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Masdar Institute PhD Student honoured with Medal of Top Emiratis

Masdar Institute PhD student, Ahmed Al Harethi, has become one of the proud recipients of the Medal of Top Emiratis. Ahmed Al Harethi is the first Emirati to devise a mechanism to generate biofuels from genetically-modified algae

Source: Masdar Institute

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, presented the award to Al Harethi and 42 other top Emirati achievers in the fields of education, research, health, economy, military, and sports, as part of the 43rd UAE National Day celebrations.

The Masdar Institute student was nominated for the distinguished innovators, inventors and achievers award by Masdar Institute and the Abu Dhabi Government Technology Development Committee Takamul Program for his academic and research achievements.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, congratulated Al Harethi and all the faculty members who guided him in his research work. He said: “This UAE National Day honour for Masdar Institute’s Ahmed Al Harethi is a testimony to the research and innovation calibre of our students and faculty members, as well as the continuing support Masdar Institute receives from the UAE leadership in its efforts to develop the UAE’s human and intellectual capital.”

Over 137,000 applications were submitted for the Medal of Top Emirati prizes, out of which 43 were selected in honour of the 43rd UAE National Day. Al Harethi and the other recipients will have their names archived with their achievements in the UAE Government Year Book.

Al Harethi was honoured for his ongoing doctorate research at Masdar Institute on industrial-scale biofuel production using genetically-modified algae. “I believe that algae hold a great potential for the UAE,” he said. “It is the only biomass that we can mass produce in the UAE without fresh water or arable lands. It has applications that have direct relevance to the challenges of water, food, and energy security.

“I hope that this award will attract more students and researchers to our field and lab.”

Al Harethi is one of 491 students currently pursuing studies at Masdar Institute,  nearly half of them UAE nationals.

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