Day one brought together investors, business, government, policy and cultural leaders to discuss key investment themes and future large-scale possibilities
DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- His Excellency Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister, Ministry of Economy, UAE today delivered the opening address at the much-anticipated inaugural edition of the SuperBridge Summit, at Dubai's iconic Museum of the Future. The first-of-its kind summit that highlighted the world's fastest growing economies and the collaborative opportunities that exist, offered a glimpse into the future of business and discussed the potential of AI to stimulate private investment and propel growth forward at a pace unimaginable just a decade ago.
In his keynote address, H.E. Minister Al Marri underscored why Dubai was the perfect location for the first SuperBridge Summit, commenting: "The global economy is going through immense change and new markets are reshaping the economic landscape with unprecedented growth. The UAE is deeply committed to fostering international cooperation with a knowledge-based and innovation-driven society to benefit this transformation. The UAE stands ready to play a pivotal role by creating an investment environment for economies to grow and expand through collaboration, building bridges for an inclusive and sustainable future."
His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism, Member of the Executive Council, UAE also spoke at the opening session of the Summit, adding: "We live in a region with tremendous opportunities, and bringing people together from all parts of the world is important given the challenges we face. The SuperBridge Summit bridges the gaps and cements economic prosperity to better the world."
Day one of the summit provided a unique platform, converging more than 500 investors, business, government, policy and cultural leaders from 20 countries to accelerate investment and co-creation opportunities in hitherto untapped and under-explored markets.
In a panel titled 'The Importance of Public Private Partnerships in Boosting Economic Growth in the Fastest Growing Economies', visionaries discussed the levers propelling the world's fastest growing economies. Speakers Shane Tedjarati, Chairman of VS Partners & Co-founder of the Superbridge Council; Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization; and H.E. Umar Saif, Federal Minister for Science and Technology and Minister of IT of Pakistan, outlined the transformation driving economic development and the business ecosystem needed to drive growth.
The day was packed with impactful and engaging sessions, featuring a diverse line-up of influential speakers covering a range of topics. During a panel session titled 'Cross-Border Capital Allocation: Unlocking Multifaceted Investment Value', forward-thinking industry leaders from Africa and Asia, including Vanessa Xu, Co-founder, SuperBridge Council and Executive Chairman & CIO, VS Partners, and Takashi Maruyama, Chief Investment Officer, Asset Management One, discussed investment opportunities driving long-term growth. With the region undergoing an unprecedented economic transformation, panelists outlined compelling reasons to invest in underappreciated markets. Invaluable insights from experts in the private and public sectors ensured a compelling and lively discussion of the key drivers of investment opportunities into untapped markets across the world.
Meanwhile, in a panel session titled 'Envisioning the Future of Sustainable Tourism and Mobility in the Post-Covid Era', Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com, and Mudassir Sheikha, Co-Founder and CEO of Careem, discussed how technologies can address environmental challenges in tourism. Panelists outlined the cause for the resurgence of the tourism sector post pandemic and the effect it will have on global mobility.
Visitors had the opportunity to experience live performances by the likes of HS Liu, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Tech University in Hong Kong, who led an interactive virtual showcase titled 'The World is Not What it Looks Like'. The Pulitzer Prize winner presented an engaging journey through modern history with attendees compelled to think deeply about the bridge to the future.
A pioneering initiative by KAOUN International, a subsidiary of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and SuperBridge Council, the SuperBridge Summit Dubai is being held in partnership with the 43rd edition of GITEX Global, the world's largest and most influential tech event hosted in Dubai, attracting 180,000 tech executives and investors from 180 countries.
More information is available at www.superbridgedubai.com
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About KAOUN International
KAOUN International is the independent events company and wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) established to organize and manage events internationally. Derived from the Arabic word 'universe', KAOUN International's mission is to 'Create Limitless Connections' for the industries and markets in which it operates. Created to leverage the 40-year legacy of DWTC's events management business and drive future MICE sector opportunity in the MENASA region. KAOUN International delivers game-changing live experiences that build robust business connections, create opportunity, and stimulate economic growth, building on DWTC's extensive portfolio of business and consumer events spanning multiple sectors, including technology, food and hospitality, sustainability, broadcast and satellite, automotive, talent development and leisure marine.
About the SuperBridge Council
The SuperBridge Council was established to synergize and bring together a new non-political platform for global leaders from fast-growing economies. It bridges the old and the young, tradition and modernity, the north and the south, the east and the west, to inspire new strategies and forge sustainable solutions for the next generations to thrive. The inaugural edition of the show will take place from 16-17 October 2023, at the Museum of the Future in Dubai, UAE. More information: http://superbridgedubai.com/