Gitex Technology Week 2020: Smart Dubai unveils ‘Future of Work’


Smart Dubai has released the "Future of Work" report at GITEX Technology Week 2020. The report explores future career potentials, possible innovations that are likely to alter the nature of jobs, and changes in work-mentality that promote these capacities, in addition to current systemic changes that lead to the restructuring of the dynamic relationship between employees and the workplace. The "Future of Work" study covers five key areas: work growth, future work prospects, future work mentality, Future operating processes, in addition to issues and suggestions concerning the future of jobs.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director-General of the Human Resources Department of the Government of Dubai, asserted Dubai's readiness and willingness to meet with the transitions and challenges brought about by rapid advances happening around the world, whether as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or as a result of the "Covid 19" pandemic, as the relevant institutions in Dubai.

It forecasts the future of employment and future jobs in its early stages. The Dubai Future Foundation carried out studies and analysis and produced findings before the decision-makers. The Dubai Government Department of Human Resources conducted studies and research, held various workshops, and initiated several projects to evaluate jobs' future.

Yunus Al Nasser, Deputy Managing Director of Smart Dubai and Executive Director of Dubai Data Company, said: As the entity concerned with leading Dubai's global digital transformation and adopting developed and emerging technologies to build a groundbreaking and integrated smart city, Smart Dubai is today leading the Emirate's efforts to anticipate the future. He adds with our ultimate aim of making Dubai the smartest and happiest city on earth; we concentrate on forecasting future work market prospects.

The "Future of Work" report examines the threats and opportunities posed to the job market by the fourth industrial revolution, offering evidence and informed insights to all concerned decision-makers and investors.

The report starts with an analysis of previous industrial revolutions and their effect on employment and society.

The report starts with an analysis of previous industrial revolutions and their effect on employment and society. 

Regarding the phenomenon of automation, the study suggests that 30% of existing jobs are at risk of being replaced as a result of automation by 2030. However, other reports suggest that automation will introduce $15 trillion in global GDP by 2030. The "Future of Work" study also has different views about work in general, as stable employment and the idea of "constant work throughout life" are losing their appeal.

The report explained that the way we work today is radically different than what it was just 10 years ago, and this trend seems to be growing and accelerating in the years to come. The prevalence of remote work has grown over the years, with the number of remote employees rising by 159% since 2005. This form of working overnight has become the standard pattern in 2020 due to the "Covid-19" pandemic.

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