Masdar Institute of Science and Technology today announced that its PhD student, Ahmed Al Harethi, became one of the proud recipients of the Medal of Top Emiratis on the occasion of UAE National Day.
His Highness 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. Over 137,000 applications were submitted for the Medal of Top Emirati prizes, out of which 43 were selected in honor 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 on desert algae at Masdar Institute.
Al Harethi said: “I believe that algae hold a great potential for the UAE. 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.”
He added: “I would like to thank the UAE leadership, Masdar Institute and its senior management, who enabled me to transition from a regular engineer into a researcher. I am especially grateful for the important role played by my advisor Dr. Hector Hernandez. He welcomed me to his laboratory as a student and as a friend, gave me the confidence to think and act as a scientist, inspired me to think outside the box, worked hard to provide us with new opportunities, and supported every decision that I have made.”