Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, SRTI Park, today launched the Sharjah Innovation Economy Report at a special ceremony.
The event, hosted under the patronage of His Royal Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, took place at the Al Jawaher Convention and Reception Center. A host of dignitaries and officials from the private and public sectors, as well as scientists, specialists, smart industry leaders and leading global companies in future technologies attended the event.
Based on a series of events and joint efforts between Sharjah stakeholders and the UK government represented by Future Cities Catapult, the report highlights the next steps for SRTI Park to support the journey of the emirate of Sharjah towards establishing a knowledge-based economy and becoming a research center and development pole and innovation pole of the region.
The ceremony began with a welcoming speech from Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, where he said: “We are delighted to welcome you today to witness a new era towards a rapidly changing world. We are on the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and it has its advantages and demands. We must be ready for this change and make Sharjah a place of innovation and a center for world-class research and testing. “
“This report sets the park on the path to future cities as part of its continued efforts to strengthen cooperation with and knowledge transfer with international partners to strengthen Sharjah’s status as the world capital of scientific research. , technology, innovation and knowledge. he continued, adding that through the report, SRTI Park joins the global system of standards for innovative cities.
He spoke about HH’s vision to make Sharjah the capital of education, scientific research and innovation in accordance with the strategy of the American University of Sharjah.
The participants were informed about the mission of the SRTI park and the ongoing projects taking place in the park. Some of these projects include building a hydroponic agriculture laboratory using solar-powered evaporated seawater directly from the coast of Sharjah, prefabricated housing constructed from recycled plastic, and the construction of a Elevated train pilot track and building construction with 3D printing techniques.
The event was attended by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Government Relations Department, and Andrew Jackson, British Consul General in Dubai. They participated in a round table with Al Mahmoudi.
Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi highlighted Sharjah’s potential to become a global leader in innovation, research and entrepreneurship, and shared the emirate’s vision to improve its position to become one of the cities the smartest in the world.
He noted the strong strategic relations between Sharjah and the UK and how they can develop economic and investment relations in innovation and the knowledge economy.
The British consul explained how to strengthen cooperation around innovation and smart cities between the British government and Sharjah. Also, promote the Emirate as a regional capital for innovation, research and development in the Middle East and strengthen its position in this area and how UK companies can contribute by investing and setting up businesses in Sharjah .