posted on 18/03/2013: 1650 views
His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said that the UAE is moving steadily towards establishing a new, advanced and developed concept of comprehensive development so as to boost the country's status globally.
While attending the inauguration ceremony of the Shams 1 plant, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world. He added that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan recognises the need for launching initiatives which contribute to enhancing and developing projects for the benefit of citizens and homeland, pointing out that "This stage is an extension to our deep-rooted history, from which we inspire our thoughts and hopes." Sheikh Mohamed noted that the UAE is well ahead in the field of energy uses, adding that the country has enjoyed a leading position in the traditional energy market, but is now assuming a role in the field of renewable energy too, through launching initiatives and the adoption of quality specific projects in the uses of the clean energy.
"This urges us to continue planning for the future and to work to build the human resources and technological capabilities, which will make prosperous and sustainable future for future generations", he said, citing the launch of the Shams 1 project.
Sheikh Mohamed added that foreseeing future trends is one of the pillars of sustainable development, reiterating that "We are trying to read the future needs and challenges carefully, based on a scientific approach, especially regarding the development and economic side which requires the boosting of energy and looking continuously for alternatives through supporting scientific innovations and the research projects of citizens." He expressed his pride at the key role played by UAE citizens in the implementation of the project. "It proved that we are no longer technology importers, but we have become partners in making and innovating the technology," Sheikh Mohamed said. He urged citizens to continue developing their skills and expertise in all technologies so as to be able to export technology in this vital sector, and to be pioneers in spreading the concepts of the uses of renewable energy.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed the importance of utilising expertise and competency in the field of the use of clean energy.
He praised the spirit of cooperation between institutions and international bodies to address the challenges, stressing that building fruitful partnerships with various bodies has a positive effect on strengthening the effective role of the UAE in rallying the efforts of the international community to address these important issues, which will establish a better tomorrow for future generations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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