Masdar City Celebrates UAE Innovation Month

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Published February 4th, 2018 - 08:02 GMT
Masdar Park will host a two-day programme of workshops, games and displays on Friday, 2 February 2018, from 12pm-10pm.
Masdar Park will host a two-day programme of workshops, games and displays on Friday, 2 February 2018, from 12pm-10pm.

Masdar City is kicking off Abu Dhabi’s Innovation Week, part of UAE Innovation Month, with an exciting programme of clean technology displays and engaging community activities, all hosted at Masdar Park this weekend.

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Innovation Month takes place each February. This year, Abu Dhabi will be the first emirate to host one week of innovation-themed activities from February 1-7.

Masdar is highlighting the role it plays in advancing innovation with youth activities aimed at promoting creativity and raising awareness of the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed in 2014.

Yousef Baselaib said: “Masdar continues to play an integral role in strengthening the UAE’s position as a global hub for renewable and clean energy technologies. Events such as UAE Innovation Month allow us to showcase our latest advancements, while engaging with the local community to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable thinking.” 

Masdar Park will host a two-day programme of workshops, games and displays on Friday, 2 February 2018, from 12pm-10pm.

Youngsters will be able to join in a “slime” workshop and build their own robots. Giant Jenga!, social media vending machines and an interactive photo booth will add to the fun over the weekend, and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the innovations on show.

Visitors will be able to learn about a range of sustainable innovations including a machine that can reduce the amount of plastic in the environment by converting end-of-life plastic into transport-grade fuel.

Visitors will be able to witness first-hand the process of making drinking water with a device called the SOURCE by Zero Mass Water. Powered by solar energy, it produces potable water by extracting water vapor from the air using fans and especially absorbent materials.

UAE-based agri-tech startup Madar Farms will also be showcasing its Leafy Green Machine™ container. The small-scale hydroponic farm grows up to 30 variants of herbs and lettuce for sale all year round.

In hydroponic farming, plants obtain nutrients directly from water, a method producing lower carbon emissions and using up to 98 per cent less land than standard agricultural techniques; it is also pesticide- and insecticide-free, non-GMO and uses up to 80 per cent less water than regular farming.

Masdar Park is a unique and sustainable outdoor dining destination. The Park is home to eight international and local food and beverage outlets – which are housed inside recycled shipping containers powered by solar panels – as well as a children’s playground, sports facilities and design installations themed on sustainability. 

Background Information

Masdar

Masdar is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development. Over the last decade, we have pioneered commercially viable solutions in clean energy, sustainable real estate and clean technology in the UAE and around the world.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, we develop renewable energy projects, realise low-carbon urban development, while advancing clean-tech innovation. We also deliver world-class knowledge and industry platforms.

At Masdar, we are supporting the UAE’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy. We aim to be a model for the commercial adoption of clean technologies, and a showcase of the UAE’s wider commitment to sustainability. 

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