(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 9th December, 2017 (WAM) -- The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority, DAFZA, has honoured 22 managers, heads of departments and employees following the completion of the fourth phase of its 'Innovation Champions' programme.
The freezone is the first government entity to complete all stages of the Global Innovation Management Institute programme which falls in line with the DAFZA Innovation Strategy launched by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of DAFZA, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Group; the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and the 'National Innovation Strategy' launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE among the most innovative countries in the world.
The programme developed by DAFZA's strategic partner 'ShiftIN Partners' in October 2016 undertook a detailed evaluation of the capabilities and skills of the organisation's work teams through a series of sessions and advanced analysis.
The Innovation Champions programme's importance lies in its creation of an advantageous environment for innovation and research, with the benefit of qualifying employees with high levels of innovative skills supported by a culture that encourages them to be business champions and do the best to achieve their professional goals and thus be successful in their job while uplifting the company's reputation. The programme promotes a diversity of ideas and initiatives by strengthening skills and information through training and practice.
Under the programme, employees managed to launch three disruptive innovative ideas that create a unique experience for DAFZA customers in terms of providing non-traditional and innovative services based on new technologies, as well as encouraging investors to establish their businesses in Dubai and the UAE in general, to attract more foreign investment which in turn will increase the national GDP.
Amna Lootah, Assistant Director-General of Finance, Commercial, and Customer Relations Division, and Foster Innovation and Future Unit at DAFZA, said, "This is an important achievement which represents the first innovative programme to be completed within the country's free zone sector. Today, we graduate 22 innovation champions at DAFZA who have been able to pass the four stages of the programme and will embark on innovative work to form an important pillar of our innovation-based economy."
Lootah praised the strategic cooperation between DAFZA and ShiftIN Partners, noting DAFZA's commitment to making innovation a day-to-day approach and a well-established institutional culture. She added, "Through the graduation of DAFZA's first generation of innovation champions we look forward to improving the experiences of existing and potential customers, as well as making outstanding contributions towards achieving the goals of the National Innovation Strategy and UAE Vision 2021. These are in line with the leadership's directives which place the building of skilled national capacities at the top of its priorities, believing in the importance of highly innovative individuals."