A brief introduction about Ibtekr

Ibtekr is the first specialized platform addressing government innovation in the Arab world.

Why Ibtekr?

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched Ibtekr platform to spread the application of government innovation, adopted in the United Arab Emirates, across the world. The platform aims to establish the culture of innovation and make it an integral part of governments mission, which will lead to building a generation of Arab innovators and future leaders. Ibtekr reflects the UAE government commitment to invest in people, build their capabilities and encourage them to develop, innovate, and contribute to establishing effective business models and solutions to face future challenges.

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, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making it one of the most innovative governments worldwide.

Who we are

Ibtekr platform is one of the initiatives of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation.

Our vision

To be the first Arabic-speaking platform that supports innovation in Arab governments.

Our mission

To build a better future for the Arab world through cooperation with international and regional partners and by establishing a network of Arab government innovators to create and select the best tools and knowledge to enable government innovation, shed lights on creative ideas, raise awareness and build capabilities in the region.

Strategic goals of Ibtekr

To become the first online platform for Arab governments in the field of innovation and a source of new ideas and unconventional mindset.

To raise awareness and build capacities in the region in order to pave the way for robust and sustainable change.

To showcase experiences and expertise in the UAE and the region to enhance knowledge exchange.

To promote cultural change and enhance future readiness to pave the way for a better tomorrow in the whole 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.


Ibtekr platform provides Massive Open Online courses (Moocs) in various fields, presenting modern international methodologies and practical tools that emphasize the importance of establishing the culture of innovation in all government entities, being an enabler to face potential challenges, develop services and enhance work efficiency. Among the topics covered by the platform courses is the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and its effects

Innovators Society

Ibtekr hosts dialogues with inspiring Arab and foreign influencers, who contributed to raising awareness on the importance of innovation and capacity building through a set of scientific tools and methodologies. It further hosts the Community of Innovators, a network of subject-matter experts and innovators who share their experiences and expertise in the field of innovation.

Rich Content

Ibtekr 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 displayed on one website, and specialized sessions and workshops will be conducted live to develop the skills of innovation.

Our Partners

We work with partners worldwide to gather the boldest and brightest ideas in the field of government innovation.

Global Innovation Council

The Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation launched the Global Innovation Council to enhance government innovation and develop an innovative environment for developing effective solutions to the challenges of future governments. The Global Innovation Council aims to engage in the co-creation of globally relevant innovation policies, convey the UAE’s capability to become a global thought leader and lab for experiments, and build on the global efforts of innovation practitioners and focus on what is next in Government Innovation. The Global Innovation Council includes 9 members: Her Excellency Huda Al Hashimi, Chief of Strategy and Government Innovation – UAE Government , Juha Leppänen, Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki, Mariana Mazzucato, Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), Marcos Benturi, Director of Public Governance at the OECD, Else Treurnicht, Former CEO of MaRs Discovery District, Jorrit de Jong, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School, Paul Bennet, Chief Creative Officer of IDEO, Ping Fu, American Business Executive and Author, and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of the Nesta Foundation for Global Innovation.