Register for Dubai’s ‘Young Economist Challenge’

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 28 November 2019: Dubai Economy has announced the launch of the ‘Young Economist Challenge’, an competition aimed at engaging students across universities in the UAE by providing them with the opportunity to directly contribute to economic development.

Through the contest, Dubai Economy aims to achieve five strategic goals

  1. To further integrate the academia into economic development
  2. Empower young people to contribute to economic development
  3. Promote academic research on the economy
  4. Stimulate innovation and creativity, as well as
  5. Recognise academic excellence and performance

The first edition of the competition will be launched during the inaugural UAE Economic Forum, to be held under the theme, “The UAE Enterprising Economy; Resilience, Growth & Prosperity”, at the Armani Hotel Dubai, on 11th and 12th December, 2019. Participants can register starting 27th November, and teams nominated will receive their registration cards on 8th December. More information is available on the website, said Wam.

Mariam Al Afridi

Mariam Al Afridi, Director of Government Communication at Dubai Economy, said, “The challenge provides a unique opportunity to students to gain first-hand experience in policy-making along with some of the most prominent decision-makers in the country. This will effectively ensure their knowledge will be put into action and practically applied even before their graduation. Since the youth represent a large segment of our society, their views are critical in shaping and defining the economic future of the country.” Teams participating in the challenge will prepare session briefs and put forward their policy recommendations based on the plenary and panel discussions at the UAE Economic Forum 2019.

The teams will be mentored by their academic supervisors and policy briefs will be submitted for evaluation by a committee under the supervision of Dubai Economy. The best policy brief for each session will be announced and recognised in early 2020.

Academic institutions accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education can participate in the challenge and participants must be senior year students in economics, business or related subjects. Every team should have at least two to four students and each institution can nominate only one team per session at the forum. The final policy summaries must be submitted by Thursday, 26th December.