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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and ShadeCraft to Offer Training Programs in Robotics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRKF) has signed a partnership agreement with Los Angeles-based robotics and technology start-up, ShadeCraft, to offer a series of training programs in robotics.

The key objectives behind the agreement are to identify and pursue donors and funding partners to help implement projects pertaining to the field of robotics in the UAE; organize workshops supported by ShadeCraft in the jurisdiction of "technology and Android specialists" open to students in schools and universities, as well as to relevant government and private entities; provide support for the Foundation's projects in the UAE; share information, experience, materials and skills to develop effective working practices and identify solutions to mitigate risk and reduce costs; and, finally, to provide sufficient and appropriately qualified resources for the projects.

His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, said: "Our Foundation is honored to be joining hands with ShadeCraft to bring robotics classes to the UAE. Under the forward-thinking vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE has been making immense strides in many fields dealing with the technologies of the future. We are proud to be adding to these achievements with this partnership agreement."

"The field of robotics has massive potential to affect many aspects of people's lives," H.E. bin Huwaireb continued. "Robots have made their way into many vital sectors, such as industry, agriculture and medicine, among many others. The classes we are offering seek to build a qualified, future-ready national workforce that can use this new technology to its fullest potential to develop the UAE, find solutions to the challenges of the future, and improve the lives of people all around the world."

Meanwhile, Armen Gharabegian, CEO and Founder of ShadeCraft LLC, said: "This MoU with MBRKF is an honor as well as a pivotal turning point for ShadeCraft Robotics. Dubai is not only ideal from the standpoint of solar energy and its climate, it is also one of the leading countries in the world in embracing innovation and technology. For ShadeCraft, there is no better opportunity to present its revolutionary product than in a city like Dubai that lives and breathes innovation."

"The leaders of this country, especially H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have done wonders for their country in the fields of innovation and technology, and have created an opportunity for revolutionary companies around the world to bring their ideas to Dubai," Gharabegian continued, hoping that ShadeCraft can play a role in implementing the new and ambitious 10X initiative.

As per the terms of the agreement, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation pledges to grant ShadeCraft preferential consideration as an implementation partner for its top-tier technology-related projects, and to invite ShadeCraft to the Foundation's sponsored events, workshops and fairs.

Meanwhile, ShadeCraft will flag potential third-party funding opportunities to the Foundation and initiate discussions regarding a possible partnership – in addition to inviting the Foundation to its sponsored events, workshops and fairs.


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