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DUBAI FUTURE RESEARCHResearch that drives insight

Dubai Future Research is DFF’s research arm. It produces insights that enable stakeholders to foresee and better navigate the future. Dubai Future Research offers a firm foundation of evidence-based analysis, and quantitative and qualitative reporting, to guide policy-making and develop key initiatives.

Our Focus

Dubai Future Research activities are clustered into key areas of focus, bringing global expertise to bear on specific challenge areas. Dubai Future Research focuses on providing tailored and localised knowledge to Dubai’s government, to influence the development and implementation of policy. The research arm aids in proposing short- and long-term recommendations to its stakeholders based on local, regional, and global trends.


Over the past 50 years, humanity has witnessed exponential developments that have resulted in the sort of change that previously took 500 years to achieve. With these accelerated changes, challenges arise and so does opportunities. Therefore, it is in our hands to collaborate as a “global community” to create an inclusive future for all.

Dubai Future Foundation presents ‘Future Opportunities Report: The Global 50’ with a focus on five themes.

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In-depth reports on topics with major future significance, offering insights into emerging trends. These reports cover a range of topics across social, economic, environmental and technological domains, e.g. Space Settlements, the Future of Money, and more.

Verified Contributors Platform

Where the world’s futurists and researchers join a carefully selected team to answer specific challenges. Our verified contributors are drawn from all fields, and reach beyond mainstream academia or top-tier universities. Their diverse backgrounds and multiple disciplines combine ideas and knowledge in new ways, sparking fresh insight.

As a successful applicant, you will receive research assignments from government partners, which you will then bid to produce. Our rates are transparent, and tiered according to expertise

How to become a Verified Contributors?

  1. Apply to join the community

  2. Become a Verified Contributor

  3. Receive research assignments

  4. Bid to produce reports

Join us

Join a community of researchers and experts to help shed light on
some of the  most interesting questions informing our future.