Apr 22 2012

Ahmed bin Saeed at Ideas.Arabia Awards Ceremony today

‘Idea of the Year’ is a quality competition that adopts best innovative ideas in the field of business improvement The conference seeks to create a global competitive environment in the application of Suggestion Programs Awarding the winners of each category of the competition showcases quality and innovative ideas

Hosted by the Emirate of Dubai for the seventh year in a row, the Ideas.Arabia 7th International Conference was launched yesterday morning (Sunday, April 22) at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. The conference is being held on 22nd and 23rd of April, and enjoys the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline & Group and Honorary Patron of the Dubai Quality Group (DQG).

During the second day of the conference (today – Monday, April 23), H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum will attend the proceedings to announce and award the winners of the ‘Idea of the Year’.

The opening session of the first day of the conference began with a welcome address by Mr. Saleh Janeeh, Chairman of DQG, followed by an opening speech by H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Director General of Dubai Customs, and a keynote address by Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University. A panel discussion entitled Employee Talent & Creativity – Engaging Employees through Innovation, took place in addition to many quality presentations and discussions on important topics that support and stimulate creative and innovative ideas, in the fields of application of Suggestion Programs, simplification of procedures and rationalization of expenditure. The topics and presentations were given by experts from government and private bodies from within the UAE, the Middle East region, the US, the UK, and other European countries.

The 2012 ‘Idea of the Year’ competition that is being organized along with the activities of Ideas.Arabia, is an important part of the conference in terms of highlighting innovative experiences and creative corporate solutions. It includes the following seven categories: 1- Idea of the Year; 2- Innovation; 3- Productivity; 4- Environment; 5- Health & Safety; 6- Customer Service; 7- Financial. This competition is one of the most important initiatives and motivational ideas for organizations, companies and employees, which compete in the creation of innovative and cutting-edge ideas, and are sincere in the adaptation of the latest solutions and innovations on ground. The ‘Idea of the Year’ competition contributed over the past years in producing a functional, corporate, competitive and innovative mobility that transferred the ambitions of individuals and organizations in senior positions, to innovative thinking and practice.

Ideas.Arabia competition aims to identify the most important ideas applied within organizations over the past year 2011, and to honor organizations and employees for the best of these ideas. Taking part in this competition has many benefits; it is an additional nod of acknowledgment towards employees, since it sheds light on the extent of importance of their participation in presenting their ideas, which reflects positively on the organization itself.

In addition to the ‘Idea of the Year’ category, the winners of each category of the competition as well as all winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 23, 2012.

Mr. Saleh Janeeh said that the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum to the Ideas.Arabia conference and the awards ceremony is itself an explicit support for the upholding of innovative ideas, motivating individuals and organizations to pursue a road to reach a world full of business success and excellence.

Janeeh added: "Ideas.Arabia 7th International Conference seeks with trust and diligence to consolidate the culture of creative and innovative ideas for organizations and individuals, and supports all efforts and initiatives that lead to a new world of excellence and innovation. This is what the conference achieves year after year, and we are proud to drive the wheel of excellence and innovation to make the business environment more competitive, more innovative and distinctive." He stressed that the vision and ambition of Ideas.Arabia is derived from the vision and strategy of the Government of Dubai, maker of innovation, excellence and dynamic achievement in various fields.

It should be noted that Ideas.Arabia is a subgroup that operates under the umbrella of DQG and was formed in 2006 in line with the concept of "Ideas.UK". It plays a prominent role in laying the cornerstones for Suggestion Programs in several organizations. The main objective of Ideas.Arabia subgroup is to stimulate and support its members to establish Suggestion and Reward Programs in their organizations, involve their employees and encourage them to innovate and foster through these programs.