The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) collaborated with American University of Sharjah (AUS) to host the Future of Smart Manufacturing Read more ... in the emirate. The seminar was attended by a number of scientists, leading industry leaders and specialists from universities in the region. The forum addressed a number of topics through lectures and panel discussions on the future of research and innovation in Sharjah. It highlighted subjects such as AI Technology, future of Industry 4.0 in the UAE and Cyber Physical Role in Smart Manufacturing. The industrial transformations and modern production methods are one of the most important technological changes in the world. The event began with a welcome speech by Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, during which he spoke about his vision and objectives to create a conducive environment for creativity and innovation to make Sharjah the global hub in the fields of research and technology. This can be done by supporting the Emirate’s attitudes towards the knowledge economy by developing the innovation system, and assist in applied scientific and technological research to carry out investment activities. A number of lecturers and specialists spoke during the seminar on the future of smart industrial technologies and how to deal with it. They suggested to create the necessary legislative infrastructure to support future technologies and apply the technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Speakers included Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Smart World, Dr. Angelika Eksteen, Director of AI Directions, Dr. Ali Abdulrahman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at American University of Sharjah, and Hamed Ghanim, General Manager of Hitachi.
Sharjah, April 10, 2019 – The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) participated in the Annual Investment Forum (AIM) 2019 Read more ... to discuss the park’s rapid growth towards creating an innovation-based economy by supporting applied scientific and technological research to carry out investment activities. The park’s unique vision was highlighted and why it is the preferred placed for investors and international companies working for the following sectors: Water Technology, Renewable Energy, Environmental Technology, Transportation Technology, Digitization, Industrial Design and Architecture. During AIM 2019, SRTI Park’s platform attracted a great deal of attention from visitors, participating leading companies in the fields of innovative technology and international media. AIM is the largest global investment gathering showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting FDI. As the new kind of investment destination in Sharjah, SRTI Park, an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE), is committed towards positioning itself as a premier research and innovation hub in the UAE. Established in 2016 by royal decree of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, and Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, SRTI Park aims to develop and manage an innovation ecosystem within a free zone that promotes R&D and supports enterprise activities and the triple helix collaboration of industry, government, and academia. Sharjah has more than 21 industrial areas, and it can utilize this by collaborating in the fields of smart industries related to robotics and artificial intelligence. Smart industries are part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the world and Sharjah plans to lead in this through research, development and innovation. Its vision is to become one of the smartest cities in the world. His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, SRTI Park’s CEO, said: “This (AIM) is an important and vital platform that brings together all investment leaders from the region and the world in one room. SRTI Park is working to build a scientific technological base to promote the development of water technologies, renewable energy, environmental and transport technology, IT and digitization, production design and architecture. The park is the reflection of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to establish Sharjah as the capital of education, scientific research and innovation through an ambitious strategic plan of the American University of Sharjah (AUS). We are striving to attract different types of investments in modern industries which will contribute to the development of a number of vital topics such as transportation, agriculture, construction and other sectors, and a different innovative concept to embody the role of Sharjah as a global center for research and innovation investments.” What distinguishes SRTI Park from the others, is its presence in an integrated and comprehensive University City. There are several universities in this University City, with more than 47,000 students and 2,000 PhD students. The aim of SRTI Park is to provide an environment conducive to creativity and innovation by creating an attractive and sustainable park with world-class infrastructure and services, supporting, promoting and developing the innovation system and to enhance the Emirate’s status as a global destination in the fields of research and technology.
Sharjah, March 18, 2019 – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, Read more ... and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) and Future Cities Catapult held the UK-Sharjah Innovation Forum at the House of Lords in London on March 8. During the forum, Sharjah’s Innovation Economy Report was launched, to highlight global best practice for innovation economies. This report will act as a roadmap for the next coming years. Present were high level Sharjah government officials led by His Excellency Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General Department, eGovernment of Sharjah, His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), His Excellency Marwan Al Sarkal, Chairman of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Khalid Bin Butti Al Hajeri, Director General of Sharjah University City, and a number of British Government representatives, members of the House of Lords and CEOs of some of the major British companies, as well as, esteemed members from the American University of Sharjah – Board of Trustees. The forum opened with a UK CEO Roundtable Discussion, where the investment opportunities at SRTI Park were showcased to UK FTSE 250 companies. The day was chaired by Sir Michael Bear, former Lord Mayor of London. Attendees also included Lord Clement Jones, Nicola Yates OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Future Cities Catapult, representatives from the government of Sharjah and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in London. During the day the delegation discussed the roles Sharjah and Future Cities Catapult can play in the development of smart cities and the investment opportunities at the SRTI Park. Bosch, JCB, MasterCard and other companies specializing in smart building solutions, data collection techniques and virtual reality experiences also shared their insights on the day. The goal of the session was to develop Sharjah’s relationship with the global research sector and establish Sharjah as the capital of education, scientific research and innovation. Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi stressed upon Sharjah’s potential to become a world leader in innovation, research and entrepreneurship, and shared the Emirate’s vision to enhance its position in to become one of the smartest cities in the world. He noted the strong strategic relations between Sharjah and the UK and how they can develop the economic and investment relations in innovation and knowledge economy. Hussain Al Mahmoudi discussed the vision and objectives of the SRTI Park aimed at providing an environment conductive of creativity and innovation to ensure the status of Sharjah as a global destination by supporting the Emirate’s aim towards establishing knowledge economy. During the forum, Al Mahmoudi discussed that Sharjah has more than 21 industrial areas, and how the Emirate and the UK together can utilize this by collaborating in the fields of smart industries related to robotics and artificial intelligence. Smart industries are part of the fourth industrial revolution in the world and Sharjah plans to lead in this through research, development and innovation. The importance of the session was to develop Sharjah’s relationship with the global research sector as a reflection of His Highness’s vision to establish Sharjah as the capital of education, scientific research and innovation in line with of the American University of Sharjah’s (AUS) strategy. One of the main focuses is to support scientific research through SRTI Park and it to be a hub for international research companies, researchers, students, faculty and graduates of the AUS. Through its relation with the most prestigious universities and international institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College, SRTI Park will create a world class innovative research environment, focusing on: water technology, renewable energy, environment technology, transportation technology, information technology, industrial design and architecture. The participants were briefed on SRTI Park’s mission and current projects taking place within the park. Some of these projects consist of building hydroponic farming lab using solar-evaporated sea water coming directly from the Sharjah coast, pre-fab housing constructed from recycled plastic, construction of an elevated train pilot track and much more, using the natural resources in the best way. The park has easy access to vital and logistical facilities in the emirate and in the UAE, and the infrastructure meets the requirements of international standards. His Excellency Marwan Al Sarkal, Chairman of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), showcased the Emirate as a unique investment, commercial and tourism destination, and the role that Shurooq plays in facilitating partnerships, entrepreneurs and opportunities. The seminar was attended by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Hussain Al Mahmoudi and Nikola Yates Obi, Chief Executive Officer of Catapult, and representatives of the British Government. It focused on how to enhance cooperation around innovation and smart cities between the British government and Sharjah. Also, to promote the Emirate as a regional capital for innovation, research and development in the Middle East and to strengthen its position in this field and how British companies can contribute by investing and starting businesses in Sharjah. The forum discussed a number of common themes that focused on joint investment between the UAE and the UK in the fields of R&D. The partnership aims to enhance the successful cooperation between the UK and Sharjah, putting the park’s location on the map for future institutions, and making Sharjah a world-class research and technological center. In addition, to attract specialized investments in technology, research, innovation and knowledge. In order benefit society, knowledge and economy, to assure that Sharjah is a global capital for education, scientific research and innovation. Al Mahmoudi added: “The organization of this forum is the final one of a series of seminars and workshops during a year of cooperation and joint work with the British Government represented by the Catapult Future Cities and the transfer of knowledge between them with the means of strengthening the status of Sharjah as a global hub for scientific research, technology, innovation and knowledge. The convening of the Forum at the House of Lords UK Parliament is a symbolic indication of the evolving relations Sharjah has with the British Government in the fields of scientific research and development.” Sharjah has taken a keen interest in encouraging and activating the academic role represented by faculty members and students to move scientific research from the theoretical stage to the applied practical stage through the park. All the financial conditions have been created to serve this objective and work to help researchers connect with the business world and attract investors. SRTI Park main objective was to create triple helix partnerships between public, private and academic sectors. The SRTI Park successfully hosted the joint seminar with of the British Government and Sharjah on Innovation and Cities of the Future. The workshop was held under the patronage of a number of government authorities in Sharjah, businesses and experts to provide them with basic creative skills in various topics such as data technology, address creation, internet technology and other topics. A workshop titled “Sharjah Innovation: Towards a Global Destination for Creativity” was held with the participation of representatives from the Government of the UK, the Government of Sharjah and the SRTI Park, which aimed to promote Sharjah as a regional capital for innovation, research and development in the Middle East. In addition to a workshop “The Future of Innovation and the Launch of the Smart Cities Project” held earlier this year, attended by a large number of experts and an elite of academics and researchers.
Sharjah, March 11, 2019 – Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), an initiative of American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE), Read more ... received a delegation from India yesterday. The delegation included investors and experts in the fields of technology, smart industries and relevant innovative sectors from major cities in India. The visit was organized by MCA, an international business consultancy, to identify investment opportunities and services provided by SRTI Park. Also, to facilitate knowledge transfer, build relations and partnership between the park and the Indian business and tech communities. The delegation was briefed about the park, its future plans and its offerings such as services provided to the investors. During the session, current and future projects were showcased and illustrated how the park’s ecosystem fosters disruptive technologies especially companies focusing on research, development and technology transfer. SRTI Park offers premium services that will attract investors based on international standards. Investors will be able to work within a safe investment environment with full ownership and tax exemptions as well as infrastructure and support facilities. The delegation was impressed by the benefits of establishing at the park including easy access to Sharjah University City. There are several universities in this ecosystem, with more than 47,000 students, 2,000 PHDs and 17 institutions, all of which creating reputation for themselves in the fields of research and development. The park is committed towards making Sharjah a research and innovation hub of the Middle East. The visit was an important opportunity to introduce the park to the Indian business community as the research and innovation hub of the Middle East. The Indian delegation expressed their gratitude to the park for hosting them while praising the Emirate of Sharjah for the achievements it has made in the fields education, research and technology.
Sharjah, March 5, 2019 – A seminar was held at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) for the well-known figures of the business Read more ... world in Sharjah. The focus of this session was SRTI Park’s vision towards a knowledge economy based on supporting applied scientific and technological research to carry out investment activities. This is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to make Sharjah a global capital for scientific research and innovation. During the presentation, His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, briefed the participants on the approach of the park and its steps towards on achieving the required progress and success through global partnerships and presence in most of the world’s innovative forums to search for the best experiences and centers. Many of these research centers have started building their base in SRTI Park. He also talked about the university students, researchers and graduates and how the park can cater to their needs and employ them appropriately. He called on government institutions in Sharjah and the private sector to discuss how to invest in this sector in the future. The construction of SRTI Park’s headquarter building has begun, the first stage of it will be completed by early 2020. The main building will have offices of investors and scientific laboratories for research and development. The park’s management has already moved to the site offices. SRTI Park’s most important achievements, the international companies working within the park and research projects were discussed. The plans are based on the development of a system of solutions and innovations in various areas of life to facilitate the life of humanity and for a sustainable future through the best use of resources The park aims to serve the national economy and contribute to the promotion of the educational and research process in Sharjah. This is to form a new era for knowledge investment in the region as a preferred destination for international investment research organization. These organizations will get easy access to all vital and logistical facilities in the emirate and in the UAE and high-level infrastructure with international standards. SRTI Park seeks to strengthen its position on the map of future institutions, and stimulate and attract specialized investments in technology, research, innovation and knowledge to transform Sharjah into a leading global center for innovation, research and entrepreneurship. Through these meetings, SRTI Park’s hopes to establish strong partnerships with all local business sectors and launch quality partnerships that stimulate investments in R & D. The meeting included a comprehensive dialogue between the audience and the management of the of the park, asking questions, expressing their admiration for the progress achieved by SRTI Park in a short period of time.
Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) hosted an event called “Innovation Champions”, where various representatives of government Read more ... departments in Sharjah and a number of leading figures, scientists, entrepreneurs and experts participated. The workshop discussed the future of innovation in Smart Cities. Participants were briefed on how to combine innovation and business. The day was spent developing participants’ innovative skills in topics such as data technology, address creation, internet technology and other topics. The event follows the success of the “Future of Innovation and Smart Cities Project” held earlier last year and the completion of the strategic partnership launched by the SRTI Park with the “The Future Cities Catapult” (Government supported center for the advancement of Smart Cities) developing innovative services and infrastructure to meet the smart needs of communities. The partnership aims to enhance the successful cooperation between the UK and Sharjah, putting the park’s location on the map for future institutions, and making Sharjah a world-class research and technological center. In addition, to attract specialized investments in technology, research, innovation and knowledge. In order to achieve the benefit of the society and the knowledge and human economy as a whole, to consolidate Sharjah as a global capital for education, scientific research and innovation. His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, said: “The Innovation Pioneers Program is a true translation of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to make Sharjah one of the international capital for R&D innovation for the national economy. Al Mahmoudi also stressed the importance of activating and strengthening cooperation between the research sectors and public and private investment sectors through the launch of qualitative partnerships in which SRTI stimulates investments in R&D and invited the various government sectors in Sharjah to share this vision and create innovation as part of culture in the government. During his presentation, he spoke about how international companies can facilitate our lives smart solutions. Dr. Amy Hoshadil, Director of International Business Development and Management, Catapult, said: “The workshop is an essential step in our joint efforts with Sharjah as part of our strategic partnership to strengthen the infrastructure to build an innovative knowledge economy and translate this through workshops.” The workshop also highlighted ways to find innovative solutions for more sustainable cities and encourage adoption of innovation thinking.
Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park reviews investment opportunities in knowledge Sharjah 30 January 2019: Sharjah Research, Technology Read more ... and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) hosted an innovation session for University City faculty. During the session, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, discussed how His Highness’s vision brings the Sharjah innovation ecosystem together. In his welcome note, Al Mahmoudi reviewed the vision and the objectives of SRTI Park to raise Sharjah’s position as a global capital in the fields of research and technology through support, encouragement and development of the innovation system. Al-Mahmoudi stressed the importance of encouraging and activating the academic role represented by the faculty members and students to move scientific research from the theoretical stage to the applied practical stage and to make it a tangible reality through SRTI Park as all conditions are prepared and harnessing all the financial means to serve this goal. The park is a hub between academics and the private investment sector. Al-Mahmoudi briefed the audience on developments in the complex, infrastructure projects and facilities, and progress in completing the construction and development processes of the first phase of the park. The attendees listened to a detailed explanation of the latest developments in the ongoing works, what has been accomplished and the projects to be launched in the future. “The challenge is to provide a framework for prioritizing and linking solutions together to achieve economic wealth while doing so, which is often referred to as a cycle economy that matches and integrates with academic research expertise and objectives,” said Mahmoudi. The strategy of the park, which is to create solutions for a number of innovative issues, in order to build a technical scientific base for development in the fields of water technology, renewable, environment technology, transportation technology, information technology, industrial design and architecture. “We did not wait until the buildings were completed to start working. We started on the ground and the international investment companies specializing in research and technology began their work on the land of the park,” Mahmoudi said. You will find on the ground of the park, a solar-powered agricultural farm, greenhouses built of recycled plastic (that can last for decades). There will also be suspended aerial trains that reflect the modern concept of urban mobility implemented by one of the international companies. SRTI Park has already succeeded in attracting a number of international companies, as well as there are talks of non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations establishing technological laboratories in the future.
Sharjah, 24 January 2019 – The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) attracts a number of world-class research companies and Read more ... research centers. The Green Homes project, developed as part of Merlin Digital’s Sustainable Technologies Research Site, is located in the science park. A redefined of living green, these houses are made with cutting-edge polymeric compounds and aerospace technology, offering the ability to live integrated in nature, with total comfort and high energy savings at affordable prices. Built in one day, these houses can last for a longer period of time than the traditional ones. The earth surrounding the house provides soundproofing, protects against the impact of extreme outdoor temperatures, requires less outside maintenance, blends into the landscape more harmoniously than conventional homes, and offers exceptional protection against high winds, hailstorms, and natural disasters. The inside of the house is constructed to take advantage of the solar gain and alternative energy efficiency, along with providing the convenience of traditional construction. These houses also provides its occupants with internal agricultural methods to grow fresh food daily from different types of natural vegetables, allowing to create a natural atmosphere. Merlin Digital’s Sustainable Technologies Research Site is one of the few projects in SRTI Park. This large and unique research project at the global level focuses on identifying and developing innovative ways for a sustainable future by focusing on key issues – food and water and housing – providing many technical solutions to benefit from natural resources, such as innovative agriculture (horizontal, hydroponic and pneumatic), solar water desalination devices. Benefits of the research project: How to make use of natural resources, from solar energy and salt water, high temperature and humidity, to provide a source of irrigation for agriculture, and to ensure the success of pilot projects by focusing on the importance of innovative farming methods and their many benefits compared to conventional methods of irrigation. The agricultural products of the urban population of the world, in addition to its role in the utilization of sea water covering a vast area, up to 70% of the globe. Sustainable Agriculture The research site specializes in the development of sustainability and natural resource conservation technologies offering innovative technological solutions for agriculture through the use of infrastructure in urban areas such as balconies, houses and terraces. These include the “tower farm” (vertical agricultural system) and the horizontal farm technology (water-based). The project introduces a new concept of sustainable agriculture through the practice of using the principles of ecology, which is the study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment. Also known as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that have special field applications that continue over a long period of time to optimize the use of non-renewable energy and resources in the fields and to integrate biological control methods with natural biotechnologies wherever possible and maintain the viability of an economy fields to continue and improve the quality of life of farmers and society as a whole. Sustainable Water One of the most important research areas in Merlin Digital’s Sustainable Technologies Research Site is the Sustainable Water Project, a solar desalination still that produces 10 times the amount of pure, distilled water per square meter per day from any source of contaminated water (seawater, groundwater, etc.) compared to classic solar stills. The idea is to re-engineer solar distillation, a basic technology that human beings have known for a thousand of years. “The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park adopts a strategy of relying on scientific research and innovation to sustain natural resources that support comprehensive development projects through several initiatives on the ground, such as the establishment of strategic partnerships,” said Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park. “We are investing in more intelligent initiatives and services that will enhance the role of the technology and innovation sector to support sustainable development in Sharjah,” said Al Mahmoudi, stressing the pivotal role the park plays in supporting Sharjah’s strategic plans to make it a major attraction and gateway. To investors working in the technology and innovation sector, both individuals and companies, through a package of investment incentives and provide facilities through the plans and policies of attracting and developed to attract this type of global direct investment. To create an environment that supports research and practical experience, it also provides significant incentives for investors to enable them to adapt to competition, and the ability to reach out to global markets.
January 15, 2019 – An official delegation from Oulu, Finland, is vising the emirates of Sharjah from January 15 to 17. The diplomatic tour has been Read more ... organised by the Government of Sharjah’s Department of Government Relations headed by Executive Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi. The attendees included officials from the Council of City of Oulu, senior officials from University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences, and investors from private sectors such as smart constructions and technologies, renewable energy, water and waste treatment and printed technology and LED lighting. On their diplomatic tour, the Oulu delegation had visited Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park ‘Free Zone’ (SRTI Park) along with the officials from the Department of Government Relations of Sharjah, led by His Excellency Sheikh Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Department of Government Relations and were welcomed by SRTI Park’s CEO, His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi. Al Mahmoudi said: “We are pleased to sign these agreements that strengthen our global partnerships and strengthen our position as a world-class research and technology hub. These partnerships also open new horizons to stimulate and attract international research investments, leading countries in the knowledge economy”. This delegation visit was part of previous agreement signed between Alliance of Oulu City and SRTI Park. During the visit, there was an open discussion between the management of SRTI Park and the Oulu delegation, where as an understanding several MoUs were signed as part of collaboration and cooperation such as education, scientific research and business development within the region. After the signing of the MoUs, the delegation got a tour of Merlin Digital’s Sustainable Technologies Research Site at the park. The project (a collaborative initiative with SRTI Park) focuses on identifying and developing breakthrough innovations for a sustainable future. Having identified three core issues as the focus areas — Food, Water, and Housing — Merlin has showcased at the site multiple solutions, including Urban Farming Techniques, Solar Desalination Stills, and Green Magic Homes, lightweight and quick-to-build structures made of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) modules. This is one of the few significant projects happening at SRTI Park.
In collaboration with the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN – Office of ICT), the Sharjah Research Technology and Read more ... Innovation Park (SRTI Park) recently hosted a workshop titled – UN Technology Innovation Lab X SRTI Park – which focuses on poverty eradication and global sustainable development movement. The by-invitation-only workshop revolved around the significance of the UN Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) initiative in forming strategic partnerships among governments, private sector, civil society, academia, and donors in the hope of bridging gap to solve two of the most pressing issues of today. The UN-led program aims to unite all efforts and approaches to effectively address poverty and achieve sustainability. It seeks to discover, fund, and scale innovative solutions and business models according to the initiative’s core mission. In addition, UNTIL was launched to spur research and innovation in the UAE in line with H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Al Qasimi’s directive to apply innovations in tackling global humanitarian challenges. Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, said: “The event was an important step forward in activating international partnerships to create our future. In the region, Sharjah and the UAE are at the forefront of forming collaborative efforts designed to strengthen the path towards digital revolution, technological transformation, and economic openness. By hosting the workshop, the Park also fulfilled its mandate to attract leading international companies involved in technology, research, innovation, and knowledge to the emirate in line with the government’s socio-economic development plans.” The key speakers at the workshop included Sheikh Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, the founder of Green Sheikh, who spoke about the renewable energy and how we can support the new green technology. His Excellency Mohammed Al Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economy and Trade Affairs, said how UAE supports the research initiatives and policies and Sharjah developing this park which will attract well-known companies (focusing on new innovations and technologies) to support UAE’s economy. Dena Assaf, United Nations Resident Coordinator, and Maurizio Gazzola, Chief Global UNTIL Prorgramme, Office of ICT, UN, in their presentation spoke about the UN General Assembly in its resolution 68/220 recognizing the vital role of science, technology and innovation, including environmentally sound technologies, in facilitating efforts to address global challenges. Information and communication technologies have been acknowledged as cross-cutting enabler for sustainable development, economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Several other participants and researchers including Careem, presented their companies focusing on investing in such new and innovative technology. During the workshop, the participants tackled the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They focused on six major thematic areas, namely circular economy; food security; Industrial 4.0 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure; mobility and smart cities; quality education; and digital ethics. Further, they received feedback and guidance on major projects related to sustainable development goals for the region.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday morning, chaired the fifth meeting Read more ... of the Board of Directors of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUS Enterprises), and the third meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) at University City. During the fifth meeting of the board of directors of AUS Enterprises, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah was briefed about the current plans for the company, including the proposed budget for 2019, human resources policies and other organisational matters. The third meeting of the Board of Directors of SRTIP was held on the evaluation of projects, future plans and the modernisation of the complex’s headquarters and infrastructure, including the development of the accommodate plan to new projects, discussing the budget proposals for next year, the Board of Directors has also been briefed on the recent developments in the complex and the cooperative framework with the University of Sharjah, which has great scientific and research potential, the show was presented by Prof. Dr. Hamid Majul Al Nuaimi, Director of the University of Sharjah. After the end of the two meetings, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah visited the facilities of the SRTIP. His Highness stopped at the horizontal, hydroponic and aerospace agriculture on which Marilyn International Company is working as part of a large research project at the SRTIP. His Highness briefed from project engineers on a detailed explanation of the project and its benefits, and how to benefit from natural resources in providing a source for irrigation of agriculture, and the success of pilot projects. His Highness also watched a visual presentation on the history, objectives and importance of innovative farming methods, their numerous benefits and their contribution to the purification of the environment and the provision of agricultural products to the world’s population, as well as their role in benefiting from the sea waters covering 70% of the globe. His Excellency Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the SRTIP, AUS Enterprises thanked His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for his continuous support to achieve the vision of the Park, which serves the social and economic development objectives of the Emirate. This article first appeared on Sharjah24 (www.sharjah24.ae) on December 6.
Sharjah’s future in innovation and advanced research to be highlighted As part of its efforts to promote innovation and advanced research in Sharjah Read more ... and the UAE, the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has announced that it will sponsor the one-day ‘FutureTech Construction Summit’ to be held this month in conjunction with the Big 5 Dubai 2018, the largest and most influential construction event in the Middle East. Under the theme ‘Empowering Innovation in the Construction Ecosystem,’ the ‘FutureTech Construction Summit’ will be staged on the opening day of the four-day Big 5 event on November 26, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Construction industry professionals are set to attend the summit to explore not only the future trends in the industry but also the various ways to achieve higher productivity at lower cost and greater sustainability in their projects through technological innovations. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, said: “Key lecturers will present case studies showing the pioneering experiences of different leading construction organizations in their digitalization efforts. Attendees can learn from these experiences and apply the same in their own projects to guarantee success in today’s digital world. They will also have a chance to take part in the panel discussions that will dominate the summit. There will be an interesting exchange of ideas and expertise, which are expected to contribute to the development of the construction industry as a whole.” “Sponsoring the upcoming event is a reaffirmation of our commitment towards bringing the academes and construction industry together in collaborative ventures. It will encourage the creation of knowledge-intensive companies as well as highlight the research works being undertaken at the Sharjah University City that will benefit businesses and organizations. We are sponsoring the Big 5’s ‘FutureTech Construction Summit’ as we share the vision of industry-university linkages and entrepreneurship which will bring in technological change and innovation in the region,” Al Mahmoudi added. SRTI Park, which aims to attract and host knowledge-intensive businesses with interests in water technology, renewable energy, environmental technology, digitization, production design, architecture, transport, and logistics, has been continuously promoting various activities to transform the emirate into a global hub for innovation, research and entrepreneurship. -ends- About Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park): The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE), was established to position itself as a premier research and innovation hub in the UAE. By bringing the academia and industry together in collaborative ventures, SRTI Park seeks to lead the creation of knowledge-intensive companies, provide a state-of-the-art location for organizations planning to build their business in Sharjah, and help make the emirate a global hub for innovation, research, and entrepreneurship. With SRTI Park’s Phase 1 set to be completed in 2019, it is expected to attract companies with interest in water technology, renewable energy, environmental technology, digitization, production design and architecture, and transport and logistics. For more information please visit http://www.ause.ae.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Read more ... Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park held recently the ‘The Future of Innovation & The Cities of the Future’ workshop, which reflects the vision of the emirate’s wise leadership in the development of smart cities and open data cities, and the advancement of scientific research and innovation in Sharjah and the UAE. Several leading figures, government officials, entrepreneurs and experts participated in the workshop which focused on the future of innovation in smart cities and the competitive advantages of the emirate, which enables it to become a global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation. ‘The Future of Innovation & The Cities of the Future’ workshop follows the successful collaboration between SRTI Park and Future Cities Catapult Services, a UK government institution dedicated to developing innovative products, services and infrastructure to meet the needs of smart communities. The partnership aims to capitalize on the strengths of both parties in further boosting investments in technology, research, innovation and knowledge through SRTI Park’s leading role in facilitating economic growth through knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park said that ‘The Future of Innovation & The Cities of the Future’ workshop is another major step towards achieving H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi’s vision of making innovation, research, science and technology a solid foundation of the nation’s economy, noting that the workshop is a step forward in strengthening international partnerships essential in building the future of Sharjah and the UAE, which has become one of today’s global leader in digital revolution, technological transformation and economic competitiveness. He added: “We look forward to continue building networks with experts and promote knowledge sharing through our international partners, including Future Cities Catapult to drive SRTI Park’s efforts in establishing Sharjah as a leading global capital for education, scientific research, innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurship.” Dr. Amy Hochadel, Head of Global Business Growth, Future Cities Catapult, said, “Over the years, Sharjah and the UK have enjoyed a strong relationship and what we would like to do is to further reinforce these ties by creating a more innovation and entrepreneurial focused economy. Both the UK and Sharjah can seamlessly share information and expertise to help grow their respective economies. We can play a big role in this effort, especially in sharing our expertise and knowledge in developing innovation-based locations. In line with this, today’s event was about bringing everyone together–working to advance the thrust and vision of Sharjah’s wise leadership in positioning the emirate as a world class innovation and entrepreneurship hub.” The strategic partnership between SRTI Park and Future Cities Catapult aims to encourage private sector participation and investments in Sharjah’s initiatives and attract leading global companies in the field of technology, research, innovation and knowledge, including those from the UK and other smart cities in the world. The partnership further promotes the SRTI Park to international companies and facilitate ways on how to take advantage of the Park’s facilities as an incubator for innovation and a hub for technology-based businesses.
In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah to establish Read more ... the emirate as a centre for knowledge, scientific research and innovation, the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park, an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE), announced the signing of an agreement with Future Cities Catapult Services, a UK government institution dedicated to developing innovative products, services and infrastructure to meet the smart needs of communities. The partnership seeks to promote fruitful cooperation between the UK and Sharjah and further build SRTI Park’s reputation as a futuristic institution, while promoting the emirate as a world class research and innovation hub. The implementation of projects covered under the MoU, which was signed by Jon Kirkpatrick, Chief Delivery Officer at Future Cities Catapult and Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of AUSE and the SRTI Park, will begin with remote desktop research and stakeholder engagement in September 2018 and will go on until February 2019. Furthermore, the partnership will explore ways to develop the SRTI Park into a world-class smart city and to position it as an indicator of the progress made by smart cities in the region. The development of the Park as a testbed for the expansion of technological innovations and the integration of latest technologies will also remain as major focus areas. In addition to encouraging private sector companies to invest in Sharjah, the latest strategic partnership with Future Cities Catapult Services will also attract international companies in the field of technology, especially from the UK and other leading global smart cities, to take advantage of the facilities and services offered by the Park, which is an incubator platform that facilitates the establishment of business communities based on innovation and technology. Al Mahmoudi said: “Our recent partnership with Future Cities Catapult reflects our continued efforts to take the Park to new heights of excellence and leadership, in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, the Ruler of Sharjah, to establish the emirate as a centre for research and technology innovation, while also making them the main pillars of its economy. We aim to launch joint projects that will position Sharjah and the UAE as pivotal players in defining the trends in digital revolution, technological advancements and economic progress.”
SRTIP CEO , Hussain Al Mahmoudi Hosts Korean Delegation headed by Hyun Chong Kim, Trade Minister at Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry Read more ... & Energy to discuss the development of an automobile technology hub in Sharjah. Attendees Included Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah DGR, Marwan Al Serkal, Chairman of Shurooq, Abdulla Al Fan Ministry of Economy Assistant Undersecretary of Industrial Sector and Professor Dr. Wei Zhao, AUS Cheif Research Officer. .
Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan bin Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Government Relations Department and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Digital Transformation Read more ... in Sharjah, highlighted the Department’s objective to reinforce its cooperation with various international institutions and authorities. It also seeks to exchange knowledge and expertise and standardise international means of communication, based on the approach and values of Sharjah, led by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, he added. He made this statement while visiting India, where he met with Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, and several senior officials. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, accompanied Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan.The visit is a response to an invitation received by the department to participate in ‘#Future’, the first Global Digital Summit of its kind in Asia, which saw the attendance of over 2,000 participants and 40 speakers.Al Qasimi delivered a speech on UAE Innovation Month while stressing that the UAE aims to promote its position as a global centre of innovation, as well as to build its capacities and create a culture of innovation.During the exhibition, Al Qasimi met with representatives of the United Nations Office of Communication and Information technology, to discuss ways of promoting their cooperation in technological innovation and establishing the U.N. Technological Innovation Lab in Sharjah.Al Qasimi briefed Vijayan and the senior Indian officials about Sharjah’s Digital Transformation Programme, which aims to transform all its services to smart services, in line with the UAE’s regional and international role in providing e-services.He also highlighted the importance of cooperating and establishing long-term partnerships with Kerala, which has a prominent intellectual, commercial, industrial and scientific stature.Al Mahmoudi stated that Sharjah supports the UAE’s knowledge sector and attracts leading minds and intellectuals to invest in their talents.The Indian side highlighted the importance of reinforcing their cooperation and exchanging knowledge with Sharjah while praising the emirate’s overall efforts and achievements.
Sheikh Sultan chaired on Thursday morning, the meeting of the Board of Directors of Sharjah’s Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) “Free Read more ... Zone Authority” and AUS Enterprise, at the Office of the Ruler at American University of Sharjah (AUS). During the meeting, His Highness welcomed the members of the Board of Directors of the SRTIP and AUS Enterprise. He has praised their vital efforts to enhance the experience of university education, support scientific research mechanisms, and develop the scientific and technological environment in the Emirate. The meeting discussed the AUS Enterprise’s latest developments and its different projects and initiatives, as well as its various partnerships with several institutions regionally and globally. His Highness was briefed on the SRTIP’s development plans and work mechanism. His Highness has also called for enhancing public-private partnerships, PPPs, to strengthen the status of the emirate of Sharjah in supporting the scientific researches and innovation. The meeting discussed the workplan and operational budget for 2018, in addition to the latest projects of Sharjah’s Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP). The meeting further discussed ways of supporting legislation and laws that support innovation, in the Emirate of Sharjah in general and in the SRTIP in particular, and contribute to the development and consolidation of the innovative environment.
Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) and Finland’s Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK) has partnered to explore the potential Read more ... of 3D printing across the Middle East region’s rapidly thriving construction sector. The strategic alliance between SRTIP, an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and Oulu University of Applied Sciences, one of the best and largest universities in Finland, aims towards further enhancing the emirate’s position in the fields of innovation and development while also consolidating SRTIP’s role as a regional centre for scientific and commercial research. The programme’s agenda began at American University of Sharjah this week, which focused on intensive discussions regarding the latest developments in the field of 3D printing and robotics in construction, in addition to research regarding the local composites of materials utilised in 3D printing, which are suitable to the region’s climate and compatible with the current line of structural printing devices. The programme is part of the cooperation agreement signed between the American University of Sharjah Enterprises and Oulu University of Applied Sciences in May 2017. “This research programme is a beginning of a long-term co-operation between UAE and Finland, including universities and businesses in both countries and in different fields of industries,” said Kimmo Paajanen, International Project Manager, Oulu University of Applied Sciences. “We are going to utilise shared resources for research and development work in Sharjah to boost a world-class system for innovation in different industries to meet local needs.” “We look forward to other areas of cooperation in the future such as developing robots for different industries, smart technologies, high-speed networks and smart applications, internet of things, data analytics and smart digitalisation.” The latest workshop, which was held last at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), is the fourth in a series of training sessions organised with the chief aim of promoting the Sharjah Construction Industry Innovation Challenge Programme – a co-operation project of the AUS, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences that looks to highlight key support in the move to develop a world-class programme on innovation for the emirate. The final event, the ‘Showtime of 3D Printing and Robotics Challenge Program’, will be held on May 1, 2018 at the AUS Main Building in Sharjah. Participants included key departments from AUS such as Civil Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering Program, Industrial Engineering and Architecture & Design. The list also includes 15 visiting students from Finland for joint projects with concentration in Architecture/Design, Mechatronics, ICT and Construction Management. The programme also covered field visits to various construction sites in the emirate. The partnership has led to a seamless knowledge exchange between SRTIP and Oulu University of Applied Sciences-opening the door for new opportunities in cooperation with companies and related sectors.
The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) visited AUS Enterprises for an introductory meeting at the American University of Sharjah today. The attendees of Read more ... the meeting included the BJI founder, Dr. Jian Wang, Mr. Hamid Jafar, Chairman of Crescent Group, Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of AUS Enterprises, Dr. Björn Kjerfve, Chancellor of AUS, Dr. Wei Zhao, Chief Research Officer At AUS and Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).