UAE aluminium smelter Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) has entered into an agreement with the Emirates Scientists Council (ESC) to allow access to EGA’s nine laboratories for scientific research purposes.
The agreement is part of UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s “Open Labs” initiative, which is a campaign to open the country’s most advanced laboratories to its scientific community. The initiative is administered by the ESC, which is a partnership among seven of the country’s top research institutions, including Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre, Khalifa University, UAE University, American University of Sharjah (AUS), New York University – Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and ESC Chairperson, said that the program will give the nation’s scientists the ability to propel the UAE into the forefront of scientific research and commercial innovation.
“The ‘Open Labs’ platform reflects our dedication to implementing the vision of our wise leadership, which seeks to establish the UAE as a leading international destination for scientists. Launching the Platform under the sponsorship of the Emirates Scientists Council allows researchers and scientists to gain access to highly advanced scientific laboratories, supporting their efforts to develop solutions rooted in advanced sciences, technology and innovation.”
She continued by expressing her gratitude to EGA for offering its facilities and cooperation to the endeavor.
“Cooperation with the private sector is key, considering its central role in amplifying scientific research efforts and broadening its scope in the UAE. We look forward to the breakthroughs scientists and researchers will make at these facilities, and we are confident their findings will drive forward the UAE’s sustainable development.”
Dr. Ali Hussain Al Zarouni, head of EGA’s Midstream Operations and leader of its Technology Development and Transfer, praised the agreement and the possibilities the new collaboration promised.
“EGA’s success has been built on decades of science and research in the UAE and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support innovation in the country more broadly. We look forward to welcoming other scientists into our facilities, sharing our knowledge and learning from them.”
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.