ABU DHABI, 31st January, 2018 (WAM) — As part of the celebrations for the UAE Innovation Month, which takes place throughout February, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT, has organised a series of unique events and initiatives that aim to showcase the state of cutting-edge thinking in the UAE.
The month of February will see each of the seven emirates allocated a set number of days to present their own innovation focused initiatives, with Abu Dhabi starting the celebrations from 1st to 7th. The aim is to contribute to strengthening the country’s position as a global hub for leading-edge thinking, enhance the development of new ideas and capabilities, and create a widespread culture of innovation in the country.
“Promoting and encouraging innovation in this nation aligns perfectly with the mandate of DCT Abu Dhabi as it strives to position itself as a world-class destination and seeks to use the latest cutting-edge technologies and techniques to do so,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the DCT.
“Having the opportunity to launch initiatives as part of the UAE Innovation Month this year especially takes on even more significance, as it coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed,’ which means to celebrate the achievements and ethos of the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a leader whose values included a keen interest in progression and environmentalism. These two areas make up a significant proportion of the initiatives the department is launching for this year’s event,” he added.
Abu Dhabi’s initiatives include a “Smart Truck,” which will be stationed at Saadiyat Island’s cultural centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat, from 1st to 7th February. The truck will present new ideas in the area of environmental sustainability and will have sections dedicated to smart building, transportation, sustainability, renewable energy and reusing water.
Other initiatives include Robotics Workshops, which will be held at Zayed Library in Al Ain for the entire first week of the month and a “Collaborative Animated DreamScape” event at Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Art Studio on 3rd February. An “Innovation Workshop” covering the tourism and culture sector and an “Organisational Agility Workshop to Enhance Innovation,” led by Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Smartworld, will be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Theatre on 6th and 7th February, respectively.
Beyond Abu Dhabi’s allocated week for the festival, the emirate will also launch a Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibition at a ‘Roadside Gallery’. The gallery will be a first for the region and will transform Sheikh Zayed Road into a temporary museum. Ten large boards displaying masterpieces from the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection will be displayed on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway and drivers and passengers listening to Abu Dhabi Media radio stations will automatically hear a 30-second story about each artwork as they approach. This will run for one month from mid-February.