The Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight sends an important message to the world by highlighting what can be achieved through using renewable energy and clean technologies.

Helping to promote this message is Hasan Al Redaini, a young Emirati embedded within Solar Impulse’s support crew. He is helping to organize lectures and demonstrations to educate communities in each of the 12 stops in 6 countries about the potential of solar energy.

Hasan, 25, took time out of his busy schedule to tell us what being part of the historic mission means to him both personally and for his country.

Describe your role with Solar Impulse
I’m working in the marketing and communications team which travels with Solar Impulse and provides support. My role involves lots of different tasks, from dealing with partners to airport logistics and arranging events.

Why is this historic voyage so important for Abu Dhabi?
2015 is marked as the year of innovation for the UAE, and Solar Impulse is a historic initiative focused on innovation and pioneering spirit. As such, Abu Dhabi and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company under Mubadala, are natural partners of this initiative. Abu Dhabi is the host city of this project, and this sends a message to the world that Abu Dhabi is a global player in renewable energy.

What’s it like being a part of such a revolutionary project?
I have a great sense of pride being part of this initiative and representing the country. The experience I’m gaining is invaluable; you don’t get an opportunity like this on a daily basis.

Why is it important that an Emirati is directly involved in this important international mission?
It's important to be on this journey to show that the UAE truly invests not only in groundbreaking projects but also in human capital to build future leaders by giving them a hands-on experience in relevant fields.

Do you hope to inspire young Emiratis to think about how they can make a difference in the future?
As this project is considered to be history in the making, I hope that future generations take this feat into account and aspire to reach further horizons within their chosen fields. This requires that youth develop a pioneering mindset, leave their comfort zone, have innovative aspirations and believe in what they can achieve. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me so far and I hope I make everyone proud of the UAE’s participation in this historic journey.

I hope that my journey inspires others to take actions in their own lives to bring about a cleaner future. And, I look forward to returning home this summer to share my cultural experiences and stories from my trek around the world with youth across the emirate.



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