Future Competencies for United Arab Emirates


Equipping the workforce with the appropriate competencies to harness the potential of disruptive technologies and leverage global trends is an immense task for any nation. The United Arab Emirates is an interesting case as the country has built its national strategy based on the Fourth Industrial Revolution that includes initiatives such as the world’s first Blockchain city, using 3D-printed to build the entire office building, and establishing the first ministry of Artificial Intelligence in the world. The country has invested in its development of human capital. Education has been the main pillar of their strategy and the UAE has one of the highest literacy rates in the world where 17.1% of the national budget is allocated to education. While the country published various reports on future industries but the required competencies to support these industries have not been identified. The main objective of this paper is to identify the required competencies to complement future UAE digital transformation. The research methodology includes identifying future industries that have been published in five publications by different government agencies since 2019, comparing them with suggested industries of the future by international agencies including the World Economic Forum, the National Intelligence Council, and McKinsey Global Institute, categorizing the top future industries, and listing the required knowledge, skills, and competencies that were listed for these industries by the O*NET Online (U.S. Department of Labor). The outcome of this study could be used by the higher education sector in UAE in particular by 144 universities in

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Mehrdad Mohasses, Amity University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Balvinder Shukla, Amity University, India
Manoj Joshi, Amity University, India

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Conference: BCE2022
Stream: Professional Training

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