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Nine year-old space enthusiast and youngest Emirati inventor among Mubadala Youth Award winners

Hundreds of students hear from industry leaders on how to succeed in today’s competitive job market at the Mubadala Youth Forum. 

07 October 2015
Nine year-old space enthusiast and youngest Emirati inventor among Mubadala Youth Award winners

Abu Dhabi - Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi based investment and development company, announced today the winners of the Mubadala Youth Award during the fifth annual Mubadala Youth Forum. The winners, Adeeb Al Blooshi, Dana Al Blooshi, Aisha Al Braiki, and Saeed Al Nathari, were recognized for their inspirational achievements and positive impact on the community. 


Key achievements of winners include:


  • Named the youngest Emirati inventor for his contributions to the field of healthcare, Adeeb Al Blooshi is just 11 years old.
  • Adeeb’s sibling, Dana Al Blooshi, aged 9, already holds a number of certificates from NASA and has been involved in exciting programs in the fields of aeronautics and space administration. 
  • Aisha Al Braiki, a university student and mother of two, has consistently excelled academically while also maintaining a busy schedule of community work.
  • At 23 years old, Saeed Al Nathari has been named the first Global Ambassador of Arab origin by the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIM Institute) for a number of his contributions. 


Commenting on the second annual Mubadala Youth Award, Nadine Saleh Hassan, Head of Integrated Marketing and Outreach, Mubadala, said: “We are impressed with the calibre of nominations we have received for the Mubadala Youth Award for the second year running. It is inspiring to see the passion our nationals have for the community and their drive to contribute to its progress, especially at such a young age.” 


She added, “We hope that their stories will motivate others to give back to the UAE, and encourage parents to build an environment which fosters innovation and bright minds. The fact we have siblings winning this year’s edition of the Award is testament to the importance families have in helping children contribute to our community.” 


Under the theme “From College to Career”, the Youth Forum was attended by hundreds of students from the ages of 17-25 from across the UAE. For the fifth year, it offered students the opportunity to interact with Emirati leaders, and introduced them to opportunities and programs at Mubadala-owned companies.


The Forum included a number of interactive sessions with each of Homaid Al Shemmari, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services, Mubadala, Sheikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi, Veterinarian and Director - Terrestrial Biodiversity, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, and Iman Al Qassim, Associate Director of Human Capital, Mubadala, who shared their own career journeys, provided insights on making the transition to employment, and the impact young nationals can have in developing the nation’s economy. 


A panel session with representatives from Mubadala Development Company, Emirates Defence Industries Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority provided future job-seekers with advice on transitioning from academic to professional life, by drawing on their own experiences. The Forum concluded with students attending a hands-on workshop that provided practical experience to help with their career progression in today’s diversified economy.


Commenting on this year’s Youth Forum, Laila Saif, Human Resources Director, Emirates Defence Industries Company, said: “It has been a pleasure interacting with some our nation’s brightest today, and hearing from my fellow speakers at the Forum. I hope that by imparting some of the knowledge that I have gained in my own career development, I have provided some helpful insights to those making the transition from university to the job market.” 


Highlights of the event will be shown on Weyana’s YouTube channel,