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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 11/10/2012

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Shaikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan touring the stalls after inaugurating the Abu Dhabi Science Festival at Adnec on Wednesday. — Wam
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) began under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, here on Wednesday.

Declaring the second edition of the festival open, Chairman of the Crown Prince's Court Shaikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, seeks to raise education to the global standards so that the growing generation could strongly contribute to the national development.

The science festival is a strategic initiative by the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC). Shaikh Hamed thanked TDC and its educational partner Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) for organising the event, which will eventually contribute to the human development in the fields of science and technology.

After the official opening, Shaikh Hamed went around various stalls at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) and expressed happiness for its marvelous organisation.

For the next 11 days, visiting children and families are expected to be wowed by the wonder of science as they attend the most exciting festival of the year. Building on last year's huge success, the festival is a science-packed adventure this year, with even more thrills to enthrall the audiences.

Till October 20, the festival will run daily at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Corniche (West Plaza), in addition to bespoke locations in Al Ain, Al Gharbia, and Abu Dhabi city.

The initiative is dedicated to the engagement and inspiration of the nation's children with science-related hands-on activities as part of a wider plan geared towards building a talent base in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). By experiencing the festival's amazing, interactive and hands-on activities, organisers expect that the children's scientific curiosity is stimulated, ultimately inspiring them to pursue scientific education and invigorating careers in medicine, engineering and other STI fields.


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