In a statement sent on Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Media Office emphasised that Abu Dhabi has a thriving cultural and creative sector with strong global credentials, including world-class museums, arts centres, art fairs, music concerts, and a grassroots artistic community. These include Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Warehouse241, Abu Dhabi Art annual fair, Qasr AlHosn and Cultural Foundation and the forthcoming Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim. In addition, there are a number of international educational institutions supporting students to excel in creative industries, including the NYU Abu Dhabi, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, Berkley College and CNN Academy.
In addition, students can learn the skills of the future, including in specialist areas such as Artificial Intelligence at the new Mohamed bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence, or coding at the innovative coding school 42 Abu Dhabi. They can also participate in pioneering research in areas related to COVID-19 and AgTech at UAE University, or focus on tolerance and coexistence at the world’s first university dedicated to human fraternity, the Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities.
The emirate is focused on fostering a thriving R&D ecosystem that brings together all relevant players, including academic institutions, research institutes and the private sector. In 2020, Abu Dhabi launched the Middle East’s first research council, the Advanced Technology Research Centre (ATRC), which includes the Technology Innovation Institute. The Institute focuses on work within seven pillars: quantum research, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems.
Competitive research funding is also available as part of Abu Dhabi’s accelerator programme, Ghadan 21, through which the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) has launched Dh40 million in academic research grants that support R&D. Abu Dhabi’s economic investment strategy is also focused on attracting innovation-led companies that are focused on R&D. For example, all AgTech firm investments by Abu Dhabi last year included significant R&D set-ups.
Long-term visas in Abu Dhabi also empower expats to invest in their ‘forever home’ in an attractive real estate market where they can plan to retire.
The Abu Dhabi Media Office stressed that start-ups are receiving significant support, with Abu Dhabi emerging as a global start-up hub, particularly for future technologies like FinTech, AgTech, HealthTech and EdTech. Ghadan 21 has accelerated the ecosystem’s development by supporting start-ups and SMEs through initiatives such as Hub71, a global start-up ecosystem that is now home to more than 100 start-ups, Ventures Fund (managed by ADQ) and SME Credit Guarantee and SME supply chain financing initiative.
The ‘Thrive in Abu Dhabi’ initiative also calls upon individuals who excel in areas such as sport, healthcare, science, education or engineering to accelerate their careers in a global trade hub – with a rapidly diversifying economy and fast-growing private sector that supports residents to be the best in their field – while creating a home in Abu Dhabi.The diversity of Abu Dhabi’s support for talented expats is in line with the leadership vision to diversify the economy, as well as ensure a welcoming, safe and supportive environment where everyone can thrive.
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