#THINKBIG: A message to the world’s innovators

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#THINKBIG: A message to the world’s innovators

This is a message to the innovators of the world.

First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well as the world unites in the fight against this challenging situation.

It is an unprecedented challenge the world is facing, but out of adversity comes creativity. As familiar ways of working change, there is opportunity for new ideas and innovations to emerge.

We hope that you are feeling inspired, because the world relies on what you and your fellow innovators do next. As we hail the health worker heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, we now rightly celebrate the innovators of the world who have followed suit.

We live in a time where big ideas must stand strong against big challenges, where exceptional solutions are the best response to exceptional times.

We live in a world where companies and creators have pulled together and are pivoting to meet supply shortages. Apple is shipping face shields, Dyson is designing ventilators, and Amazon is getting into diagnostics. Innovative startups, meanwhile, are using software and 3D technology to create new gadgets and fixes to the practical challenges created by the outbreak.

Great companies and big thinkers have found a new cause to fight for. Our pledge to them both is that if you have an innovative idea, we are ready to help you bring it to fruition in Abu Dhabi. 
We are still investing and creating long-term opportunities despite the exceptional circumstances.

Our future will be determined by how efficiently we can recover and how astutely we can plan ahead. We are building on the series of recent economic stimulus initiatives implemented by Abu Dhabi to support individuals and businesses across the emirate.

We need to start now, because the fruits of innovation will provide the key to our future. Our business community is still thinking big, and while our innovators may be physically apart, we have never been more united.

Abu Dhabi and ADIO are standing up strong this challenge. Our rallying cry is to continue to #stayhome, continue to #innovate, continue to #thinkbig and continue to strive to do great things.

If that sounds like you, please contact us.

With our heartfelt best wishes,

H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa

Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development