Abu Dhabi: The Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s preeminent award for innovation in renewable energy and sustainability, has selected a mascot to represent the new Global High Schools Prize category.
Earlier, Zayed Future Energy Prize launched a nationwide competition for school students across the UAE to create a mascot, reflecting the concept of the Prize and the components of renewable energy and sustainability.
The creation of Omar Al Nafea, a 14-year old student from the Al Dhafra Private School, Al Ain, was selected at the Abu Dhabi Science Fair.
Omar’s creative interpretation will be translated into a costumed mascot that will make its debut early next year. A digitised form of the mascot will be featured on the Zayed Future Energy Prize website.
The Global High Schools prize mascot will represent the category in all local and international engagements of the Prize, across print and online media.
Omar and two members of his family will attend the 2013 edition of the awards ceremony on 15 January, during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the UAE, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who laid the foundation for renewable energy and sustainability as part of his legacy in sustainable development in the UAE. An annual award, the prize is managed by Masdar on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government and seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy, as well as to educate and inspire future generations.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize awards five different categories: large corporation, non -governmental organisation, small and medium enterprise, lifetime achievement award for an individual, and the newly launched global high schools prize.