Press Room

21 February 2009

UAE- RAK set to become regional hub for research on advanced materials

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has unveiled the emirate's plans to create a flagship centre for materials science research in the region.

This mega plan was announced during the inauguration of the first International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM- 09) held at Al Hamra Fort Resort in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday.

The three-day workshop, organised by the Ras Al Khaimah Centre for Advanced Materials (RAK-CAM) under the patronage of Shaikh Saud, is being attended by world's leading materials scientists and around 100 researchers from 20 countries.

Shaikh Saud said that Ras Al Khaimah will set up by 2010 one of the most sophisticated research facilities for Advanced Materials in the region under the banner of RAK-CAM, which was launched in 2007.

"The construction of a stunning 7,500 square metre building for RAK- CAM will begin in early 2009 at a site close to the Emirates Road. By early 2010, the facility will have state-of-the-art equipment," Shaikh Saud added.

A world class Scientific Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of Professor Anthony K Cheetham of the Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, has been established for RAK- CAM, he added.

Professor Samy El Shall, who was recently appointed as the Director of RAK-CAM, said that nanotechnology and nanomaterials would be in the forefront of the research.