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NYU Abu Dhabi signs agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports to advance innovation for aviation

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NYU Abu Dhabi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Airports last week to foster innovation in aviation through the exchange of knowledge, research and technology in the

form of a joint initiative, that aligns with the objectives of the Year of Zayed, titled “Innovation and Accelerating the Future.”The initiative serves as a celebration of Sheikh Zayed’s legacy in advancing progress and development, honouring his core beliefs that innovation and engaging the youth are fundamental for the advancement of the nation in light of the Year of Zayed.


The MoU is set to further accelerate the development of advanced capabilities for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The first phase of the partnership will see NYU Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Airports organizing joint workshops and events to identify ideas and opportunities to develop the capital’s airport to a new standard of technological progression.

The agreement was signed by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports and NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom a ceremony held at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus which saw the attendance of guests and representatives from both entities.

NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom said, “Developing this partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports offers the university a stunning opportunity to work with the Abu Dhabi government to strengthen the Emirate’s connections with the world – connections that will draw new knowledge, enriched cultural energy, and increased economic opportunity from around the globe and that will allow the Emirate to contribute its own intellectual discovery and its own educational and humane vision more effectively to that world." 

Specialists from both institutions will conduct studies on subjects of interest in the field of aviation, providing academic and technical facilities for researchers to carry out field studies and surveys to investigate the feasibility of scientific hypotheses for potential modes of innovation for the sector.

Commenting on the partnership, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori said; “Contributing to the Year of Zayed initiative, this remarkable opportunity will uphold the visionary’s values through a number of events and activities that focuses on innovation and development. The initiative expresses the late Sheikh Zayed’s legacy to encourage, engage and inspire the younger generation who are the future makers and builders of the aviation industry.”

Al Khoori concluded: “The Innovation and Accelerating the Future initiative celebrates the centennial anniversary of one of the greatest and most noble leader’s birth, and a lifetime during which he dedicated his rule to implementing an extraordinary, long-term strategy that ensures a glorious future for the UAE. He laid the founding blocks of the seven states on innovation and advancement from which we are still reaping the benefits.”

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