Lead Partner

Dubai Future Foundation

Dubai Future Foundation anticipates, designs, and drives Dubai's future within a cohesive, collaborative framework. We foresee challenges, explore new opportunities, and aspire to make Dubai one of the most future-ready cities in the world and a key player in crafting an optimal future for all. Our main aim is to establish Dubai as a global benchmark for designing an inspiring, progressive, and sustainable future. Our role is to support in bringing the future of Dubai into the present, setting an inspiring precedent for future-focused cities. With our ambitious, bold, and influential approach, we foster a culture that embraces foresight as a way of work and life. How do we do it? We set Dubai’s role as a global hub for testing and pioneering future solutions and technology. We also convene the world’s top futurists. In parallel, we embrace ideation and advanced technology, facilitating the adoption of advanced technology across various sectors through influential partnerships aimed at constantly advancing business, legislative, and regulatory environments. We also promote participatory and collaborative work among various entities and partners, supporting the startup and entrepreneurial communities. This is all supported by a commitment to experiencing the future, providing immersive experiences for individuals to live the future today.

Strategic Partner

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is committed to enriching Dubai’s cultural scene based on the UAE’s heritage, and is building bridges of constructive dialogue between various cultures to enhance Dubai’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent.

Dubai Culture is keen on reviving and preserving the emirate's historical heritage and developing the regulatory frameworks for the cultural and creative sector in line with its strategic roadmap 2020 – 2025.

The Authority also seeks to empower the enablers that seek to support talent and stimulate active participation from society members by investing in the various cultural and heritage assets under its remit, including the management of six heritage sites, five museums, Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children and eight Dubai Public Library branches, all of which help contribute to creating an economic system that stimulates the cultural and creative industries.

For more information, please visit the Authority's website

Supported By

Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and an estimated GDP of USD 8 trillion.

With a close to 20-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai. 

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of over 39,000 professionals working across over 4,900 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region. 

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance through cutting-edge technology, innovation, and partnerships. Today, it is the global future of finance and innovation hub offering one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.  

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations. 

For further information, please visit our website:, or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @DIFC.