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Nahyan bin Mubarak inaugurates fifth edition of Abu Dhabi science festival

posted on 13/11/2015: 1856 views

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 2015 Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) was officially launched yesterday by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

He was accompanied by Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Dr. Amal Al-Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council and Dr. Mugheer khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority, Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, Director General of Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Rashid Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Nahyan said, "We thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his continuous support of the education sector and his commitment to ensuring that UAE youth are equipped with the necessary skills to become leaders of the future."

"We all have a role to play in encouraging our youth to innovate. As announced by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this is the year of innovation and we need to focus on research and innovation across all industries in the country to achieve our goals. These goals continue the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who built the UAE on a solid base of development, setting a precedent for future progress."

He added, "We thank the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee for organising this festival that will help us create an innovative generation of the future. We also thank the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) for their cooperation and expertise, which have proved invaluable in helping us to deliver the festival to the very highest international standards."

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General of ADEC, praised the on-going support received by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ADEC, for stressing on the important role science related subjects play in contributing to the development of the educational system.

She emphasised that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects enhance the culture of creativity and innovation, while refining and improving skills and talents of students as per the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision to develop a knowledge based economy.

The ADSF 2015 is a unique event organised by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC). Taking place until 22nd November, the 11-day science extravaganza opened to a full capacity audience on launch day at a new location within Mushrif Central Park.

Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee said: "Developing a well-equipped talent base is a key building block in creating a knowledge-based economy, with science and technology education crucial to ensuring a forward thinking, innovation focused society. Through informal education initiatives such as the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, the government aims to ignite a passion within our children towards science, technology and innovation from an early age. By sparking their interest now, we will encourage them to pursue educational paths and consequently, careers within these related sectors.

Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri, CEO of Tawazun, the presenting sponsor of ADSF said: "We are pleased to continue supporting the 5th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. The event has brought the learning experience of technology and engineering to the UAE youth, moreover, it has contributed in building a robust science base in the country". He added: "We are looking forward to take part in the success of the event which inspires annually thousands of young people, parents and teachers who visit this dynamic festival."

Commenting on Dolphin Energy's involvement as Gold Sponsor, Adel Ahmed Albuainain, CEO, Dolphin Energy Limited, said: "We are very excited about this year's programme and delighted to be involved in the Abu Dhabi Science Festival for the fifth year running. Our activation programme is designed to offer learning in a fun, exciting and engaging manner so that youths across the UAE are encouraged to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and maths." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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