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German tech giant to set up sustainability hub in Dubai's District 2020

Merck Germany announces plans to establish its sustainability centre in the legacy project of Expo 2020 Dubai

German tech giant to set up sustainability hub in Dubai's District 2020

District 2020 Dubai, the legacy project of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Merck Germany, a major science and technology company, announced on Monday plans to establish its sustainability centre in District 2020 Dubai, the legacy project of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Merck Sustainability Centre plans to focus on capacity building through a range of educational and research focused programmes and provision of collaborative research and development spaces with the aim to support a new generation of innovators to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable world.

The centre will be a home to a start-up incubator focused on nurturing the growth of new innovative businesses in the sustainability space, state news agency WAM reported.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: "We are excited about our partnership with one of the world’s leading companies in science and technology and about the prospect of making a tangible and measurable impact on people’s lives around the world.

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"This is a testament to the convening power of Expo and an Expo legacy based on technology, innovation and the vast array of opportunities."

Dr Stefan Oschmann, chairman and CEO of Merck, added: "Establishing Merck’s Sustainability Centre in Dubai emphasises our commitment to broadening our relationships with other innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs. We at Merck are curious minds dedicated to human progress.

"This centre will work towards encouraging the knowledge exchange among like-minded individuals, build local capacity with special focus on women and youth, and support start-ups that have the potential to deliver sustainable solutions with the aim to improve people’s lives through science and technology.

"District 2020 provides the ideal ecosystem for us to do so. Merck’s presence will help to underline Dubai and the UAE’s vision to continue creating a competitive knowledge economy underpinned by sustainable applications of science and technology."

Merck said it will collaborate with local and global stakeholders, including academia, research institutions, multi-sectoral businesses, governmental and non-governmental entities, as well as community organisations and media.

Last month, District 2020 announced its collaboration with Shanghai-based Atlas Capital Holding to create a blockchain campus.

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