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Teenagers travelling to Dubai to tackle marine pollution through robot competition

2019 First Global DXB Challenge is being held in the region for the first time from October 24-27

Teenagers travelling to Dubai to tackle marine pollution through robot competition
Organised by the Dubai Future Foundation under the theme ‘Ocean Opportunities’, the 2019 First Global DXB Challenge is being held in the region for the first time from October 24-27 as teams of four to five students aged between 14 and 18 are tasked with assembling a robot able to address various issues related to ocean and marine life.

More than 1,500 youth from over 191 countries are set to descend on Dubai later this month with a mission to develop robots to clean up millions of tons of pollutants in the world’s oceans.

Organised by the Dubai Future Foundation under the theme ‘Ocean Opportunities’, the 2019 First Global DXB Challenge is being held in the region for the first time from October 24-27 as teams of four to five students aged between 14 and 18 are tasked with assembling a robot able to address various issues related to ocean and marine life.

Teams were selected based on their results in a year-round series of qualifying events held around the world.

Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai, said: “The future of the world is in the hands of young people. Our role is to help empower them and expand their participation in all fields so as to prepare them to face future challenges. It is crucial that we provide them with the tools that enable them to create and advance because they hold the key to a prosperous future.”

One of the largest events of its kind, the FIRST Global Challenge seeks to encourage and empower youth with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), develop their skills and equip them with the tools necessary to contribute to shaping the future.

The challenge aims to address the world’s most critical environmental issues such as wastage of water and energy, sustainability and pollution through a global robotics competition.

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, chairman of the World Government Summit, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and managing director of the Dubai Future Foundation, added: “Hosting such a key global event underlines the UAE's keenness to promote global partnerships aimed at creating a better future for mankind. It is essential that we support creative talent and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge.

“The event is becoming increasingly important as it focuses on youth who are at the heart of the future of industry.”

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