Held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)


Innovation is considered as a driving force of economic growth and development.  It can certainly drive sustainable economic and social development in the Arab World. Undoubtedly, the Arab World needs to embark on a journey of innovation and prepare the ground for a creative revolution in order to create robust and competitive knowledge-based economies.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Innovation Arabia 11 addresses contemporary issues and explores the enormous potential of the Arab nations to accelerate the pace of socio-economic growth and development. The conference also helps    spread a culture of innovation throughout the Arab World.

In its eleventh edition, Innovation Arabia, the Middle East’s pioneering conference is proud to announce Innovate, Disrupt and Transform as this year’s theme.

The theme has great relevance to all economic sectors including education, healthcare, government services, manufacturing, SMEs and family businesses. Innovation is critical for the survival and growth of all these sectors.

The theme also addresses the visionary framework of the Dubai Plan 2021 for enhancing the capacity for innovation for sustainable development. The overarching theme highlights the growing need for sustainability in the Arab World through innovative ideas anchored in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Innovation Arabia 11 will, once again, provide the ideal platform to exchange leading-edge ideas, discuss challenges and explore solutions for the development of sustainable economies in the Arab World through innovation.

A distinguishing feature of the conference is that it hosts 4 parallel tracks under its auspices as follows:

  • Business and Quality Management
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Smart Learning
  • Health and Environment

The Deanship of Research and Doctoral Studies will publish conference proceedings with ISSN including research papers and case studies presented at the sessions. The best paper award winners may submit their papers to the relevant HBMSU journals for possible publication.

Innovation Arabia 11 will also feature many other activities including awards ceremony, hands-on workshops and many formal and informal networking opportunities including an exclusive Gala dinner.

Innovation Arabia 11 will provide an outstanding opportunity to celebrate research excellence and promote professional development of the faculty, staff, administrators and learners. This kind of opportunity is directly aligned with the HBMSU mission and objectives of growing and disseminating knowledge in key areas such as smart education, health and environment, quality management and Islamic banking and finance.

In line with this year’s theme, ‘Innovate, Disrupt, and Transform’, the Conference Organizing Committee is seeking contributions from institutions as well as individuals focusing on theories, paradigms, policies, practices and tools to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a cross-section of organizations. Submissions must be made through the Online Submission System.  The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts, full papers, case studies and poster presentations for the following Tracks.