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Ruler of Dubai lays stress on the role of design industry in shaping the future

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the Dubai Design District to see the developments of the creative project.

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of Dubai on Wednesday focused special attention and visited Dubai Design District set up to facilitate interaction, learning and engagement with the global design community.

The design sector in the UAE is projected to reach Dh116.7 billion by the end of this year and the design district is now hosting more than 415 businesses, 211 SMEs and 85 Emirati companies, as well as over 7,000 professionals including designers, creators and innovators.

UAE is a platform for the knowledge-based economy, and we aim to consolidate our status in the design sector. -His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The d3 masterplan includes a 1.8 km Creekside waterfront featuring entertainment and hospitality outlets, concept retail outlets and design-led hotels, which together will create a global design, culture and art destination.

Abdullah Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding and Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and briefed him on the second phase of the district’s development which features a Creative Community centre that seeks to attract designers as well as visitors and tourists.

How much prominence the Sheikh Mohammed gives to the role of the design industry in shaping the future, gets highligthed by his noting that the “economic sectors that depend on innovation and creativity are the actual movers of the economy. We must focus on encouraging talent and help them to blossom and become an active part of our economy and community.”

The Vice President of UAE and ruler of Dubai said, “UAE has become a global hub for diverse knowledge-based sectors. Our aim is to consolidate our status in the design sector, in which we have tremendous potential for growth, and make our country a preferred destination for global companies. We also aim to position the UAE as an incubator for creative ideas and professionals.”

According to Al Habbai and Dr Al Rostamani, this mega project reflects the success of the district and Dubai’s commitment to provide an ecosystem that encourages creativity and innovation and the district will continue to develop itself into a full fledged creative centre and global destination that will help UAE in transforming as a global hub.

On this occasion, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was also accompanied by the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and senior officials.

New flyovers to bypass Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai

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Dubai: Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the proposal for the second phase of the multi-deck road project under which many more bridges and flyovers will be added to connect Jumeirah with Al Khail Road, provide a smooth and controlled movement of traffic bypassing Sheikh Zayed Road.

This was announced by (RTA) the Roads and Transport Authority. The main purpose of this project is to build a bridge that will ensure smooth traffic flow for residents on both sides for entering and exiting the Sheikh Zayed Road. The first phase of the project began early last year for constructing a flyover linking Latifa Bint Hamdan Street and Umm Al-Sheif Street ad running along Shaikh Zayed Road, at an estimated cost of approximately AED 800 million.

The purpose of the second phase of the project is to bring about improvements in the existing road from the intersection of Al Asayel- Latifa Bint Hamadan Streets to the interchange of Al Khail Road, covering a distance of three kilometres. This intersection will reduce the waiting time from three minutes to less than a minute.

RTA’s master plan is to improve the network of roads, bridges, crossings and underpasses to accommodate growing traffic volumes and ease mobility in various parts of Dubai. It will also complement RTA’s strategic plan for improving vertical traffic corridors such as Airport Street, Tripoli Street, Al Yalayes Street and Al Asayel Street, as pointed out by Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

UAE Clean Energy Strategy for 2050: The beginning of sustainability for UAE’s power sector

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dubai-clean-energyDubai: The UAE Clean Energy Strategy for 2050 was launched earlier this week by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

The main aim of this strategy is to set a target to get clean energy to account for 44 percent of energy production.

UAE will be investing Dh 600 billions to meet demands for energy and ensuring the sustainability of growth in the UAE’s economy. This three- decade energy strategy is made in such a way that is also expected to result in savings of Dh 700 billions.

In the absence of this strategy the UAE would have to spend Dh 13 billion to meet the energy requirements for this period.

Sheikh Mohammed said, “Our new energy strategy is ideal, achieving a balance between production and consumption and international environmental commitment for growth in all sectors.”

According to the strategy the UAE’s mix will include clean nuclear energy, coal, gas, bio fuels solar and wind power. This strategy will enhance in stimulating the economic growth and investment in energy storage and will help in reducing power consumption.

Sheikh Mohammed also emphasised that the energy strategy targets a combination of renewable, nuclear and clean fossil energy to ensure achieving a balance between economic needs and environmental goals.

The strategy will be covering three main steps:

The first step to take initiative for the quick transition of power consumption efficiency and then diversifying its sources and ensuring the security of its supply.

The second step is to find new ways of the solution that complement both the power and the transport system.

The third deals with research, development and innovation to ensure the sustainability of energy.

It will mark the beginning for the sustainability for the UAE’s power sector and this strategy will also bring about an awareness for the new generation about the power consumption.

UAE goes for 20 strategic initiatives to nurture a generation of scientists

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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. Scientists and academicians are partners of the government in facing the challenges, saving costs, and making people Happy. – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid approves 20 strategic initiatives for Emirates Scientists Council
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid approves 20 strategic initiatives for Emirates Scientists Council (Photo courtesy: sheikhmohammed.ae/)

Dubai: UAE is taking twenty strategic initiatives to create an environment that would motivate innovation and research, and also nurture a generation of scientists.

The initiatives are based on the studies and experiences of some well known countries and will help in the growth of UAE in fields of scientific research.

To achieve the goal, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, has approved twenty strategic initiatives for the Emirates Scientists Council.

Chairing a meeting of the Council, Sheikh Mohammed described the scientists as the elite of the society and said they hold a powerful place in the UAE. He also observed that everybody must appreciate their work and abilities. The scientists are a boon for the future generation, he added.

Sheikh Mohammed further said that the nation looks towards the new generation who will give their best to contribute in progress of the country and make sure it prospers. “We work today to develop a generation of UAE scientists able to compete for Nobel Prize in the next decades,” he emphasised.

The chairperson of the Scientists Council Sara Al Amiri, told the Emirati scientists that the strategic initiative aims to come up with a scientific programme that would prepare talented students to compete for the Nobel prize, set up a national agenda for research (to be launched in 2017), create UAE Scientific Challenge forums, form Interactive national laboratories, launch the Mohammed Bin Rashid medal for Scientific Honour, and a create a national programme for discovering and developing the spirit for research.