“What is most important is to be ahead of the game.”

Here in the UAE, we love to look to the future, and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al Kaabi is a definite leader in that regard.

One of nine women on HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 32-strong cabinet, Al Kaabi won us over when she advocated for increased parental leave in the private sector, and her latest comments are just as thought-provoking.

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At the World Government Summit, held at the Madinat Jumeirah this week, the minister gave her thoughts on the UAE’s path into the future.


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According to Al Kaabi, the way forward is about artificial intelligence and the creative industries.

“We are Cabinet of the future, and what is most important is to be ahead of the game and invent the way forward,” she said according to The National, adding that she sees huge potential for growth and new jobs in these areas.

“When you look into the arts, look into music, look all the multi-genres that we are working on here in the UAE…we have amazing UAE talents, we also have great residents that are part of the scene, and that makes it richer scene. “

The Emirates’ new Cultural Development Fund was a “power tool” in shaping the UAE’s future, Al Kaabi said according to The National. 

“Culture is not limited with age or gender or necessarily background… It should be open and it should be rich.”

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Al Kaabi’s comments are in line with the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s view that the UAE’s future must be based on its heritage.

“Our culture represents the identity of our generations, and reflects the depth of our history,” Sheikh Mohammed said at the launch of that development fund earlier in February.

“It is our message that we want to convey to the world in the most creative way. Our Emirati culture promotes the spirit of love, tolerance, and calls for openness to other cultures.”

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