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Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation announces strategic tie-up to enhance global reach of UAE Drones for Good Award

November 17, 2015

Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), paving the way for the second year of their strategic partnership on the UAE Drones for Good Award. The tie-up with the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology comes as part of the Foundation’s efforts to promote the UAE’s leading position in the field of advanced technologies at the regional and international levels.

The MoU was signed by Saif Al Aleeli, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and Coordinator General of the UAE Drones for Good Award; and Dr. Nazih Khaddaj Mallat, Chair of IEEE Region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Chapters Coordination Committee.

The Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation has been working towards expanding the scope of the UAE Drones for Good Award, the most prominent award of its kind in the world, through cooperation efforts with government entities, private sector, international organisations and academic institutions. It has also enabled opportunities for direct communication between owners of innovative projects and businessmen, companies, organisations and business incubators interested in employing drones technology in civilian applications.

Based on the MoU, the IEEE will promote the second edition of the UAE Drones for Good Award during its various activities and events with the aim of raising awareness about the award at the local and international level. The IEEE will also encourage participation in the award, providing an opportunity for innovators to develop their projects with the support of IEEE’s extensive network of more than 430,000 members from more than 160 countries around the world.

Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Saif Al Aleeli said: “This partnership is a new step in Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation’s strategy to enhance the status of the UAE Drones for Good Award as an annual platform to highlight the most prominent innovations in the field of drones technologies to serve humanity. It will help achieve the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the culture of innovation and strengthen the UAE’s position as a regional and global hub of innovation and new technologies.”

Al Aleeli added, “Our partnership with IEEE for the second year aims to take advantage of the available opportunities provided by the award and the extensive expertise of IEEE to enhance the global reach of the award among experts, researchers and specialists.”


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On this occasion, Dr. Roberto de Marca, IEEE President, said: “IEEE is pleased to work with the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation on the outstanding UAE Drones for Good Award, and to be a strategic partner in the inaugural UAE AI & Robotics for Good Award.”

He added: “Extraordinary work is being undertaken for the benefit of humanity in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and drones – both within the UAE and around the world. There were several exceptional projects in last year’s UAE Drones for Good Award. I look forward to seeing more of them this year, across both national and international competitions.”

The IEEE’s objectives are to achieve educational and technical advancement in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.

The UAE Drones for Good Award’s national and international competitions aim to use modern technologies to facilitate people’s lives and provide them advanced services in all areas within the UAE and elsewhere. The award also aims to motivate the participants from all over the world to invest in modern technology and provide the opportunity for them to showcase their innovative abilities in developing applications that can help improve daily lives. For more information about the UAE Drones for Good Award, please visit: