1001 Inventions to launch in Abu Dhabi

Published Date: 
19 September 2011

November 2011 launch at inaugural Abu Dhabi Science Festival

1001 Inventions, the award-winning global initiative about the history of science in Muslim civilisation, to introduce its new interactive exhibition at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November 2011.

The free educational showcase, which was recently crowned “Best Touring Exhibition”, will welcome visitors at the Abu Dhabi Corniche from 19th November to 24th December 2011.

Following successful residencies in London, Istanbul, New York and Los Angeles, where it has attracted a combined audience of more than 1,500,000 visitors, the 1001 Inventions touring exhibition is launching a bi-lingual Arabic-English touring exhibition in response to public demand.

The new exhibition will be an anchor attraction within the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF), which is held under the patronage of His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al NahyanCrown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival, is organised by The Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), the Abu Dhabi Government entity charged with supporting the elevation of Abu Dhabi to a world-class center for science, technology and innovation.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Calily, Director General of TDC, said: “The Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee is proud to announce the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, a world-class annual event which showcases the fun and excitement of science and technology to the young people of the Emirate in a creative and new way.  Abu Dhabi’s vision is to build a knowledge based society and is investing heavily in technology industries to achieve this. This in turn requires a scientifically literate society and a well equipped talent base; this festival is one of the efforts that will help build this talent base.” 

(From left to right) Prof. Mohamed El-Gomati, Vice Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC
& H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, Tawazun & The Abu Dhabi Science Festival mascots
 & H.E. Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Abu Dhabi Education Council

Speaking on behalf of 1001 Inventions, Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, Vice Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC commented: “Muslim Civilisation has a proud legacy of invention and innovation, spanning more than a thousand years, whose impact on Science and Technology can still be seen all around us today. Using authenticated historical research and spectacular edutainment techniques, 1001 Inventions brings that heritage to life in order to inspire young people to exceed the achievements of the past and build a better future."

“Our exhibitions in Europe and the USA have been a global sensation. They have won dozens of international awards, including the ‘Best Touring Exhibition’ prize at the Museums and Heritage Awards earlier this year. Our educational films have won ‘Best Film’ recognition at numerous festivals, including Cannes and the New York Film Festival.

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, Vice Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC (Centre)
& Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani, Chairman of 1001 Inventions and FSTC (Right)

“Since the launch we’ve received requests from all over the Arab World expressing a desire for 1001 Inventions to provide material in Arabic. In response, we have produced an upgraded and updated 1001 Inventions exhibition. We anticipate that this new customised version of 1001 Inventions will be as popular in the Middle East as it has been in the US and Europe.”

Fady Jameel, President of ALJ Community Initiatives International (ALJCI) commented: “ALJCI is proud to partner with 1001 inventions in the new Arabic-English version of the 1001 Inventions exhibition, and we’re very excited about the partnership with Abu Dhabi Science Festival, which will bring this ground-breaking touring exhibition to a new audience. ALJCI is passionate about inspiring young people to become the scientists and engineers of the future, and supporting educational initiatives like 1001 Inventions is a core activity of our international philanthropic programme.”

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival will be a major annual event and its inaugural edition will run over nine days and takes place from 18th to 26th November 2011 at different prominent locations around the Emirate, including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and the Abu Dhabi Corniche. In organizing this city-wide festival TDC is collaborating with 1001 Inventions and the Edinburgh International Science Festival as Programming Partners.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition will launch at the Abu Dhabi Corniche on the 19th of November 2011 and welcome visitors, free of charge, until the 24th of December 2011. 

About Abu Dhabi Science Festival

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival is a major science popularization initiative that TDC is driving to support the building of Abu Dhabi’s world-class talent base as part of its overarching mandate to help develop Science, Technology and Innovation in Abu Dhabi. The event is presented by TDC and Tawazun in association with Dolphin Energy.

In organizing this city-wide festival TDC is collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), as the festival’s Education Partner, as well as 1001 Inventions and the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF), as Programming Partners. The collaboration with ADEC, the festival’s education partner, ensures alignment with Abu Dhabi’s education reforms as well as the engagement of Abu Dhabi’s school children and education community. The festival is also sponsored by Total and GHC.

The nine-day event aims to spark the curiosity of the Emirate’s youth in science, technology and innovation (STI) and will encompass over 150 of the world’s most exciting informal science learning experiences, including interactive exhibits, fun workshops and spectacular shows. The festival will cover different fields of STI including robotics, archaeology, aeronautics, physics, biology and chemistry, with the experiences designed to excite young people about the wonders and fun of science and technology whilst stimulating their inquisitive learning skills.

TDC is partnering with a number of leading Abu Dhabi universities and higher education colleges such as Emirates College of Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges of Technology - Abu Dhabi Women's College and UAE University from which the students will be selected, giving them a unique opportunity to participate in this world-class science festival and help the visitors make the most of their experience at the event.

About 1001 Inventions and FSTC

1001 Inventions was created by the academic Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). Based in Manchester (UK), its mission is to raise awareness of the contributions the Muslim world has made to building the foundations of modern civilisation. FSTC works very closely with academics, researchers and experts in the field, in order to raise widespread public awareness about the achievements of Muslim civilisation (and other connected civilisations). Further information is available on FSTCs popular website MuslimHeritage.com

1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.


Construction of the new 1001 Inventions touring exhibition was sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI). ALJCI is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the ALJ Group, which is a Toyota automobiles distributor in 13 different countries. ALJCI plans and operates numerous global programs, such as poverty-alleviation initiatives, artistic and educational projects and technology innovation grants, including a long history of scholarships for students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For further information about Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives visit www.aljci.org

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