4IR centre in Dubai marks new step into the future

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06 May 2019

4IR centre in Dubai marks new step into the future

Sabahat Khan

Dubai officials have opened the Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution, the first such research facility in the region, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum.

The centre, at AREA 2071 in Emirates Towers, marks another step into the future for Dubai and the Emirates, which have intensified efforts to enable positive transformation in recent years.

The term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR) was introduced by World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab in Foreign Affairs magazine in December 2015.

Previous industrial revolutions were marked by the introduction of steam power, mass production and digital technology. Schwab said 4IR is fundamentally different because it is characterised by technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds.

The agreement to establish the centre was signed by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum in January at the WEF in Switzerland. The theme of the WEF meeting dealt with the opportunities and challenges of 4IR, reflecting the fast-growing importance of the issue.

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