No fee for ‘peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion’

The Gulf Today - - Front Page - BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA

DUBAI: Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will ex­empt com­pan­ions of “Peo­ple of De­ter­mi­na­tion” from en­try fee for the pub­lic parks in Dubai.

The move is part of the keen­ness of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to meet the gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tives to sup­port peo­ple of De­ter­mi­na­tion and to pro­vide them with the ne­ces­si­ties of a dig­ni­fied life.

It is also part of the ini­tia­tive, “My Com­mu­nity Is a Place for All,” launched by Sheikh Ham­dan Bin Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Crown Prince of Dubai and

DUBAI: The Grand Hy­att Ho­tel in Dubai was Nov. 14 lit by 100 tech­no­log­i­cal projects pre­sented by 42 schools across the coun­try which saw 18 of them win­ning prizes of Dubai Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter (DEWA) Ro­bot­ics Cham­pi­onship 2017 worth Dhs 135,000.

A to­tal of 900 stu­dents, all from the UAE’S el­e­men­tary, sec­ondary, high school, and univer­sity teams as well as stu­dents of de­ter­mi­na­tion, took part in the com­pe­ti­tion. The cer­e­mony was presided over by the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ofi­cer of Dewa, Saeed Mo­hammed Al Tayer.

They were hon­oured in the ive cat­e­gories of the com­pe­ti­tion: Sus­tain­abil­ity, Tech­nol­ogy & Artiicial In­tel­li­gence, Smart Ser­vices, Power & Wa­ter Sav­ing, and Stake­holder Hap­pi­ness.

Dewa Ro­bot­ics Cham­pi­onship is an ini­tia­tive by Dewa to cre­ate a cul­ture of in­no­va­tion among young gen­er­a­tion and fu­ture in­no­va­tors to show­case pos­si­ble in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions with the key fo­cus on in­no­va­tion in re­new­able and clean en­ergy, wa­ter, tech­nol­ogy and fu­ture.

In his keynote speech, Al Tayer com­mended the projects pre­sented by the stu­dents not­ing the com­pe­ti­tion is pre­par­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of ex­perts and lead­ers who will im­ple­ment the am­bi­tious na­tional strate­gies and plans to achieve the ob­jec­tives of the UAE Cen­ten­nial 2071 launched by the Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum.

“Our wise lead­er­ship at­taches great im­por­tance to in­no­va­tion. The Na­tional In­no­va­tion Strat­egy aims to make the UAE one of the most in­no­va­tive coun­tries in the world.”

He cited the Global Com­mu­nity In­no­va­tion Sur­vey which was re­cently con­ducted by the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy stat­ing that “the UAE is one of the top 10 high­est-rank­ing coun­tries in the world for in­no­va­tion.

“The sur­vey also re­vealed that the ma­jor­ity of in­no­va­tors from the UAE are will­ing to share their in­no­va­tions with oth­ers to help them im­prove their qual­ity of life. At Dewa, we be­lieve that Emi­rati youth have the po­ten­tial to trans­form Dubai into the smartest and hap­pi­est city in the world.”

In at­ten­dance were the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of Dubai, Ab­dulla Mo­hammed Al Basti, the Un­der-sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion for Aca­demic Af­fairs, Mar­wan Ah­mad Al Sawaleh, and the As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Care and Ac­tiv­i­ties at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Amna Al Da­hak Al Shamsi.

Al Tayer noted that Dewa or­gan­ises var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions that en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion both lo­cally and glob­ally. These in­clude the So­lar De­cathlon Mid­dle East, which Dubai will host for the irst time in the Mid­dle East and Africa in 2018 and again in 2020, with prizes worth Dh20m, and the Shams Dubai So­lar Rollers, among oth­ers.

WIN­NERS

In the Pri­mary School cat­e­gory, the Cooler Bot project from GEMS Our Own In­dian School, won irst place, while Ay­oon Smart Jacket project from Falaj Al Mualla School came se­cond, and Re­cy­cled Dust Car­rier project from Hessa Bint Al-mor School, came third.

In the Sec­ondary School cat­e­gory, the Smart House Sys­tem project from GEMS World Acad­emy Dubai came irst, the Revo­luta project from GEMS Mil­len­nium School came se­cond, and the Smoke Ex­tin­guisher Robot project from Al-khansaa school came third.

In the High School cat­e­gory, the Ro­botic Hand project from Al Khaleej Na­tional School came irst, the Smart City project from Dibba Al Fu­jairah Sec­ondary School came se­cond, and the Med­i­cal Dis­penser Robot project from Ras Al-khaimah sec­ondary school came third.

Win­ning projects by Stu­dents of De­ter­mi­na­tion from Al Noor Train­ing Cen­tre in­cluded the Floor Clean­ing Robot, Su­per Draw­ing Robot, Egg Holder Robot Car, Auto Tray, Hi Hap­pi­ness Robot, and Car Robot.

In the Uni­ver­si­ties cat­e­gory, the Talk­ing Cap project from Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity Dubai came irst, the Smart House project from Univer­sity of Shar­jah came se­cond, and the Char­ity Robot project from Al Ghu­rair Univer­sity came third.

Ka­mal Kas­sim / The Gulf To­day

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