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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

The National celebrates ten years of achievements by looking to the future

The National's Future Forum brings together international experts to examine the UAE's place in the world

The National Future Forum is being held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, May 8. Victor Besa / The National
The National Future Forum is being held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, May 8. Victor Besa / The National

This year The National celebrates its tenth anniversary by looking to the future.

Beginning on Tuesday, The National launches a year of informed discussion and analysis that identifies the changes and challenges ahead, and examines how the UAE can best take advantage.

We open with The National's Future Forum, a gathering of some of the brightest and best minds at Manarat Al Saadiyat, itself just a short step from that shining symbol of optimism – Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Mina Al Oraibi, Editor-in-Chief of The National, said: “For newspapers in today’s world to be relevant, they must be present in print, online and in person. Ten years since the launch of The National and our successful relaunch last year with a digital focus, the Future Forum is an opportunity to bring great minds together to look to the future.

"Our readers can be assured that the can come to us to learn about what is relevant and compelling in this fast-paced world.

“Societies and industries are living in an age of uncertainty, also filled with opportunity if invested in the right way. The news industry is no different and the team at The National is both prepared for and excited by what the future holds.

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Those speaking at the Future Forum are experts in the fields of technology, finance, diplomacy, transport, architecture and media, each offering a unique and enlightening perspective into their field.

They include Tom Fletcher, former British diplomat and Special Adviser to the President at the Emirates Diplomatic Foundation, Loubna Hadid, the founder and CEO of Decenture, a socially-conscious Blockchain enterprise, and Olivier Oullier, the president of Emotiv, a world leader in mobile neuro-informatics.

Others taking part are Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Financial Group, Reuben Abraham, the CEO of the IDFC Institute, a think tank created by India’s largest infrastructure finance company, Gavin Esler, award winning broadcaster and journalist and columnist for The National, and Christian Broughton, editor of The Independent in London.

Full coverage of the event will be streamed on The National’s website and on Facebook live. There is also a dedicated website that will draw together all our coverage of The National Future Forum.

Over the next 12 months, we will continue with a bi-monthly column, regular roundtable discussions, and a series of videos with leading figures in many fields, who will offer their thoughts about the future.

The future belongs to all of us. We look forward to joining you there.