Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority unveiled details of Sharjah Light Festival 2018

Held under the patronage of
HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority unveiled details of
Sharjah Light Festival 2018

—  Illuminated shows inspired by science, beauty & knowledge to decorate 18 leading locations for 11 days

— Annual festival celebrates Sharjah’s rich cultural heritage

UAE, January 30, 2018 – Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the details of the 8th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival, which will be held with the participation of an exciting lineup of top internationally renowned artists during its 11-day run, in 18 locations under the theme “Culture in Sharjah” from February 7 to the 17th, 2018. The details were unveiled during a press conference held (Monday, January 29, 2018) at Al Hisn Fort Museum in Sharjah. 
In his speech, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA, said that the Authority has worked over the past seven years to diversify the festival’s activities to boost the international image of Sharjah, as well as promote the emirate’s scientific, cultural, and artistic successes thanks to the vision and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA

He added: “Sharjah has the right to be proud of its achievements. Today, it has become the destination of science, art, literature, and culture. It is a unique tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world due to its rich cultural heritage and its world-class activities throughout the year. The SCTDA has been implementing strong efforts to boost Sharjah’s position on the international tourism map by developing its potential and supporting all activities and initiatives that make Sharjah a rich, diverse, and unique tourism destination.”

The festival will include 23 shows covering 18 popular locations in Sharjah, curated by more than 24 artists from 10 countries. The locations include: Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi Center for Gulf Studies; Sharjah University Campus Avenue; University City Hall; Sharjah Police Academy; Khalid Lagoon; Al Noor Mosque; Palm Oasis; the House of Justice; the Heart of Sharjah; Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn); the Supreme Council for Family Affairs;  the Ammar Bin Yasser Mosque in Al Dhaid; Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi Mosque in Dibba Al-Hisn; the Municipality of Al Hamriya; the Town Planning Department of Khorfakkan; Khorfakkan Municipal Council; Kalba Municipal Council; and the Directorate of Human Resources in Kalba.
The festival is sponsored by Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Police Headquarters, Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), Sharjah Civil Defense Department, Sharjah Government Media Bureau.Sahara Centre and Mega Mall are partners, while the Sharjah Media Corporation is the media sponsor.
The eighth edition of the festival will include a series of visual presentations inspired by science, creativity and knowledge. The light shows will be accompanied by music played by elite musicians from all over the world. The opening ceremony for the 2018 edition will be held at the Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi Centre for Gulf Studies. The daily shows will run from 6 :00 pm to 11:00 pm on weekdays and 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight on weekends.
For more information please visit https://www.sharjahlightfestival.ae

e-learning in the Middle East to witness annual growth rate

e-learning in the Middle East
to witness annual growth rate of 9.8 per cent
till 2023, say report
Orient Planet Academy announces new course dates for 2018
January 29, 2018 – The Middle East’s online education is forecasted to experience continuous growth thanks to the rising government investments and increasing popularity of e-learning especially among professionals. According to a report by Research and Markets titled the ‘Middle East Online Education & E Learning Market Size, Demand, Opportunity & Growth Outlook 2023,’the regional online education and e-learning market is seen to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8 per cent during the forecast period.
Saudi Arabia holds the biggest share in the regional market and is expected to earn USD 237.1 million by 2023. The UAE market is expected to follow closely with a CAGR of 10.3 per cent over the forecast year, said the report.
Looking to be part of this expected growth, a large number of online academies in the region have sprung up—serving as a major indicator of the steadily expanding e-learning industry. In line with this, Orient Planet Academy (OPA), the Middle East’s first online academy dedicated to public relations (PR) and communications practitioners, has recently announced its upcoming course dates for 2018. The online classes for next year will take place on February 15, and March 8, April 05. OPA offers courses designed to enhance their skills and compete in a continuously evolving work environment.
Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group, said: “The region’s adoption of e-learning practices and growing positive attitude towards online education are major influencers and growth drivers for the market. Growth predictions are only to be expected as the Middle East embraces this type of educational method in pursuit of continuous learning in the era of digital explosion. OPA remains steadfast in its commitment to promote e-learning in the region. For 2018, we have already scheduled our new course dates and we hope PR and communications practitioners will join our growing community of students and learn from practicing industry professionals to help keep them ahead of the competition.”

 

Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group

OPA is a direct collaboration between Orient Planet, one of the Middle East’s most rapidly growing PR marketing and communications consultancies, and the Irish Academy of Public Relations, an Ireland-based international online education provider of courses in communications disciplines. It offers internationally recognized certificate courses in PR, Online Marketing & PR, Journalism, English Grammar and Diploma in Event Management. Its other offerings include Arabic courses in Online Marketing and PR and Diploma in Event Management. Each course takes 10 to 12 weeks to complete and students are required to finish one module every week and pass all requirements before a certificate is awarded.

Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University Celebrates Graduation

Under the patronage and in the presence of 

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University celebrates graduation of 396 learners of undergraduate and postgraduate programs
Mansoor Al Awar: “We are proud to launch unprecedented initiatives to reshape the future of higher education in the world.”
‘Zayed Cyber Palm for Education’ inspired by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed’s vision to make the university a solid foundation for the universities and institutions of the future in the occasion of ‘2018 The Year of Zayed’
‘School of Artificial Intelligence’ to drive UAE transformation as leading hub for developing AI technologies
UAE, 23 January 2018 – Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, the University celebrated the graduation of the seventh and eighth batch of learners from the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the School of Business & Quality Management, School of e-Education and School of Health and Environmental Studies. A total of 396 graduates attended the graduation ceremony at the Dubai World Trade Center, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and members of the Board of Governors, and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, chancellor of HBMSU as well as faculty and administrative officials, parents of graduates and learners.
The event celebrated the graduation of 26 learners with firstclass honors degrees, 30 with second-class honors degrees and 42 with third-class honors degrees. This achievement reflects the University’s success in developing creative approaches aimed at redefining the future of teaching and learning through smart technology, innovation and quality to hone qualified national talents and prepare them to lead the ambitious development process.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have met at the graduation ceremony with an elite group of entrepreneurs who are HBMSU’s learners and alumni. The HBMSU President said he is proud of the learners for being a model for young national talents armed with knowledge, innovation and the determination to achieve excellence, which will help build the country’s future, under the directives of the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan was also presented with the creative ideas that have turned into promising projects that will add value to the national economy. This achievement adds to the university’s record of excellence in preparing entrepreneurs capable of creating job opportunities that meet the challenges of the 21st century instead of generating job applicants.
H.E. Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim explained that the graduation ceremony is an advancement for the graduates as they move on to share and implement their ideas that will contribute to social progress and the country’s overall development, as well as prepare local entrepreneurs capable of leading technological development. He said that he is proud for the graduates who are joining many of the country’s promising youths.
Khalfan added: “Today, and under the unlimited support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the HBMSU continues its role towards graduating entrepreneurs rather than job seekers through raising the quality of scientific research, entrepreneurship and innovation, with focus on enriching knowledge and driving the progress of the smart education sector. This is in line with our strategic plan 2018-2020, which aims to support the UAE Vision 2021 in building a competitive economy led by Emiratis equipped with knowledge and innovation. In response to the wise guidance of our leadership to be positive and to work on promoting education, we look forward to continue our efforts to lead the way in re-engineering higher education locally, regionally and globally, in pursuit of creating an incubator environment for the youth’s creations as they represent the foundation stone to explore and build the future.”
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar opened the graduation ceremony by launching unprecedented initiatives aimed at redefining the future of global higher education, particularly the ‘Zayed Cyber Palm for Education’ initiative, which was named after a distinguished leader who had a deep insight and wise vision to establish the pillars of giving to ensure that the goodness of the UAE reaches the entire world.
Al Awar further reiterated that Zayed Cyber Palm for Education is inspired by the vision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan and the launch of the project comes in the occasion of the declaration of 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed’, a leader whose legacy and achievements remain a guidance for the University to continue pushing for excellence and prepare a generation of future builders. He said that this first-of-its-kind initiative will pave the way to achieve the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, who said in 2002: “I want the University to be a solid foundation for future institutes and universities.”
Al Awar added: “HBMSU gears up for a new level of engagement that would undoubtedly witness broad and positive changes in higher education regionally and globally. We are preparing to be a palm that provides emerging electronic and smart universities with knowledge and a range of expertise that would enable them to benefit from smart education. We provide a massive cloud platform that provides technological services required for intelligent transformation, including the Student Portal, Student Information System, Virtual Classrooms, Online Payments and Technical Support Services, in addition to facilitating educational services and establishment of schools on the cloud delivering world-class education.”
Al Awar also announced the launch of the School of Artificial Intelligence, which is based on an ambitious vision that aims to create and apply AI knowledge based on research and innovation which will bring about positive social and economic change at the local and international levels. This pioneering move is part of HBMSU’s commitment to build skilled generations that will make the UAE a new hub for developing AI mechanisms, techniques and legislation, in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to capitalize on AI as a platform to improve government performance, accelerate achievements, and create highly productive environment. The new school is a major drive towards re-engineering the future of education through quality programs such as Master of Science in A.I. and Robotics Engineering, Master of Science in A.I. and Game Design, and “Master of Science in A.I. and Computational Data Science.
During his speech, Dr. Al Awar added: “The graduation of this batch coincides with the Year of Zayed, which marks the centennial of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s birth, in commemoration of his memory, principles and noble values ​​as one of the greatest leaders in the world. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed once talked about the wise vision of Zayed that resulted in the achievements and successes that put the UAE on the world map, describing him as the father, the leader and the builder of the modern UAE. Zayed began to make a radical change in the concepts of education, and this is what we are considering today in our efforts at comprehensive re-engineering in education and make a fresh start to the future guided by the wise directions of H.H. Hamdan bin Mohammed, who said: “The world is changing, and we have to adapt with this change by changing education, so that we can be ready for the future,”. The process of re-engineering began when we succeeded this year in obtaining the accreditation for the ‘Master of Science in Change Management and Creativity’ from the Academic Accreditation Authority at the Ministry of Education as a fully online program.”
“Today, we started reaping the first fruits of this unique educational approach as we witness the graduation of these young people, which would normally wait in queue to secure a job, whether in government or the private sector. However, we have succeeded in implementing the principle espoused by H.E. Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who instructed that the university should provide society with “entrepreneurs, not job seekers”. In line with this, HBMSU has provided the UAE community with a large number of businessmen of about 70 graduates who have embraced the principle of “Entrepreneurs, not job seekers”, and have succeeded in setting up their own projects with a capital of more than a few millions each. We are confident that our graduates will continue the march of scientific and practical achievement, and I wish them all the best, with faith that they will keep in touch with the University for more professional and cognitive support,” said Al Awar.

 

Curriculum Diploma Program in the Arab Region

In continuation of the successful launch of first-of-its-kind program in
Arab Region in support of UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
HBMSU & UNESCO inaugurate second batch of
‘Curriculum Diploma Program in the Arab Region’
Mansoor Al Awar: ‘The program is an intellectual & systematic tool for delivering high-level education characterized by equality, innovation & quality’
The development of curricula that ensure the delivery of high-level & inclusive education is a strategic priority and a core value
UAE, January 17, 2018Within the framework of the Convention on International Cooperation in the Implementation of Modern Educational Programs, the second batch of the ‘Curriculum Diploma in the Arab Countries’ hosted by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in cooperation with the International Bureau of Education (IBE) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been launched.

 

The move is part of joint efforts to develop educational competencies and teaching staff in Arab countries and contribute to the achievement of the fourth of the 17 goals of the UN Sustainable Development Plan 2030 which aims to provide inclusive high-level education characterized by equality and quality and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The program is sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. It offers a unique training experience using HBMSU’s smart educational systems developed by the university to re-engineer the future of teaching and learning based on creativity, innovation, scientific research. The second batch follows a highly successful inaugural edition and will accommodate 41 participants from 16 Arab countries. It aims to meet requirements for training and development of competencies responsible for the development of curricula in Arab countries according to a comparative international perspective that paves the way for delivering high-quality education.
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, emphasized the importance of the ‘Curriculum Diploma in the Arab Countries’ as being the first of its kind in the Arab World to target developers of curriculum, education policy-makers and teaching staff in promoting a culture of smart learning, which he said has become a pillar for reshaping the future and providing education for all. He said that this program is an intellectual and systematic tool for delivering high-level education characterized by equality, innovation and quality, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal of 2030 to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.’
Dr. Al Awar said: “The quality program is the result of the strong partnership established with the UNESCO International Bureau of Education and is being undertaken in coordination with the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. We believe in the importance of strengthening international cooperative frameworks to effect a radical change in the school education system, higher education and scientific research at the local and regional levels.We are committed to providing the best education for future innovators under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and HBMSU President, who has tasked us to prepare a qualified generation capable of leading development and knowledge enrichment in the Arab World.”
“The second batch of this program is being participated in by 16 Arab countries, which reflects the growing regional and international confidence in HBMSU as a leader in knowledge and scientific research and a pioneering academic institution committed to shaping the future of education based on research, innovation and knowledge. We will continue to prepare the young generation to drive the growth process and keep pace with the requirements of the 21st Century,” he concluded.
The program incorporates a training methodology that combines self- and smart learning and direct education and targets developers of curriculum, education policy-makers, department heads, supervisors, teachers, university professors and education quality assurance specialists. It aims to improve the ability to analyze, review, evaluate, design and develop curricula at all levels of the education system. The first batch of graduates achieved a high success rate of 97.4 per cent out of 38 participants from 11 Arab countries, 14 of which were from the UAE.
The latest batch will span eight (8) months through September 2018 at HBMSU’s campus with the participation of several Arab academics and UNESCO experts. The program agenda’s various major themes presented in Arabic include ‘Curriculum Development: Concept, Trends, Issues and Challenges’; ‘Curriculum Development: Systems and Processes’; ‘Curriculum Design: Outputs? and Models’; ‘Curriculum of Smart Education and Custom Learning’; ‘Smart Learning Technology’; ‘Education Evaluation’; and ‘Inclusive and Creative Education Systems’.

Academic Cooperation

Mansoor Al Awar discusses prospects for academic cooperation with President of Drexel University Online

UAE, December 12, 2017- Dr Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), recently discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in areas supporting the development of smart learning as one of the basic pillars of manufacturing and ensuring a brighter future during a meeting with Dr Susan Aldridge, PhD, President of Drexel University Online.
 
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) 
with Dr. Susan Aldridge, Ph.D., President of Drexel University Online
 
Al Awar emphasized the importance of enhancing channels for exchanging best practices and successful experiences with the best academic institutions and universities in the world. This, he explained, would help optimize the use of the latest technological innovations to facilitate smart education and distance learning according to the highest standards of efficiency, excellence and inclusiveness. He affirmed the commitment of HBMSU to explore new horizons for forging fruitful strategic partnerships with the international academic community to continue the process of excellence in reshaping the future of learning across the Arab World through technology, innovation, and scientific research.
 

3rd Community Safety Conference

Dhahi Khalfan Intellectual Property Center
to organize
3rd Community Safety Conference
to help combat local & global counterfeiting 
UAE, December 06, 2017 – Under the patronage of Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai and Honorary President of Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA), the Dhahi Khalfan Intellectual Property Center will host its 3rd Community Safety Conference at the Dubai Police Officer Club on December 12, 2017 under the theme ‘Combating counterfeiting through standardization and meteorology.’
To be held in collaboration with EIPA, Dubai Police, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the international safety testing, certification and inspections company, the conference will provide high-profile participants and local and regional stakeholders with an effective platform to discuss systematic ways to fight counterfeiters and enhance community safety in the UAE and the wider region.
Among the high-ranking attendees who are expected to take part in the gathering are Major General Rashid Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defense; Warren Macinnis, Anti- Counterfeiting Operations Director, UL; and Abdulla Al Muaini, Executive Director – Conformity Scheme Services, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.
Commenting on the event, Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Dubai Police’s Quality and Excellence and Chairman of EIPA’s Board of Directors said: “The 3rd Community Safety Conference will be held against the backdrop of rising fraudulent activities worldwide and in light of the growing need to protect our communities from these threats. This is the time to engage both the public and private sectors to meaningfully tackle counterfeiting and piracy as a major societal scourge that needs to be addressed quickly and efficiently.”
 
Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Dubai Police’s Quality and Excellence and Chairman of EIPA’s Board of Directors
 
For his part, Dr. AbdelRahman Al Obaidly, General Secretary of the conference added: “The UAE aims to be one of the world’s top countries in the IP protection sector by 2021. EIPA looks forward to collaborating with strategic partners and concerned entities to increase awareness and create a better understanding of IP—including activities like the signing of MoUs and participation in IP protection initiatives. This move demonstrates the country’s steadfast commitment to combat IP-related crimes. The conference is a perfect opportunity to share how else we can better address the problem and contribute to ongoing international efforts.”
Three panel discussions will take place during the conference. The first panel will comprise Dr Hussam Al Saghir, Head of Commercial Law Department and Director of the Regional Institute at Helwan University; Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Baker, Advisor to the President of the Federal Authority of Legal Affairs; Colonel Salah Juma Buosaibah, Director of the Anti-Economic Crimes Department at Dubai Police; and Ahmed Mustafa Al Daboosi, Assistant Professor of Commercial Law – Sharjah University. The topics to be discussed include ‘Imitation and Piracy and their impact on the National Economy;’ ‘The Role of Customs in Protecting the Community;’ ‘A Safer Society Without Counterfeiting;’ and ‘Protecting the market from the Electronic Promotion of Counterfeiting Goods in Accordance with IP Rights.’
The second panel will focus on ‘Innovation and its impact on Society from Cybersecurity Point of View’ and ‘Impact on Public Safety from Counterfeiting of Fire and Life Critical Products.’ The speakers will consist of Mohammad Bushlaibi, Research and Electronic Directories Analyst- Telecommunication and Regulatory Authority (TRA); Hassan Omar, COO, Ducab; and Captain Taher Hassan AlTaher, Head of Company Approval, Dubai Civil Defence (DCD).

Lastly, the third panel comprising Jonathan Fonzalez, Technical Lead Engineer, UL Middle East; Moutaz Abdullat, Legal Manager at Ferrero; and Hadi Y. Alkanani, Regional Brand Protection Manager, P&G, will discuss ‘Risks of Counterfeiting in Gas Directors and Sprinkles;’ ‘Parallel Imports in Foods Products;’ and ‘P&G Experience with Counterfeits: Is it Safe for Consumers?’

Abu Dhabi Science Festival

ADEK’s Abu Dhabi Science Festival ends 2017 edition on high note with footfall of more than 100,000 visitors

Region’s premier science fair attended by more than 17,000 students
Award-winning festival featured 71 entertaining & education activities
Over 40% of activities & workshops provided by local organizations
Festival’s social media platforms log around 20,000 social media engagements
UAE, November 25, 2017 –The 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF), the region’s premier science fair, surpassed expectations to close its highly successful 10-day run with an estimated attendance of more than 100,000 visitors and over 17,000 student participants. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the leading festival treated its audiences comprising mostly young students aged 5 and above to 71 exciting and educational activities and shows highlighting the wonders and importance of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The science extravaganza was simultaneously staged at new venue Khalifa Park and perennial favorite Al Ain Zoo. More than 40 per cent of its content was provided by local partners, providing a cultural dimension to the festival and connecting visitors to the local industry. This year’s interactive activities successfully captured the imagination and sparked creativity among visitors and drew around 20,000 social media engagements on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Many topics ranging from the human body and the natural world to creative technology and space were covered by the festival’s various interactive exhibits, fun workshops and spectacular shows.

H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director General of ADEK, expressed his extreme satisfaction with this year’s results and extended his gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, government and private supporters, educators, schools, students, and other individuals and organizations that contributed to the show’s exceptional run. He said that ADEK will continue to improve the festival’s vision as a platform for inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers.
“The Abu Dhabi Science Festival has emerged as a catalyst for developing talents for the science and technology sectors in line with the UAE Innovation Strategy and the government’s educational agenda under UAE Vision 2021. Given the very positive response to the fair this year, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge will intensify its efforts to further enhance its content, scope and influence. I would also like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all who helped make the festival special and immensely popular,” added H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi.
Reflecting on the success of ADSF 2017, Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, CEO, Dolphin Energy Limited said: “I am delighted with the response to this year’s event and it was wonderful to see so many visitors come and experience the festival and participate in the array of activities and workshops that were on offer. ADSF lies at the heart of our community outreach program; it is one of the most inspiring and rewarding events that we sponsor because it provides the opportunity to inspire the young and support the vision that aims to make Abu Dhabi a world-class center for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Congratulations to all those involved.”
ADEK coordinated with 15 universities and academic and scientific institutions across the UAE to be part of the event. Organized student tours – an integral part of the annual festival – fostered a dynamic atmosphere of collective learning and encouraged lively discussions on the STEM field presented by each activity. More than 1,000 higher education students volunteered to present the event – including several ADSF alumni who were able to help deliver the workshops and shows in an engaging and unique manner. The organizers of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, one of Europe’s largest science festivals, helped design and develop ADSF 2017’s overall content to ensure maximum impact and participation.
The Abu Dhabi Science Festival has been attended by over half a million visitors and supported by more than 50 sponsors since its launch in 2011. This year’s edition was organized in collaboration and cooperation with major government and private entities such as Dolphin Energy Limited (Presenting Sponsor), Mubadala and Emirates Transport (Affiliate Sponsors), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Content Sponsor), Abu Dhabi Media (Exclusive Media Partner), Marina Mall and Dalma Mall (Mall Partners), and several local universities. 

‘Hackathon’ competition

Mansoor Bin Mohammed
honors outstanding winners of 
‘Hackathon’ competition

4 young Emirati talents win the title of ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’
International jury evaluates creative applications in line with UAE’s national policies
Local contestants demonstrate high-level skills in programming, computer thinking systems, digital applications, & electronic games

‘Emirati Programmer’ gives young local talents an opportunity to join global programming competitions

UAE, November 12, 2017 H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ winners of the ‘Hackathon’ competition organized by the Emirates Talent Association and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The recognition marked the culmination of the successful first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer,’ the first-of-its-kind national initiative in the UAE launched to enhance the skills of Emirati programmers in programming languages, computer thinking systems, the basics of digital application and electronic games development.

 

The closing ceremony held at HBMSU’s campus saw world-class young Emirati talents and innovators recognized for their competitive programming abilities. Dignitaries attended the event were headed by H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi, member of the National Federation Council and Chairman of Union Coop’s board of directors and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Attendees applauded the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative for laying a solid foundation for human capital development and investing in the country’s human resources to build a future generation capable of driving economic growth driven by modern technology, knowledge, and innovation in line with UAE Vision 2021.
An international jury chose the winners based onset criteria, including the ability to link the creative programming projects to national policies and initiatives such as adopting a competitive and knowledge- and innovation-driven economy.
The four winners of the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ title bagged the Golden Award in four categories. They were Hamdan Al Maqoodi, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 7-10; Saud Ahmed Al Hosani, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 11- 15; Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, ‘Developing App – Bloxmob Category’ for age group 7-10; and Saif Adnan Al Marri, ‘Developing App – Swift Category’ forage group 11-15. The four were among the 12 finalists of the ‘Hackathon’ competition, which served as a platform to put the spotlight on the global programming talents.
H.E. Tamim said: “We are proud to honor young talents with enormous creative potentials who have shown thirst for knowledge and strong interest to be part of the development process for a more advanced and prosperous future. Furthermore, the ‘Emirati Programmer’ has pushed young people to be creators of a bright future for all using their talents and achieve the highest international ranks. This success has further inspired us to excel in preparing a generation of qualified, innovative, and creative local and international young programmers. ”
“The strong partnership between the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU has been recognized as a model for constructive cooperation among national entities for youth development. It is also aligned with what H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said, ‘The youth is the future and hope of our country.’ We are undoubtedly taking proactive steps to provide the world of programming with creative talents who have confidence, knowledge, determination, and leadership to guide the economy towards the highest levels of innovation and creativity,” H.E. added.
Aside from the Gold Award, Silver and Bronze Awards were also given across the four categories. The international judges comprised technology professionals led by Lewis Hall, English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) Manager, Apple Distinguished Educator; Rayan Karaky, Head of DoubleClick MENA & Turkey, Google; Ahmed Ebrahim, Microsoft Gulf Teacher Engagements Manager; and Hanan Hasan, Head of Technology Development at Al Ittihad National Private School in Abu Dhabi, Apple Distinguished Educator.
Hall said: “As a jury member, it is an honor to witness the creativity and innovative skills of young Emirati talents, who have exhibited strong potentials in programming. I am glad to see their eagerness to develop applications relevant to local society and have the potentials to address future challenges. We are also confident that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative was a step in the right direction to build a generation capable and qualified to develop applications supporting the progress of the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Karaky thanked the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU for the opportunity to be one of the judges. He said: “It is inspiring to see the youth using their imagination combined with their capabilities to master programming languages, which play a major role in the modern era. We are looking forward to seeing more talented Emirati entrepreneurs, application developers, and programmers in the future. Allow me also to announce that we are turning Shaikha’s proposal into a reality by putting her application in our application store. Additionally, I will continuously follow the projects and innovations of other promising talents to instill creativity and innovation in the UAE.”
After the ceremony, the winners presented their applications and projects at the ‘Coding Expo.’
The winners in the ‘Developing App – Bloxmob’ (7 to 10 years old) category are Shaikha Khalid Al Ali – Diabetes Learning Bag (Gold); Sarah Saeed Al Awar – Read-ester (Silver); and Wid Hamad Al Awar – Slime Angle (Bronze); and in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (11 to 15 years old), Saif Adnan Al Marri – Discount Me IN (Gold); Abdulla Al Jawi- Discover Dubai (Silver); and Mohammed Alowais – Family Hub (Bronze). 
The victors in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (7 to 10 years old) are Hamadan Al Maqoodi – Road Kill (Gold); Zayed Saif Al Zaabi – Death Road (Silver); and Ali Saif Al Zaabi – Save Water Save Life (Bronze); while Saud Al Hosani – Star Fires (Gold); Hind Saad Abbas – Mars Rock On (Silver); Fahad Al Awadi – Dodge and Race (Bronze) won in ‘Developing Game – Kudo’ (11 and 15 years old) category.
Student Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, Gold Winner of ‘Bloxmob’ for 7 to 10 years old, expressed her happiness for being part of the successful competition. She added that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative provided her with a unique opportunity to acquire key programming and smart application development skills which she used to create her simple and streamlined Diabetes Learning Bag app. She also thanked the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU, and event organizers for supporting her in achieving her ambition and turning her idea into a concrete application.
About 96 graduates comprised the first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative, 46 of whom qualified for the semi-finals and 12 reached the finals. The participants received high-level training under the direct supervision of renowned instructors who specialize in the three-level ‘Lifelong learning model.’ The training ensured that the local contestants would excel in the “Hackathon” competition. The  ‘Emirati Programmer’ focused on providing talented youth with new knowledge and skills in computer language programming to design games and digital and electronic applications using multiple programming platforms such as Microsoft’s KODU Game Lab, Apple’s Swift, Google’s Blockly, and  ‘Cloud Campus.’
 
 

7thAbu Dhabi Science Festival

7thAbu Dhabi Science Festival to feature nearly a dozen exciting learning activities for kids at Al Ain Zoo
 
Kids Dig!, New Waterlight Graffiti among expected crowd favourites
 
Abu Dhabi, November 07, 2017 – The Abu Dhabi Department for Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has announced that the 7th Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) to be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will include more than 10 exciting learning activities at the Al Ain Zoo, one of the event’s two venues.
Aside from the returning Kids Dig! and Splat! which drew huge crowds at the zoo last year, the latest edition of the Middle East’s premier science festival, running from November 9 to 18 2017, will feature new attractions such as Waterlight Graffiti and The Loony Gas show.
 
Sponsored by Dolphin Energy Limited, Kids Dig! introduces young students to the world of archeology by enabling them to dig up items using real tools used for archeological exploration and helping them interpret their finds.
 
On the other hand, participants can become mini-robot engineers, by attending Cubelets Robot Blocks sessions and creating their own unique robots from blocks and magnetic faces.

The debuting Waterlight Graffiti will bring out children’s artistry by allowing them to create dazzling interactive installations lit by thousands of LED lights from just a sponge, brush, water gun and water atomizer.
 
Engr. Sanad Humaid Ahmed, Vice Chairman of the Innovation Committee at the Abu Dhabi Department for Education and Knowledge, said: “The Abu Dhabi Science Festival has made a significant mark as an educational activity that exposes children to disciplines such as archeology and engineering in a highly engaging and hands-on manner. This year we will once again balance the theoretical and practical aspects of learning through sessions that give students supervised access to the real tools of the trade while explaining to them the importance of the various scientific fields they encounter throughout the festival.”
 
Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, CEO, Dolphin Energy Limited, said: “Children can surprise us with their ability to absorb information and be creative even at their young age. The Abu Dhabi Science Festival provides an excellent learning-themed playground for us to arouse interest in various major scientific fields and inspire the next generation of archaeologists, robotics experts and even artists. We want today’s youths to be comfortable with science and realize that knowledge opens up limitless possibilities.”
 
The 2017 Abu Dhabi Science Festival will feature 71 unique activities. ADEK is coordinating with 15 universities and academic and scientific institutions nationwide for participation in the event. More than 1,000 volunteer higher education students will help deliver the workshops and shows in an engaging and distinctive manner.
ADEK is organizing the 7th annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival simultaneously at both Khalifa Park and the Al Ain Zoo in collaboration with major government and private entities such as Dolphin Energy (Presenting Sponsor), Mubadala and Emirates Transport (Affiliate Sponsors), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Content Sponsor), Abu Dhabi Media (Exclusive Media Partner), Marina Mall and Dalma Mall (Mall Partners) and several local universities.

Interested parties can obtain festival information, book workshops and purchase tickets in advance electronically via ADSF’s website, www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae, or through a new downloadable official ‘ADSF’ mobile app.