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Event comes to Dubai for first time out of US
The FIRST Global DXB Challenge has begun in Dubai, seeing the world’s finest young minds join together to look into the future of robotics and technology.
Being held for the first time outside the Americas, the FIRST Global DXB Challenge, taking place from 24-27 October at the Festival Arena in Dubai, has brought together more than 1,500 youth from over 190 countries to collaborate, create and compete for a better future.
Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, welcomed the participants, saying: “Robotics is emerging as a major field in which the world's largest economies are seeking to raise their competitiveness.
“The UAE's interest in this field stems from the economic and scientific opportunities linked to the future of robots in all aspects of life.
“ Today, on the occasion of the First Global DXB Challenge, we affirm that we will continue on the path of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and support the youth in our country and region to help them create a better future.”
Abdulaziz Al Jaziri, Deputy CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: “It is indeed gratifying to see young people from all over the world coming together to create a better future for humanity using advanced technologies, especially in critical fields like the environment.
“Our focus on innovation is aligned with the directives of the UAE and its National Innovation Strategy which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world by 2021 and the capital of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”