HH Sheikha Moza attends QSTP’s 10th anniversary celebration

HH Sheikha Moza attends QSTP’s 10th anniversary celebration

By QLNews

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, joined the 10-year celebration of Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) yesterday.

Held under the title, "Catalyzing the Future," the event highlighted Qatar Foundation’s (QF) accomplishments in the field of research, development, and innovation (RDI) and stressed on how a nationwide commitment to advancing innovation will create a “legacy” for Qatar.

The celebration also served as an opportunity to look at the road ahead for RDI in Qatar.

Since QF established QSTP 10 years ago, the institute has become a hub of technology innovation and development in the country and across the region.

The event also underlined how QSTP realizes the nation’s economic and social development and propels its self-sufficiency and sustainability goals forward. 

HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, and Chairperson of the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council, alongside ministers and dignitaries, and representatives from Qatar’s research, development, and innovation (RDI) ecosystem attended the event. 

The event kicked off with a speech by HE Dr Al Attiyah, who chairs the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council. This is a national body charged with creating a nationwide strategy for research, development, and innovation, QRDI 2030, and the operating model for its successful execution.

Photo Credit: Twitter/ Qatar Foundation 

With its creation being mandated by Qatar’s second National Development Strategy, QRDI 2030 will contribute to the transformation of the nation’s social and economic future.

HE Al Attiyah said that Qatar’s goal is to rank among the world’s most advanced innovation economies.

Regarding the significance of the National Strategy for Research, Development and Innovation 2030, he said, “With this strategy, we are honored to provide our country with a new national legacy towards 2030; a legacy that befits its ambition, protects its national interests and reinforces its position and global leadership. A new legacy for an ambitious homeland, under the banner of our Amir, focused on research, development, and innovation.

“We will work tirelessly to realize Qatar’s vision of becoming a knowledge-based economy.”

Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation at QF, Dr Richard O’Kennedy, said "QF, together with other RDI organizations in Qatar, has nurtured a vibrant, globally-recognized research culture – bringing together local, regional, and international researchers and innovators, and producing outcomes that place Qatar on the world map as a leader of discovery."

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council, HE Akbar Al Baker also spoke at the event and announced the launch of a “revolutionary” new engine-cleaning system. 

The system is developed in partnership with GE, one of QSTP’s international partner companies.

Qatar Airways will be the first airline in the world to use the GE360 Foam Wash for cleaning its engines. This is expected to enhance improve engine performance and fuel efficiency, reduce maintenance demands, and use 40 percent less water.

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