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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 March 2019

Dubai forum to provide insights into Arab region in 2019

Arab Strategy Forum will see experts forecasting the future of the Middle East

Some of the world’s leading politicians, strategists and economists will gather in Dubai on Wednesday to discuss the state of the world and what can be expected next year.

At the 11th Arab Strategy Forum, speakers will discuss mega-trends and forecast the future of economics and government policies in the region.

“It’s an opportunity to better understand the state of the world and the Arab region through analysing economic and political indicators as well as strategic future shifts,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Forum.

He said the Arab Strategy Forum was launched to serve as a platform for balanced analyses by decision makers to offer a clearer understanding of the economic and political outlook for the Arab region and the world at large.

“As part of this mandate, year on year, the Forum releases a series of economic and political reports and studies, in addition to hosting high profile intellectuals who add value to its future-focused thought sessions,” the minister said.

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He emphasised the significance of the forum in anticipating challenges, recognising opportunities, and maintaining development paths.

“The Arab Strategy Forum has become a much-awaited global platform for the transparent and healthy exchange of ideas and opinions that contribute to drawing a road map for future global action,” he said.

Since the inaugural event in 2001, which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, the forum has provided annual forecasts of major events.

Some of the highlights of this year’s forum include panel discussions and forums to explore what is next for the economy in the Arab world.

Wednesday’s event will feature speakers such as Dr Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia; Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group senior vice president; Bernardino Leon, director general of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy; and Dr Ayad Allawi, former prime minister of Iraq and leader of the National Accord party.

Updated: December 11, 2018 01:51 PM

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