Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE minister of Climate Change and Environment appointed chair of the university’s Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC)
Heriot-Watt University has selected His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE minister of Climate Change and Environment, as the chair of the board for the University’s ‘visionary’ research hub, the Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC).
The appointment cements the strong links already in place between Heriot-Watt University Dubai and the UAE government with the institution adding in a statement that it “shows continued commitment to encouraging academia, industry and government to collaborate in order to drive forward initiatives for a smarter, safer and more sustainable construction industry in the country. Through partnerships and producing world-class research, CESC will continue to support and assist the UAE Vision 2021, which is targeting a sustainable environment and infrastructure by 2021.”
His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi said he was proud to accept the appointment at CESC.
“The mission of the Centre aligns with the global pledge to build back better in the post-COVID-19 world, and its pioneering research helps address the most pressing challenges in the construction sector,” he said. “I look forward to contributing my combined experience in the infrastructure development and environmental sectors to CESC’s efforts to implement the sustainable development plans of our wise leadership.”
Professor Ammar Kaka, provost and vice principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai, added: “We are delighted and honoured that His Excellency Dr Al Nuaimi has agreed to be Chair of the CESC Board.
“I strongly believe that for the construction industry to move forward towards becoming safer and more sustainable, collaboration, a clear vision and partnerships are necessary post-COVID-19 and beyond. His Excellency’s support and advice is extremely appreciated by Heriot-Watt University and CESC.”