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Sheikh Mohammed approves board, advisory council of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the board of directors and the advisory council of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy as part of the recently established structure.

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy was recently formed as part of three new chambers, under an overarching Dubai Chambers, to lead a comprehensive economic development in Dubai and boost its position as a global business hub.

The new chamber will play a central role in transforming Dubai into an international technology hub and attracting major investment in e-commerce and emerging technologies.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "We aim to position Dubai as a major hub for designing the future of the digital economy. Our efforts in the coming phase will be dedicated to developing new high-tech tools and leading successful experiences in the digital sector."

Chaired by Omar Sultan Al Olama, the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy’s board include Ahmad bin Byat, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Khalid Al Tayer, Rashid Al Ghurair, Fadi Ghandour, Mona Ataya, Rashid Mohamed Alabbar, Ronaldo Mouchawar, Mudassir Sheikha, Mansour Al Habtoor, Elissa Freiha, Dany Farha and Hind Seddiqi.

Members of the chamber’s advisory council are Pavel Durov, Guillaume Pousaz, Alexander Tamas, Divyank Turakhia, Christoph Rich, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Jack Selby, Bhavin Turakhia, Rabea Ataya, Ryan Mahoney, Karl Magnus Olsson, Fahad Al Hassawi, Mohamad Ballout, Walid Hanna, Michael Lahyani, Philip Bahoshy, Haider Ali Khan, Hosam Arab, Wesam Lootah, Joe Abi Akl, Younus Al Nasser, Faisal Rehman, Farid Faraidooni, Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Mostafa Kandil, Talal Tabbaa, Talal Bayaa, Arjun Mohan, Osman Sultan, Muhammed Yesilhark, Sayed Hashish, Vinod Krishnan, Hussein Freijeh, Jiawei Liu, Ali Khanafer, Ali Matar, Mohammed Asfour, Amit Jain, Azzam Alameddin, Noor Sweid and Raja Al Mazrouei.

According to figures, there are 90 investment funds in the digital sector and 12 business incubators in the UAE. The country currently hosts 1,400 SMEs, with a total value of Dh100 billion, that receive Dh1.5 billion in funding.

Al Olama said that Dubai’s journey towards creating a growth-friendly environment for the digital economy started with launching ''Dubai Internet City'', the first specialised technology hub in the region, back in 1999. The city today hosts giant tech companies from all over the world that largely contribute to the emirate’s digital economy.

Source: Khaleej Times

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