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The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation organizes various knowledge events at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) organized a wide range of events during its participation in the 31st edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The events took place in the presence of various renowned Emirati and Arab writers with extensive knowledge and talents. The Foundation’s participation was in line with its mission to promote knowledge mobility and develop human capital.

On the first day, the Foundation pavilion witnessed an interactive session as part of the 2022 “KnowTalks” series, titled “The Importance of Research in the Development of Societies”. The session was conducted in collaboration with its Global Knowledge partner, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in the presence of Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, academic researcher and expert in economics. The session was moderated by Dr. Hayel Obeidat, Senior Consultant, G42-HYT.

Al Shamsi stressed the importance of scientific research in economic, social and institutional development. She pointed out that developed countries rely on scientific research to measure policies and productivity in all aspects of life, as it plays an important and supportive role in economic and social progress. She further mentioned how applied research is a key tool in providing solutions to security, social and economic issues.

Al Shamsi explained that the components of scientific research mainly depend on the perception by decision-makers of the importance of this sector. She mentioned that public expenditure on scientific research must exceed 2% of GDP, according to UNESCO, so that the state can achieve advanced economic growth and provide qualified human resources capable of developing and analyzing data. , as well as Infrastructure.

Al Shamsi said production rates in developed countries are booming thanks to scientific research, with China and the United States accounting for the largest percentage of published scientific research in the world. She noted that only 10% of the world’s countries account for 80% of global scientific research, spending $1 trillion and $700 billion in 2019.

Al Shamsi highlighted the scientific research sector in the Arab region, pointing out that Arab countries are far from up to the global competition due to many challenges. The most important being the significant lack of culture of scientific research, the lack of funding, the lack of policies and systems for monitoring research and development, and the low number of researchers. She also noted that the percentage of researchers in the Arab region is 450 per million inhabitants compared to 5,000 researchers per million inhabitants in European and developed countries.

Al Shamsi hailed the UAE’s keen interest in scientific research over the past few years, acknowledging its importance as a key component of the knowledge economy. The United Arab Emirates was able to improve its ranking in the knowledge index to No. 11 in 2021, due to the double increase in spending on scientific research and other sectors focused on creativity and innovation. She also applauded the interest of wise leadership in supporting academic institutions and government and private research centers, citing how it has increased scientific research from 15,000 in the period 1996 to 2010 to more than 57,000 in the recent years with a growth rate of 14 percent.

She added, “The number of Emirati researchers has increased from 18,343 in 2015 to 22,911 in 2018. This number is expected to increase, especially under government policies and strategies that promote scientific research. This has led to a remarkable development in the quality of scientific research in the UAE, which is evident in the various research published in leading scientific journals around the world.

In light of the “Knowledge Lounge” initiative, one of the Foundation’s initiatives aimed at inspiring the culture of reading and integrating it into the daily life of all the emirates of the country and the Arab States, a table round entitled “In the world of knowledge, price of the book and the universality of the Arab book”, took place with the participation of Dr. Shukri Al Mabkhout, Tunisian university professor and writer, winner of the international prize for Arab fiction in 2015 and the King Faisal Prize in 2018; Tariq Imam, Egyptian novelist shortlisted for the 2022 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and winner of several literary prizes; and Bushra Khalfan, Omani writer and novelist also shortlisted for the International Prize for Fiction Arabic 2022. The session was moderated by Dr. Jamal Maqableh, university professor and literary critic.

The second day of the exhibition will see the organization of an interactive seminar on ‘cyberbullying’ and a panel discussion on the ‘Ajin Al Hanin’ comic collection as part of the Dubai International Program for Writing, one of the Foundation’s initiatives aimed at encouraging and empowering young talents who possess the talent of writing. The agenda of the second day also includes an interactive session within the framework of the “Knowledge Lounge” initiative, entitled “Discoveries of Arab travelers in Western countries”, where the great Syrian poet Nouri al Jarrah will be welcomed and interviewed. by journalist and poet Hussain Darwish.