A brief introduction about Ibtekr

The first platform in the Arab world specialized in government innovation

Why Ibtekr?

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that the UAE is keen on promoting innovation culture in government and among people, as well as spreading knowledge to build a generation of Arab innovators and future leaders. His Highness also said that the UAE invest in human capital and empowering them so they can contribute in solving tomorrow’s challenges.

“Ibtekr” platform has been created to spread the culture of innovation, to build capabilities of the Arab world, and to share the successful government innovation models of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Aiming to attract over 30 million people worldwide, the Ibtekr platform seeks to accelerate the creation of a generation of Arab innovators and future leaders.

Ibtekr platform also offers high-quality Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are developed by Arab experts, academics, and UAE government leaders. It provides the opportunity to enroll for free in a variety of courses for all Arabic speakers and grants students accredited certificates from the MBRCGI. The Ibtekr platform also offers a set of scientific tools and methodologies designed to raise awareness on the importance of innovation and build capabilities of designing and implementing innovative ideas. Furthermore, Ibtekr hosts innovative experiences from multiple countries that showcased their innovations at the edge of Government as part of the World Government Summit 2018, to challenge visitors to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how the most pressing public challenges of our time can be solved.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework. The goal is for innovation to become one of the key pillars of the UAE government in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making the UAE one of the most innovative governments around the world.

Who we are

The “Ibtekr” platform is one of the initiatives of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation

Our vision

To be the first Arabic-speaking source to support innovation in Arab governments

Our mission

We seek to build a better tomorrow in the Arab world through cooperation with international and regional partners and the network of innovators in Arab governments to create and select the best tools and knowledge to ensure the empowerment of government innovations, highlight them, enhance awareness and build capacity in the region.

Strategic goals of Ibtekr

To become the first online portal for Arab governments in the field of innovation and a source of new ideas and unconventional ways of thinking

Raising awareness and building capacity in the region to pave the way for real and sustainable change

Showcase experiences and expertise at the level of the United Arab Emirates and the region in order to exchange knowledge

Stimulating change in culture and enhancing future readiness to ensure a better tomorrow in the region

An integrated digital platform for training and promoting government innovation

All segments of society can register for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation programs through the platform. These programs cater to a wide range of interests, including a diploma in government innovation, specialized workshops, innovation dialogue sessions and a community forum for innovators that brings together innovation experts with chief innovation officers in government agencies.


The "Ibtekr" platform hosts a set of MOOCs, each of which provides modern international methodologies and practical tools that emphasize the importance of establishing a culture of innovation across various government agencies, as this plays an important role in facing challenges, developing services and raising work efficiency. Among the topics covered in these courses is the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" and its effects

Innovators Society

The platform hosts dialogues with inspiring Arab and foreign personalities who have contributed to enhancing awareness of the importance of innovation and capacity building through a set of scientific tools and methodologies. It also hosts the Innovators Society, which is a network that connects specialized experts and innovators who share their experiences and experiences in the world of innovation.

Rich Content

The platform provides a comprehensive, globally monitored knowledge base on best practices related to government innovation. In addition to reports on innovative global practices, the efforts of innovative Arab governments will be catered in one space, and specialized sessions and workshops will be presented in live broadcasts for the purpose of developing innovation skills.

Our Partners

We work with success partners from around the world to bring you the boldest and brightest ideas for government innovation

Global Innovation Council

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation launched the “Global Innovation Council” aimed at developing the innovation environment to find effective solutions to the challenges of future governments in various countries of the world.

The Global Innovation Council aims to participate in the development of government policies based on innovation in the government of the UAE and the world’s governments and to help establish global trends based on scientific experiences and studies.

The Global Innovation Council includes 9 members: His Excellency Huda Al Hashemi, Assistant Director-General for Strategy and Innovation at the Prime Minister’s Office, Juha Leppänen, Executive Director of the Finnish consulting firm Demos Helsinki, Mariana Mazzucato, a professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation in London, and Marcos Bonturi, Director of the General Administration of the Economic Cooperation and Development, and Ilse Treurnicht, former CEO of the Canadian non-profit organization “Mars Discovery” to finance health research, scientific projects, and community innovation efforts.
Jorrit de Jong is a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Paul Bennet, the creative director of the American company “IDEO” for design and development, Bing Fu is CEO of several innovation organizations and author of a number of books on business and policy, and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of the Nesta Foundation for Global Innovation.