The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department has participated in the Arab Innovation Forum, held at Dubai World Trade Centre  from February 26-28, under the patronage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.

During the Forum, the Department displayed its key innovative achievements in legal work, such as the Smart Platform for Pro Bono Legal Services. This Platform emphasizes the significant role of the Department in volunteering as it serves as a permanent channel for communication between the advocacy and legal consultancy practitioners and members of the public wishing to receive pro bono legal services. The Smart Platform enables law firms and legal consultants participating in the initiative to provide free legal advice and services to the public in all areas of legal work, at times convenient to both parties.

The Department also presented its "Holistic Innovation System" -   an effective channel to receive ideas and suggestions and accelerate their implementation due to the ignited thinking approach, boosting innovation in legal work, providing innovative legal services and fostering a creative workplace in line with best international standards.

His Excellency Dr. Lowai Belhoul, Director General of the Department, affirmed that the Department's desire to launch and implement innovative initiatives  comes in response to the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai and is in line with the National Innovation Strategy which aims to make the UAE a hub for innovation, encourage partnerships between various community sectors and support the exchange of knowledge.

His Excellency Dr. Belhoul added that: "the Department is attaching great importance to innovation as the main engine to boost government work through the implementation of many initiatives and projects. For this purpose, the Department launched a number of innovative and creative initiatives with a view to fostering a culture of innovation in order to improve legal services provided to the public by  government entities, advocates and legal consultants.

Dr. Belhoul described the Arab Innovation Forum as a platform for government entities and private sector companies to come together and exchange their experiences and practices in various areas of innovation.

He added that the participation of the Department in this Forum, which will contain practical workshops about innovation and the ignited thinking approach in order to spread the knowledge of innovation in government legal work, will encourage people to share their creative ideas and suggestions with the Department through the "Holistic Innovation System" (which is accessible by members of the public). Cumulatively, this will contribute to the achievement of innovation in government legal work in the Emirate of Dubai.