Student research activities focused on making the UAE’s future brighter were the focus of 45th UAE National Day celebrations at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said: “The UAE celebrates its 45th National Day during a year of increased intellectual focus and achievement, as 2016 is also the UAE’s Year of Reading. This year Masdar Institute has its own additional cause for celebration following the achievement of its own major milestone of 50% enrolment of UAE nationals in our student body, highlighting our emphasis on educating the country’s talented young men and women in the advanced fields of relevance to the country’s sustainable and innovative future. I hope this year’s UAE National Day heralds even greater results.”
Several research projects of relevance to the UAE’s future development goals including energy sustainability and water security, were also showcased. Some of the projects included a model to help city managers and planners conduct simulation-aided design of Abu Dhabi’s downtown to reduce cooling demand, a combination of satellite-based monitoring and sophisticated computer modeling, web-based portals and mobile applications to detect, track and forecast fog to reduce potential air travel disruptions, automated and customized sensor technologies that reduce mosques’ overall energy consumption, a novel an Anti-Wastage Service Dish to mitigate food waste in hotels and restaurants, a smart wudu system to conserve water, and many others.
The day’s activities began with the playing of the UAE National Anthem and singing of parotic songs by representatives of the student body. Following a dance performance by school students, a quiz program on the UAE and its achievements offered participants an opportunity to win exciting prizes.
At the backdrop of a traditional tent on the campus, a harbiya band played music while an exhibition showcased tools that were once used in agriculture and fishing. Calligraphy and handicraft – two skills the UAE is renowned for – provided guests and visitors a peep into the rich culture of the country. Students from the Art Club offered on the spot drawings on canvases for those interested in sharing the creative works.
Traditional activities were also part of the day’s festivities at Masdar Institute’s campus, including Emirati music dance performances, a quiz program on the UAE and its achievements, and stalls featuring traditional arts including calligraphy, leather crafting, and copper works.
29 November 2016