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Festival of Thinkers: Looking to the Future


The third Festival of Thinkers brings together an array of Nobel laureates, well-known intellectuals and students from the UAE and neighboring countries to celebrate what Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan calls “the power and importance of thinking.” Sheikh Nahayan is Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology. The event, to take place November 1-4, Protected content , in Abu Dhabi, focuses on nine themes that are key to shaping the future of the Middle East and the rest of the global community. The themes touch on such challenges as “Moving beyond the Global Crisis,” “Envisioning Sustainable Development” and “Promoting Science and Technology.” Additional topics to be discussed include world health, the globalization of culture and language, development economics and poverty alleviation, and military spending, research and innovation, among others.

In this special report, Knowledge@Wharton offers insights into several of the themes included in the Festival of Thinkers conference.

An Arabic version of this report will be published on November 1, to coincide with the opening of the Festival of Thinkers.
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