'We want to benefit humankind', says Crown Prince of Dubai before World Economic Forum

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed will lead the UAE delegation at an event aiming to shape the global agenda

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The Crown Prince of Dubai said the UAE is eager to aid international efforts to "benefit humankind" as he prepared to lead the country's delegation at the World Economic Forum.

The 49th global gathering of political, business and media leaders in Davos, Switzerland, gets under way on Tuesday, with the opportunities and challenges presented by rapid advancements in technology high on the agenda.

Writing on Twitter, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said the “UAE is keen to contribute to the enhancement of international co-operation and global efforts that aim to benefit humankind.

“It is thus essential to support platforms such as the World Economic Forum that seek to tackle future global challenges.”

UAE will participate in 10 sessions at the forum, focusing on key areas including the economy, advanced science, space, artificial intelligence, environment and entrepreneurship.

"The UAE adopts an approach that focuses on strengthening international co-operation and establishing a new formula of joint action aimed for the good of people, as well as taking benefit from prominent global platforms such as the World Economic Forum to shape trends, unify visions and reach a common understanding of the challenges of the next phase, to contribute to the development of appropriate solutions," said Sheikh Hamdan.


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The delegation includes Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs and Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, among others.

Dr Zeyoudi will be taking part in a number of sessions, including the "Informal Gathering of Global Economic Leaders: Avoiding Global Warming".

The session will explore new ways to help change the attitudes of governments, companies, organisations and individuals in the environment sector towards the pressing issue.

More than 3,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs, economists, financial experts, government and representatives of the private sector and universities will attend the event.