Two talented Emiratis to address Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum

ABU DHABI – When it comes to displaying innovative and creative skills, Emiratis have that in abundance.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Wed 30 Dec 2009, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:28 AM

Omran Al Hallami has come up with ‘Aqua Villa’, an eco-friendly villa that floats on water and uses solar energy. And Ali Al Saloom utilised his immense knowledge to tell non-Emiratis living or visiting the UAE about the Emirati culture, traditions and faith.

Both of them are considered innovators in their respective businesses and, therefore, have been invited to speak on behalf of the UAE at the first Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum on January 11-12, next year.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) and Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and under the patronage of Shaikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, the forum is intended for local businesses and associations, academic and government heads from all sectors responsible for building a culture of innovation.

The first session of the forum will focus on the objectives of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Vision and the mission of Khalifa Fund.

“This forum hopes to seek the best practices from our worldwide leading innovators, which will allow the country to be regarded as one of the world’s best five governments,” said ADU Chairman Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri.

Whether it is services or products, he believes that innovation is becoming increasingly essential in organisations and business.

“This will also serve as a perfect platform for us to hear first-hand and relate how Emiratis like Al Hallami and Al Saloom use innovation to create and serve their clients,” explained Al Dhaheri.

A passionate inventor, who has several patented innovations inside the UAE and internationally, Al Hallami took over the family business back in 1986. Ever since he has been using innovations in all his electronic, mechanical and nautical projects, including the latest ‘Aqua Villa’.

Ali Al Saloom, on the other hand, did not invent a product, but set up a genuine service of cultural awareness. He holds public and private lectures, workshops and field trips for tourists or expatriates living and working in the UAE, telling them all about the Emirati lifestyle.

“There are people who lived in the UAE for 20 years and yet they don’t have one Emirati friend,” claimed Al Saloom in one of his past lectures.

He believes that by helping these residents and visitors interact with the Emirati culture and people, they will enjoy and “promote” the country much better.

Apart from the UAE key speakers, the forum will also bring regional and international speakers to Abu Dhabi to discuss the latest trends and best-case examples on innovation.

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