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World attention drawn to green UAE

ABU DHABI: With an estimated project value worth $183 billion and one of the fastest growing rail markets in the world, the Middle East and North Africa region presents itself as the ideal ground for its talented youth to contribute towards creating sustainable and intelligent transportation systems.

It is no wonder then that students of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and members of its outreach programme Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) are exploring different ways to effectively highlight the UAE’s leading role in sustainability.

At the same time, the UAE is an emerging market for railway systems, and Abu Dhabi’s long-term objective is to provide an effective, easy-to-use and popular alternative to the private car and to encourage the use of public mode of transportation.

That was the primary reason for Mohamed Al Sharhan, a student of Engineering Systems and Management programme and YFEL member, to participate in the Helsinki Summer School for Transportation 2012 at Aalto University in Finland. Part of the course was a visit to the Helsinki Metro construction site. Work is under way at present to extend the existing line into Espoo in the west, and Vantaa and Sipoo in the northeast.

Being the only student from the UAE to attend the course in Helsinki, Al Sharhan believes that his enrolment in this summer school has added considerable value to his research on ‘Public Transportation for Abu Dhabi: Potential for a Sustainable Public Transportation System’. He is midway through his research at Masdar Institute.
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