FIKR15 Overview

Under the patronage of HRH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and in partnership with the Arab League, the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) is holding its annual conference, “FIKR15”. The conference, entitled “Arab Integration: The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” coincides with the 35th anniversary of the GCC and the 45th anniversary of the UAE.

FIKR15, ATF’s third forum on Arab Integration, will be held at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, on December 12th-14th, 2016.

High-level officials and policy-makers from the UAE, GCC and other Arab states will participate in the conference, in addition to delegates from governmental and non-governmental bodies affiliated with the Arab League. Arab development funds, private sector bodies, cultural and media organizations, research centers and relevant international federations will be represented at the conference, along with leading Arab thinkers, experts and media personnel.

The FIKR15 conference starts on Monday, December 12th, by an Opening Ceremony on the experience of the United Arab Emirates, followed by an interactive session on major challenges facing the Arab word. Four Thematic Parallel Sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 13th from 10 AM till 12 PM in addition to the Second Plenary Session (The Gulf Cooperation Council) that will take place in the evening.

Prior to the opening ceremony, ATF will launch the Ninth Annual Arab Report on Cultural Development at a press conference taking place at 11:00am on Sunday, December 11. The annual report is issued on subject matters closely related to FIKR conferences. This year’s report, which focuses on the cultural scene throughout GCC states, is titled “Culture and Cultural Integration in the GCC: Policies, Institutions and Manifestations.”

Conference activities continue Tuesday, December 13, with specialized parallel sessions discussing integration in economic, cultural, developmental and security areas. These will be followed by a plenary session on the Gulf Cooperation Council experience.

ATF will also commemorate in the evening the tenth anniversary of its Arab Creativity Award, in a ceremony honoring recipients of eight award categories: scientific creativity, technological creativity, economic creativity, social creativity, media creativity, literary creativity, artistic creativity and the creativity award for the most valuable Arabic book. The ceremony will also honor the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.