DUBAI / Emirates Business
The Dubai Future Academy (DFA) launched its first training program â€“ the Future Design Diploma â€“ in its Office of the Future in Dubai, the worldâ€™s first 3D-printed office. The program is designed to develop participantsâ€™ future forecasting and planning skills, and to render organizations more future-ready.
High-ranking executives are set to take part in the 10-day intensive program including executive directors, heads of departments, and decision makers from federal and local government departments, as well as private companies operating in sectors of strategic interest to the UAE, such as healthcare, economics, aviation, education, transportation, and real estate.
Maha Al Mazeina, Project Manager at Dubai Future Academy, said: â€œThe Dubai Future Academy seeks to enable government agencies to forecast and proactively plan for the future of strategic sectors. With that in mind, the program targets leaders and strives to develop their future-planning skills.
This, in turn, allows them to transform their vision into reality, adhering to the ambitious directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who called on decision makers to start building the future today and cement Dubaiâ€™s status as a leading global hub for the future industry.â€
â€œThe Academyâ€™s programs were designed in collaboration with experts from prestigious international institutes and universities,â€ Al Mazeina explained. â€œThey seek to educate our national human resources and hone their innovation skills, so that they may formulate solutions for future challenges using scientific tools and models. Our programs also enable leaders in the public and private sectors to proactively come up with future solutions in key sectors.â€
The Future Design Diploma seeks to build a highly capable future-oriented national workforce by launching future-focused strategies and services. The program seeks to empower leaders to analyze trends, propose solutions, and launch initiatives to face the challenges that may arise in the future and turn them into opportunities.
The program touches on a range of theoretical topics, including an introduction to future forecasting and future thinking, as well as analyzing the environment and future trends. It also offers practical applications where participants draw up future scenarios, generate ideas, develop prototypes for future experiments, and put timetables for their