Dubai: Sheikh Mohammad announces new Arab House of Wisdom

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One thousand years after the destruction of the famous Arab House of Wisdom, a modern Knowledge Complex will be set up to offer young Arabs wider access to education. Opening the Dubai Knowledge Conference at Mina Al Salam Hotel here yesterday, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the proposed complex will also help reduce unemployment and illiteracy in the region. The modern Arab ‘House of Wisdom’ will be at the heart of the $10 billion education initiative namely Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which will work towards redeveloping the knowledge roadmap of the Middle East, Dubai ruler said. The opening session was also addressed among others by the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

…In this context, Sheikh Mohammad unveiled 15 new programs, part of the Foundation’s effort to face these challenges. They include, in addition to the Knowledge Complex, providing scholarships for young Arab professionals to study for masters’ degree, an online program for women who have family or practical obligations that do not allow them to continue their higher education, and a loan program to help refugees in disaster areas to start small businesses. “We were the first who knew schools, houses of learning, laboratories, hospitals and endowments. We are proud of our past and its scientific achievements. But this pride does not reduce the heavy weight of the bitter present situation in education, universities, laboratories, scientific and intellectual output, whether original or translated, and the endowments assigned for the public good,” he added.

The Dubai ruler also announced that the foundation will work with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to bring out an annual report to provide an Arab index gauging the situation of knowledge in the Arab states to evaluate performance, develop policies and plans and encourage competition.

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