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Shaikh Mohammed visits Masdar city

Shaikh Mohammed visits Masdar city

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has visited the headquarters of Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar, where he toured the Masdar City and reviewed major clean energy projects and initiatives.

The Masdar city hosts a number of international firms and R&D centers that focus on renewable energy including Masdar Institute, the world's first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability.

During the visit, Shaikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of innovation, clean technology and 'positive energy' in promoting the sustainable development of the UAE, and said that the country, through initiatives such as Masdar, was demonstrating its capacity to lead the world in helping to secure a clean energy future.

"Masdar has played an integral role in building a robust foundation for sustainable development within the UAE and globally, along with other clean energy projects such as Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. They honor the vision and legacy of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, and the continued support and guidance of The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces," Shaikh Mohammed said.

He also reviewed the projects being executed by Masdar locally and globally, which are part of the UAE's strategy to increase the contribution of clean sustainable energy to the total energy mix to 24% by 2021. He also visited the headquarter of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and reviewed its activities and accomplishments since 2009.

Shaikh Mohammed said: "The UAE's ongoing efforts in clean technology and renewable energy further reinforce the country's position on the international stage, alongside the selection of Dubai to stage Expo 2020, the choice of Masdar City to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the successful landing of Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi, completing its pioneering flight around the world using only the power of the sun. These achievements show that the UAE stands at the forefront of global development and that the future is full of opportunity."

He added that Masdar, as the Middle East's first comprehensive initiative in clean technology and renewable energy, had successfully demonstrated the importance of integrating renewable energy in the energy mix, as well as clean energy's growing commercial viability, through the many projects it had developed in the UAE and around the world in the ten years since its inception.

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