Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22 in Abu Dhabi: A tour of Masdar City

Our Children’s National delegation started the second day in Abu Dhabi discussing plans for partnership and knowledge exchange activities in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Our doctors were eager to meet with their colleagues in the United Arab Emirates, and so our morning was focused on preparation for the exchanges in the days ahead.

Following our team briefing, we took a tour of Masdar Institute. The institute is the world’s first graduate-level institution dedicated to providing new solutions to the issues of sustainability. It is a model of sustainable living and working space that illustrates principles of innovation in its energy efficiency, sustainable practices, resource recycling, biodiversity, transportation, and green building standards.

On the tour (see photo, right, of doctors and our tour guide), we marveled at how committed the people of Abu Dhabi are to finding innovative solutions that will improve the world. Masdar Institute is the realization of the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, who wanted Abu Dhabi to find ways to preserve our natural environment.

Following our visit to Masdar Institute, part of our team returned to Abu Dhabi for meetings with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi. The remainder of our delegation made their way to Dubai for the start of the Arab Health Congress 2011 and the U.S.-U.A.E. Healthcare Trade Mission. The next few days will involve a flurry of activity in both cities as our schedule gets underway.

--Tania Paiva, Associate Director, Donor Relations

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