Thinking Futuristic Dubai Nurtures 10 X Dream

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In a bid to stay at least 10 years ahead of rest of the world, the Government of United Arab Emirates has launched an initiative 10X, Akash Tomer of Elets News Network (ENN) explores what is the meaning of various aspects of the initiative.

UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum called on all Government entities of Dubai to embrace disruptive innovation as a fundamental mantra for their operations and to seek ways to incorporate its methodologies in all aspects of their work.

Disruptive innovation refers to exploiting available technologies to deliver new or existing services in radically different ways that are Design-Thinking-based and customer-focused, in contrast to incremental innovation (What is this), which focuses on making services better for existing customers. Instead, disruptive innovation will create new operating and business models that replace traditional services and provide multiple times the value for end users and customers.

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The Dubai 10X has put  the Government of Dubai on a mission to be 10 years ahead of all other cities of the world, hence the name 10X (with X symbolizing experimental, out-of-the-box future oriented exponential thinking).

Placing Dubai 10X in context, Sheikh Hamdan said the future belongs to those who affect radical changes, not those who make minor, gradual improvements. “The future will not be as patient with us as the present. Today, I am calling on all government leaders and employees to embrace disruptive innovation and find new, creative and truly disruptive approaches and technologies to delivering their mission rather than incremental and minor improvements. We are a young and energetic government who want to be leaders in disruptive innovation and technology.”

X-Units for each government entity

The first requirement is for every government entity to set up – and staff with adequate resources – an independent X-Unit mandated with the objective of finding ways to disrupt their own organisation’s practices and develop their own moon-shot solutions to deliver beyond their mission.

Trial and scale radically disruptive organisational structures, systems and technologies:

The second requirement is for government entities to develop systems, processes and labs to trial and scale radically disruptive technologies and approaches  to deliver on their respective missions. This plan will also need to involve reviewing and reconsidering the traditional organizational structure and hierarchies of government organizations and finding new structures that facilitate creative innovation and disruption.

Partnering with and facilitating disruptive solutions, removing regulatory obstacles:

The third requirement is to develop processes and methodologies that will allow each Dubai government entity to work with truly disruptive companies and start-ups that radically offer better services or allow Dubai’s residents to lead a happier life. Regulatory obstacles facing such disruptive companies should also be removed to allow for their uninterrupted operations.

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