The Prince of Wales Toured Masdar City and Participated in a Youth Circle Addressing Youth Engagement in Sustainability
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 7 November 2016 – Today, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was given a tour of Masdar City, where he took part in a Youth Circle organised by the Emirates Youth Council. The visit was part of a tour of the region, which builds on the longstanding relationship between the UAE and the UK.
The Youth Circle, hosted outside the Masdar Institute Knowledge Centre, brought together young and talented professionals and students to share their hopes, ideas and concerns. On the topic of “Engaging and Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future,”the event provided a platform for youth-centric discussions on some of the most important challenges and opportunities facing the world today.
Youth Circles were established in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to inspire sustainable youth-centric dialogue across sectors.Youth Circles are a platform to enable youth to express their opinions on societal challenges and policy matters, and to catalyse community impact and youth leadership.
Prior to the Youth Circle, His Royal Highness toured Masdar City and Masdar Institute. The tour was led byHis Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar; Her Excellency Shamma Sohail Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs; Mohamed Al Ramahi, Masdar CEO; Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Masdar leadership team.
As part of the visit, The Prince of Wales was given an insight into Masdar’s growing portfolio of clean energy projects across the globe, including those in the UK: London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world, and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, which is set for production in the first quarter of 2017. He also met with researchers from four Masdar Institute projects, highlighting the Institute’s leadership in sustainable technology research.
His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, reinforces the strong bilateral ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness is a strong advocate for sustainable development and shares the same commitment as Masdar to advancing the adoption of clean energy globally. Masdar and HRH The Prince of Wales, are united in the belief that the most effective sustainable solutions will come from collaboration and partnerships between the private and public sectors.”
Her Excellency Shamma Sohail Al Mazrui said: “It was an honour to have His Royal Highness Prince Charles championing an important priority for both the UAE and UK, namely youth and sustainability. Through engaging youth-led initiatives such as Youth Circles, the UAE is providing a valuable platform for youth to lead the global dialogue on sustainability, while in turn developing knowledge and human potential.”
She added: “Youth are the ones who are inheriting tomorrow’s world, so it is imperative to integrate them into the global conversation on sustainability through platforms such as Youth Circles. Our generation will bring a young, fresh and creative perspective to problem-solving for a sustainable future.”
Dr. Al Yousuf said: “Masdar Institute is honoured to host His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who has been a champion for environmentalism for over 40 years. His visit, which adds to our growing list of visits from leading international royalty, shows the shared value of sustainability. Earth is our collective responsibility, which is why Masdar Institute strives to collaborate across borders with international partners to develop solutions and innovations to real-world sustainability challenges. Today’s Youth Circle event is also aligned with Masdar Institute’s focus on developing our young people into high-value human capital who will help lead the country’s knowledge economy transformation.”
The Prince of Wales has a long relationship with Masdar and Masdar Institute. In 2008, he gave a keynote address at the inaugural World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a conference held during the Masdar-hosted Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company which works to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirates’ long-term vision for the future of energy and water.
About Masdar City
One of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a hub connecting education with research & development, and business with investment. The nucleus of the city is the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the world’s first graduate university specialising in advanced energy and sustainable technologies. Through initiatives such as Masdar City, Masdar is helping to realise a template – or ‘greenprint’ – for sustainable urban development in the UAE and other countries.
About Masdar Institute
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) was established by the government of Abu Dhabi as a not-for-profit, private graduate university to develop indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi addressing issues of importance to the region.
In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute has developed an academic and research platform that articulates its mission and vision according to critical energy and sustainability challenges.
An important characteristic of Masdar Institute is its focus on complex real-world problems that require a multidisciplinary approach for the development of solutions from an integrated technology, systems and policy perspective. This multi-interdisciplinary and integrated approach is supported by the structure of its academic programs and by the emphasis placed on engaging external partners from industry, government, and other academic institutions in collaborative activities.
Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.
Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.
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