Sunday 21, February 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), the Foundation began the activities of Nobel Museum Exhibition 2016 in Dubai under the theme, ‘Exploring Life: Noble Prize in Physiology’. The event, which is organised in Dubai for the second year in a row, is aimed at strengthening knowledge and highlighting the contributions of Nobel laureates and their contributions in the field of medicine which have helped transform human life.

This is the first time that Noble Museum has dedicated an exhibition to the medical field. The Nobel Museum Exhibition focuses on the contributions of Nobel Prize winners in specific areas, including the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and thalassemia. The exhibition also showcases through its multiple sections the huge contribution of Islamic scientists in the medical field, and the development of the Islamic medicine field over several centuries.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition, at the Children’s City in Dubai Creek Park, was attended by His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, HE Carl-Henric Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, and representatives from the local and international media.

Addressing the ceremony, HE Bin Huwaireb, said MBRF worked in collaboration with the Nobel Museum to develop the Nobel Museum Exhibition and present it in a renewed format following the success of its first edition launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of MBRF.

HE Bin Huwaireb said: “The exhibition highlights the leading role of the Foundation in the dissemination and transfer of knowledge, and underlines its efforts to consolidate the principles of innovation and research in our communities. It inspires our youth to contribute towards sustainable development of their countries by creating effective solutions to prevailing challenges.”

He said over the entire one-month period of its activity, the exhibition, through its various sections, will introduce visitors to several aspects of medicine and offer interactive experiences in the field in an interesting and fun-filled manner.

The exhibition in its second year showcases the life of Alfred Nobel and his interest in the field of medicine. It features an ‘Islamic Medicine’ section which reviews the achievements of Islamic scientists in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Besides, there is the ‘Inside Explorer’ section that highlights Nobel Prize winners who have succeeded in developing practical ways of understanding human physiology.

HE Bin Huwarieb said the exhibition includes the ‘Seeing the Invisible’ section, which allows the public to know the achievements of scientists in the field of microscopes. The ‘Cell’ section displays clear pictures of the cells in the human body, while the ‘DNA’ section offers insights on the components of DNA and its role in the basic life processes. The ‘Diseases and Cures’ section highlights a wide range of diseases and Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries related to diseases and the efforts to prevent and cure them, added Bin Huwaireb.

HE Bin Huwarieb said MBRF has signed an exclusive 10-year partnership with the Nobel Museum to organize a series of initiatives and specialized exhibitions, including ‘Nobel Museum Exhibition. “In the coming years, the Foundation plans to take these exhibitions to several cities in the UAE and other Arab countries. We promise you more programmes and exhibitions that promote the dissemination of knowledge and document human achievements to enrich minds,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, HE Carl-Henric Heldin said: “The Nobel Foundation partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation has provided an opportunity for the launch of the Nobel Museum for the second year in a row. Nobel Foundation has supported the exhibition with the latest medical research, giving an exciting and fun-filled aspect to the events and activities at the exhibition.”

Heldin said the Nobel Foundation and MBRF share the same values and goals to support the transfer and dissemination of knowledge. The exhibition will help raise awareness of the visitors and participants in the events and workshops associated with the exhibition, he said.

He explained that the Nobel Museum Exhibition in its second edition provides the opportunity for all visitors to get closely acquainted with the winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine. Heldin also commended MBRF for selecting Children’s City as the location for the exhibition, stating that children are the builders of tomorrow and the pillars for the progress of societies and nations.

The Nobel Museum Exhibition 2016 will also feature three specialized workshops, with the first one on February 28, led by Professor Klas Kärre, Former Chairman of the Nobel Award Committee for Physiology and Medicine, who will speak on the topic, ‘Reflections on Physiology and Medicine’. The second workshop on March 6 under the title, ‘Nobel Prizes: Life and the Dance of Large Molecules’, will be led by Dr. Erling Norrby, Former Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The third workshop on March 13 will be led by Dr. Katarina Nordqvist, Research Director at the Nobel Museum, who will speak on the experience of Nobel Laureates in Physiology and Medicine.

The Nobel Museum Exhibition 2016 is being hosted at Children’s City in Dubai Creek Park from February 21 to March 21, every day from 9 am to 8 pm, except on Fridays when it will open from 3 pm to 9 pm.

The first edition of the Nobel Museum Exhibition achieved remarkable success in attracting the attention of thousands of visitors from inside and outside the country and from different segments of the society, including professionals, intellectuals, scientists and inventors, as well as school and university students. Last year’s Nobel Museum Exhibition included a series of workshops which drew significant attention from the public. These workshops discussed the importance of knowledge and innovation and their role in the discoveries and inventions that have contributed to facilitate people’s lives, and overcome challenges faced by humanity.