DUBAI, 26th October, 2016 (WAM) — With the aim of creating a conducive environment for innovation and scientific research in the country, and develop a generation of Emiratis scientists and researchers for the benefit of the country, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved 20 strategic initiatives for the Emirates Scientists Council.
“Our objective is to set our scientific and research priorities that serve our interests, cement our economy and build a future for our generations. We bet on young scientists to establish a national scientific and research platform,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.
“Scientists and academicians are partners of the government in facing the challenges, saving costs, and making people happy,” he added.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also stressed the importance of the approved strategic initiatives as they offer a holistic scientific approach to achieve scientific excellence, hence ensure a global distinction for the UAE.
“We work today to develop a generation of UAE scientists able to compete for Nobel Prize in the next decades,” he added.
His Highness made these remarks at a meeting he chaired of the members of the Emirates Scientists Council, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Lt. General H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
Sara Al Amiri, chairperson of Emirates Scientists Council, praised the support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed to scientists and researchers in the country, and said that the strategic initiative aims to come up with a scientific programme that prepares talented students to compete for Nobel prizes, sets up a national agenda for research which will be launched in 2017, UAE Scientific Challenges forums, Interactive national laboratories, the Mohammed Bin Rashid medal for Scientific Honour, and a national programme for discovering and developing the spirit for research. – TFAHAM