Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Knowledge, not oil, will be the UAE's edge

ABU DHABI – The Emirates Science, Technology and Innovation Higher Policy, adopted by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in coincidence with the Innovation Week, signifies the depth and far-sighted vision of the UAE leadership for taking concrete steps towards a future in which the state does not depend on oil as a main source of revenue, according to H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Chairman of Emirates Identity Authority.
''To be fully ready for the depletion of the last drop of oil, as stated by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, places before all of us - institutions and individuals - a challenge for innovation which will drive the local economy in the years to come, preserve the nation's gains and add to them in order to serve interests of the UAE people,'' Sheikha Hazza said as he chaired the Authority's third meeting of the year.
Sheikh Hazza highlighted the Authority's participation in the Innovation Week and the projects it presents during the national initiative which seeks to solidify the UAE's prominent and leading position globally in areas of innovation, creativity and development of the Emirati citizen to be an active contributor to the progress and transformation of his country towards a knowledge-based economy.
''We hope the Authority will obtain a seven star score in the government star-rating system, and we are confident that will be achieved by efforts and minds of its staff,'' he said, emphasizing his full support any creative initiatives that develop and upgrade capacities and abilities of its staff.
During the meeting, Sheikh Hazza heard a report on the e-voting system the Authority has developed for the last Federal National Council election 2015 held last October and reviewed other topics on the agenda of the meeting.
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