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Saif bin Zayed Reviews ‘Innovation Lab’ Workshops at the Ministry of Interior

Discussing the Public’s Proposals to Reduce Traffic Accidents

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

During a visit to the Police Departments’ Complex on Tuesday, Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, reviewed the key objectives advocated by the MoI’s ‘Innovation Lab’, which was recently launched by the ministry, in line with the wise leadership’s announcement of 2015 as the year of innovation in the UAE.    

His Highness insisted on following-up on a number of ‘Innovation Lab’ workshops, which are organized by the Directorate General of Strategy and Performance Development at the Ministry of Interior, in order to develop innovative solutions to the different challenges facing the UAE society that are closely related to the ministry’s tasks.

Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, explained: “The innovation lab concept came in response to the Ministry of Interior’s directives on the need to adopt purposeful proposals submitted by community members and discuss the possibility of implementing them, so as to enhance the services provided by the police to the public and upgrade these services in the best possible way”.

The Secretary General added that the ‘Innovation Lab’ is based on active participation from members of the public, by sharing their innovative ideas and proposals via the Ministry of Interior’s different social media platforms. “This approach would allow us to better identify the various challenges that are facing the UAE society, in order to brainstorm innovative ideas to overcome these challenges, and then analyze and study them through these workshops,” he continued.

Colonel Mohammed Hamid bin Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, Strategy and Performance Development Director General, at the Ministry of Interior, said that the ‘Innovation Lab’ concept commenced with the launch of the hashtag # The Innovation-Lab-of the Ministry –of Interior on the MoI’s social networking sites (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+). People were urged to provide their suggestions on topics that need to be developed and enhanced using the #hashtag, or to submit their ideas via SMS on the phone number allocated for this end 3344.

For his part, Major Mohammed Ismail Al Harmoudi, Head of the Complaints and Suggestions Department at the Directorate General of Strategy and Performance Development, Ministry of Interior, noted that the workshops aim to discuss the public’s proposals with the aim of developing innovative, practical and realistic solutions. Adding further, he said: “The ministry had launched the ‘Innovation Lab’ initiative in mid-June, and has been receiving community members’ proposals and views via the ministry’s different pages on social networking sites in order to collect the best solutions and ideas to overcome the challenges facing the UAE society that are closely related to the ministry’s tasks.”

Major Al Harmoudi also noted: “As a part of the workshops, attendees watched a documentary film about the ‘Innovation Lab’. The ‘traffic accidents’ topic was chosen, following thorough analysis of the ideas and proposals submitted by the public via the Innovation Lab over the past two months. The ‘traffic accidents’ topic was the most mentioned by participants, as a major challenge that needs to be addressed in all possible ways, especially through the innovative solutions submitted by the public.”

Attendees also discussed the methodology adopted by the ‘Innovation Lab’, using the ‘Innovation café’ tool, by which topics of discussion are submitted to groups of people, who brainstorm ideas, develop a set of activities and creative initiatives; and provide priority classification of these activities and initiatives. The groups exchange ideas and review notes in order to find the optimal final solution; then a member of the group provides a brief summary about the final solution, collects enquiries, and discusses ways to improve and develop the efficiency of the proposed solutions.

The workshops were attended by representatives of government agencies, notably the Federal Traffic Council, the ‘Creativity Development Program’, the Emirates Traffic Safety Society and the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates; alongside representatives of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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