Next generation of Emirati scientists 'will compete for Nobel Prize'

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed sets out objective for Emirates Scientists Council to create environment for innovation and scientific research
By Staff writer
Wed 26 Oct 2016 07:24 PM

The Emirates Scientists Council has been tasked with 20 initiatives aimed at creating an environment for innovation and scientific research in the country, while developing a new generation of Emiratis scientists and researchers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the plan, saying he hoped the next generation of UAE scientists will be able to compete for the Nobel Prize.

“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,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed added: “We work today to develop a generation of UAE scientists able to compete for Nobel Prize in the next decades.”

His remarks came as he chaired a meeting with the members of Emirates Scientists Council.

Sara AlAmiri, chairperson of Emirates Scientists Council said that the strategic initiative aims to come up with a scientific program that prepares talented students to compete for Nobel Prizes, as well as set up a national agenda for research which will be launched in 2017.

Dubai is aiming to be at the forefront of the next global technology push. Dubai Future Foundation on Saturday announced a partnership with US multinational software corporation Autodesk to provide $100 million financing for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the 3D printing sector in the region while the emirate has also announced plans to put its first robotic police officer into service next year.

In August, the UAE was ranked first among Arab countries and 41st worldwide in the Global Innovation Index.

The index measured the performance of 128 countries and economies on how innovation drives economic growth and prosperity.

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