Dubai: Emirates Young Scientist Competition winners were honoured during the 7th National Science, Technology, and Innovation Festival’s closing ceremony.
Saif Hassan Ibrahim Muhammad Karam from the Secondary Model School for boys in Sharjah, secured first place, while Mira Osama Al-Kahhala from Dubai National School – Al Barsha earning the second place.
The event, graced by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of Education, also recognised and honoured the participating students and winners from various categories of the festival’s scientific competitions.
Also present during the closing ceremony were Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Asmi, Director-General of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, Counselor Essam Abdulamir Al Tamimi, Chairman of Al Tamimi & Company, and Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, along with a group of academics, educators and students participating in the NSTI Festival.
The ceremony recognised the participating students and winners from various categories of the festival’s scientific competitions.
“This year’s NSTI Festival underscored the significance of fostering entrepreneurial thinking among students, empowering them to translate innovative projects from theoretical to practical application in various scientific fields,” the minister said.
“I was delighted to see the diverse ideas generated by the young minds and their eagerness to learn from others’ experiences, leveraging expert opinions to refine their ideas using robust methodologies. I am confident that this passionate generation will uphold the country’s path of success, enhancing its competitiveness and global leadership for years and decades to come.”
Dr. Al Falasi praised the students’ keenness to utilise the festival’s competitions to hone their skills and exchange experiences with peers from various schools in the country.
He also highlighted that the innovative ideas presented over the five days reaffirmed the government’s wise vision to empower youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, Minister of Climate Change and Environment said: “The National Science, Technology and Innovation Festival reflects the UAE’s commitment to highlighting the talents of students and unleash their innovative ideas to create a generation capable of accelerating the journey of sustainable development.
“As the UAE moves towards a sustainable future and serves as a global model for environmental and climate sustainability in all sectors in the country, we must strengthen the concept of sustainability and utilise the capabilities of students, researchers and innovators to find practical solutions to the challenges we face in the UAE and share them with the world.”
She also congratulated the festival winners and emphasised working jointly with the Ministry of Education and all relevant authorities in the UAE to achieve common goals as one team.
“We look forward to further cooperation in transforming sustainability into a societal culture through which we can achieve a more prosperous future for us and future generations,” Dr Al Dahak said.
The 7th NSTI Festival witnessed strong community participation and featured various competitions where students presented promising innovative projects.
For instance, the sixth “Emirates Young Scientist Competition” showcased 3,966 innovative projects from Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 students in 424 schools across the UAE.
The 7th NSTI Festival also hosted the ‘KIDSPRENEUR’ competition, targeting Kindergarten and Cycle 1 students, as well as “The Next Founder Competition” that targeted undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The festival also included a specialised conference featuring local and global speakers renowned in the fields of science, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Moreover, the Family Festival offered various entertainment and educational activities to enhance the overall experience.