Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed's Support for Science and Knowledge

  • 8 December 2013

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, recently opened the new National Defense College (NDC) building. During the event, he penned down in the log book of the NDC, his faith in science and education and its significant role in boosting national development and prosperity. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said “It’s our great pleasure to open today this  institute, which coincides with our celebration of the 42nd National Day … We believe in the work of our educational and academic institutions, and in their vital role in promoting thought and in keeping pace with rapid changes to address challenges and to explore future approaches to serve the UAE community and national security, which are top priorities for our wise leadership,” His Highness noted.

His Highneess obderved taking interest in science and knowledge has been a main feature of the UAE’s national endeavors, which was propounded by the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May God bless his soul) whose words still inspire him: “The education of our people is a treasure we all cherish. Knowledge is a treasure as we thrive to build the future on a scientific basis”. The UAE’s wise leadership, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God bless him), Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, along with Their Highnesses the Crown Princes, cherish science as a key constituent for building the future. These features are not limited to the wise leadership’s vision. They reflect a culture embraced by the Government and the UAE community. The Federal Government has allocated 20 percent of annual budget to education. The same policy is pursued by other governments across the Emirates, wherein a considerable portion is dedicated to plans to upgrade education, sponsor scientific research institutions/organizations and spread of science and knowledge. The same applies to various UAE organizations where plans are set to train and raise the skills of staff in order to embrace science and knowledge and cope with the latest developments in life style, work and production in the advanced nations.

These efforts are harmonized and lead to a particular end, the establishment of “knowledge-based society”. Indices on the UAE by international organizations indicate significantly high use of information technology and communications in the country by individuals as well as public and private organizations. They also demonstrate a steady increase in share of the industrial sector in the UAE’s Gross Domestic Product  and trade with the outside world. These indicators confirm that the UAE has come a long way in achieving its national aspirations.