment Program - Aqdar and many strategic executives, partners, and implementers. The topics discussed at the summit aim to develop the Artificial Intelligence adopted by the country to foresee the future, and continue to be a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence and aim to nourish minds to flourish nations, and achieve the desired goals in developing personal skills and strengthen the spirit of innovation and the concepts that contribute to development, especially since the UAE is a global leader in various fields, regionally and globally, that aim to achieve the well-being of human beings and societies, keep pace with the various transformations with the best global practices and indicators, and focus on educational outcomes that enhance human capital for a better future, and to be well-equipped to face challenges and achieve national aspirations.
A number of qualitative initiatives will also be announced on the third day of the summit through Aqdar Lab’. The launch of these initiatives will be attended by a number of officials who will be announced at a later stage.
Integrated Work System
It is worth mentioning that Aqdar World Summit is organized by Khalifa Empowerment Program-Aqdar in collaboration with INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions, and in Strategic Partnership with the Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates; Strategic Partner-Education: Ministry of Education; Cultural Partners: Ministry of Presidential Affairs – UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center; International Partners: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNICEF; Main Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank; Platinum Sponsor: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Gold Sponsor: The National and Reserve Service Authority; Silver Sponsor: United Arab Emirates University (UAEU); Official Telecom Partner: Etisalat; Supporting Partners: Dubai FDI, Hamdan Center for the Future of Investment, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies; Official Business Publication: Arabian Business; Destination Partner: Dubai Business Events; Official Media Partner: Index Media; Partner: Doctors Without Borders; Official Airline: Emirates Airline; Volunteer Partners: Emirates Foundation, Takatof, and Erada, Quest for Adventure, and Jaheziya; workshop sponsors, in addition to the participation of 23 countries and country pavilions, and more than 80 sponsor and partner.