Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the UAE, praised the significant efforts of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park to ensure a better future for present and future generations, and the important role it plays in promoting innovation, scientific research as well as deploying research and technology towards finding solutions in natural resources in all fields of innovation and creating a sustainable ecosystem.
The Minister also praised the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in transferring and localising knowledge to enable Emiratis to engage in research, innovation and invest in technology which supports the position of the UAE as a global research and technology transfer hub.
This came during a visit to the headquarters of the park in Sharjah, where he was received by the delegation and Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Park, where they discussed ways of cooperation and coordination and a number of topics related to the latest technologies supporting the environmental sector in general and agriculture in particular.
The visit included a tour of a number of facilities launched by the Park and strategic partnership with leading international establishments specializing in sustainability. The research site of Merlin Global is one of the most important projects existing at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park. The research happening at the park identifies and develops innovative ways for a sustainable future by focusing on key issues - food, water and habitat - offering many technical solutions to utilize natural resources, such as innovative agriculture (hydroponics and aquaponics) in addition to water desalination using solar power.
During his visit, Al Zeyoudi toured the construction site of the first 3D printed villa designed and inspired by Emirati heritage and architecture. He was also briefed about how this project was established through the triple helix collaboration of the public, private and academia sectors.
The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park attracts a number of world-leading companies and research centers operating in various fields of research. The Minister also visited the Green Houses which are being developed by Merlin Global and implemented at SRTI Park and are one of the parks most important innovations.
These homes are ideal living spaces with environmental friendly features for they are powered by solar power which is a source of clean energy, they are lightweight and can be fast-assembled as they are built with high-quality fiber-reinforced polymers. These homes can last longer than most houses and are durable in the toughest climates.
“The use of new technologies in the development of all fields of life and the encouragement of innovation is one of the strategic priorities of our country. The UAE mandate encourages society to implement the concept of innovation on all fronts to ensure a better future for present and next generations.”
He added: “The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is one of the most important platforms that support the research and innovation trend through what it offers to attract and transfer knowledge from the latest international expertise and spreads awareness and knowledge locally. The Park plays a significant role in contributing to the enhancement of the country's competitiveness globally and highlighting its position as a global platform in the fields of research and technology. ”
On his part Al Mahmoudi expressed his happiness and thanks to His Excellency the Minister for his visit to SRTI Park.
He added that the Park adopts the strategy of relying on scientific research and innovation to achieve sustainability in natural resources. In addition to attracting global technologies the Park is also a regional hub for global scientific research centers which are a main component of every science park’s ecosystem. The existence of these research centers strengthens the Park’s position and creates further value to investors and global companies who have established their innovative businesses and pilot projects at the park.