Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has opened the northern emirate's first advanced materials workshop and has announced plans to build a flagship materials science research centre.
At the ceremony, Sheikh Saud said that work on the new facilities will begin early in 2009 and will be completed next year, bringing the most advanced scientific instruments to the emirate and strengthening its position as a regional hub for academic excellence.
"By early 2010, the facility will be equipped with state of the art equipment such as electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers [and] optical spectrometers," he told attendees at the opening ceremony of the workshop, which will last three days and has been organised by the Ras Al Khaimah Centre for Advanced Materials (RAK-Cam).
He added that the new centre will provide a base for research into an array of materials, ranging from simple construction constituents to complex materials used in technology such as solar cells, computers and catalytic converters.
RAK-Cam was established in 2007.