His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research President of Zayed University today unveiled the design of the new Zayed University campus in Abu Dhabi - the Capital District, Abu Dhabi, which will be developed by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) covering an area of 213,000 m2, and will accommodate up to 6000 students. The ceremony was attended by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO and Managing Director of Mubadala, Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim Vice President of Zayed University.
Speaking at the ceremony, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan explained that Zayed University’s new campus will not only be a state of the art academic and research facility designed according to the highest international standards in the building of universities and research centers; but will also reflect a combination of traditional and contemporary architectural and engineering elements, highlighting the national identity and architectural heritage of the UAE.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan commended the initiative and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Abu Dhabi Educational Council in establishing this academic edifice, which will become a landmark in the higher education sector, that translates the vision and continuous attention His Highness Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has always shown for this vital sector.
His Excellency added that the new state of the art campus with its designs and international standard facilities will be worthy of having Zayed University’s name. A name, we feel proud and honored that this university bears; the name of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, the late President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established this university 11 years ago as a beacon of science, knowledge and a bridge between cultures.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan praised the unstinting patronage and important role which His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE plays in education, His Excellency further extended his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Abu Dhabi Educational Council for his unconditional support; through their untiring efforts and under their guidance and leadership Zayed University has progressed to the forefront of higher education regionally and nationally.
His Excellency also commended Mubadala’s efforts in working with international consultants to design Zayed University’s new campus, so that it provides a unique learning environment through the inclusion of scientific laboratories, libraries, classrooms, and other facilities that enhance Zayed University’s leadership in the region.
As per the agreement signed in December 2008, Mubadala is designing, building and financing the new campus in addition to overseeing the non academic operations of the new facilities for a period of 25 years from construction completion date.
” The development of Zayed University’s new campus is an example of Mubadala’s commitment to diversify the economy by developing an educational infrastructure that underpins a well organized and flourishing society,” said Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mubadala, ” Fostering a new generation of business leaders and building a prosperous future for the people of Abu Dhabi remain a fundamental part of our mandate.”
Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim Vice President of Zayed University explained that the new campus will include faculty and administration buildings, classrooms, science and computer labs, a library of over 18,000 m2 , a cafeteria to meet all students needs, in addition to a sports complex, and a conference center equipped with the latest technologies to organize and host numerous events and conferences of national, regional and global levels.
Mubadala has hired Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises LLC and Murray & Roberts Contractors for the design and build contract.