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Event November 22nd, 2023

Tejarah Talks: how cities and businesses can drive innovation

Today, cities are enablers and catalysts of change, but they need expert support from business to define, design and implement the solutions needed to achieve their ambitions. By cooperating with business, government can stimulate local economies, attract and retain talent as well as encourage innovation. Businesses can also contribute to local governance by providing expertise, resources and innovative solutions to urban challenges.

During a recent Tejarah Talks panel discussion titled “Cities & Business: A Winning Partnership for Progress”, Taavi Einaste, our CEO for Middle East and Africa, and other panelists explored how Oman’s cities and businesses can collaborate in mutually beneficial ways.

Key takeaways

Following a successful discussion, Taavi Einaste and Haitham Al Busafi, the CEO of Beyond XYZ, sat down with Sheikh Faisal Al Nabhani to recap on the session. Some of their key takeaways were…

The best service is no service

In a truly digital urban environment, there should be fewer touchpoints between people, businesses and the government. Most services should be automatic without the person needing to enroll or ask for them.

Proximity plays a crucial role in driving innovation

Bringing people closer together, such as in the case of densely populated cities, and creating opportunities for connection through designated spaces and events, leads to more opportunities for creative talent and business to collaborate.

Digital nomads support talent development

Making cities more accessible and affordable for digital nomads will not only support economic growth but also create opportunities for local talent to work with and learn from their international peers.

For more information about Tejarah Talks and the panelists click here.

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