Members of the third annual Government Summit in Dubai, listened intently to Dr. Hans Rosling, co-founder of Gapminder, as he made the calculated prediction that Dubai will become the "centre of the world" by the year 2100.

Rosling explained his workings whilst speaking on the subject: 'The Big Data Revolution: Transforming Raw Data into Future Insights.' He used UN population data and analysed information on emerging population trends to assert his hypothesis. 

The theory breaks down like this: Today the world's population of seven billion people is distributed between one billion living in the Americas, one billion in Africa, one billion in Europe and four billion in Asia. This currently makes London the approximate centre of the world. But not for long...

If current population trends persist, with modern young couples choosing to have two children: "By the year 2100, America would have less than 10 percent of the world's population while 80 percent of the population would be in Africa and Asia. The surge in population growth in Africa and Asia would make Dubai the centre of the world by 2100," Dr. Rosling predicted.

Rosling commended the UAE for its vision of the future and its willingness to embrace technology, in the progression and development of its city's services: "The UAE has modernised the country to achieve the latest developments in every field while at the same time keeping its traditions and values alive," Dr. Rosling said. 

It's a shame we won't be around in 2100 to see Dubai become the centre of the world. But for now we will continue to enjoy its leaps in innovation, whilst it's on its way there...