Mohammed bin Rashid attends opening session of first ‘Knowledge Conference’ – expanded

DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today attended the opening session of the first Knowledge Conference, which is being held under his patronage, and organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) at Grand Hyatt Dubai from December 7-9.

Also in attendance were H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

In his statement, Jamal bin Huwaireb Al Muhairi, Managing Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation (MBRF), urged those attending the conference, the first of its kind in the Arab world, to work to connect and empower youth and provide them the opportunity to be innovative and inventive in the knowledge field.

Al Muhairi affirmed that knowledge is the cornerstone of development and progress for nations, describing it as the “Revolution of the Times”, adding that the conference establishes a culture of knowledge among the youth, in general, and particularly Emirati youth, through university and general education, as well as focusing on research and studies to enhance and spread knowledge among the youth and various segments of society.

He also underscored the importance of translating information into Arabic, as part of the process of transferring and spreading knowledge in the Arab world, which would contribute to development in various economic, educational and social fields.

Sima Sami Bahous, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, conveyed a message of thanks from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his interest in spreading knowledge, not only in the UAE, but also in the Arab and Islamic nations, through encouraging people to read, search and be innovative.

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, and Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, lauded the progress in scientific and knowledge fields in the country.

At the end of the event, Sheikh Ahmed honoured Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales for their enormous efforts in the field of invention and spreading of knowledge through social networks.

Earlier, Al Muhairi announced the names of winners of the $1 million Mohammed bin Rashid Knowledge Award, which was presented to Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales in recognition of their efforts and contributions in the field of spreading knowledge throughout the world.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the honourees, urging them to accomplish more technical and knowledge-based achievements for the benefit of mankind.

The Vice President also welcomed the participants to the UAE and Dubai, stressing the importance of such international gatherings for those who contribute to the information and knowledge sectors.

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Mohammed Ibrahim AI Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai; Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai; Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai; a number of heads of government departments, educational figures and more than 1000 experts and scientists also attended the conference.

SOURCE: WAM