H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Science and Innovation Park at the university’s campus in Al Ain during Innovation Week.
The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai unveiled a plaque at the park, described as a-first-of-its-kind research hub and student innovation incubator.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of co-ordination and interaction between the public and private sectors to pursue development and attract the largest number of creative minds who have innovative ideas in different scientific streams and specialisations such as the environment, health, education, space and engineering.
"Such inventions will have a positive impact on the development of our state and enable it to compete globally in fields of research, invention, education and knowledge.
"As leaders, we believe in the ability and enthusiasm of our young generation for advancing the UAE’s place internationally. We promise them that they will be at the centre of our attention, follow-up and unflinching support so as to catapult them into a bright future," added Sheikh Mohammed, emphasising that patience, determination and persistence are the most effective instruments of geniuses in innovation and invention.
Many other events were held at UAEU as part of the UAE Innovation Week, including a ‘Challenge for Innovation’ competition, an awards ceremony to honor the distinguished researchers of 2015, a ‘Creativity and Innovation’ competition, the ‘2nd Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics’, amongst others.