|28 April, 2019

Abu Dhabi University hosts symbolic Ghaf tree planting ceremony in new Al Ain campus

In line with ADU's Year of Tolerance initiatives

Abu Dhabi University hosts symbolic Ghaf tree planting ceremony in new Al Ain campus

Abu Dhabi: In honor of the Year of Tolerance, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) held a Ghaf tree planting ceremony at its new Al Ain campus. The event took place in the presence of H.E. Dr. Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of ADU's Board of Directors, and H.E. Dr. Matar Mohammed Al Nuaimi, General Manager of Al Ain Municipality.

The ceremony was also attended by H.E. Salem Mubarak Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Community Relations at Abu Dhabi University, Dr. Mohamed Fteiha, Acting Director of Al Ain Campus, and Eng. Anwar ADU’s project manager. Members of the ADU community attended the planting of the tree as a symbol of ADU’s commitment to embedding the seeds of tolerance into the foundations of the new Al Ain campus.

H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi highlighted the tree’s special significance to the UAE’s heritage. Our late founding father, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, was very fond of the tree, encouraging  the planting of it, as well as the prevention of its destruction. He said choosing this tree as a symbol for tolerance reflects the wise vision of the UAE leadership in preserving one of the nation’s most precious items of natural heritage. The tree symbolizes the unwavering values of tolerance and co-existence that cannot be shaken.  Al Ain municipality is maintaining this vision by decorating the city with Ghaf trees as a distinctive feature of Al Ain city. During the Year of Tolerance, the Municipality of Al Ain has launched a number of initiatives that promote the planting of Ghaf trees across all areas of the city.

H.E. Dr. Bin Harmal commented, “Tolerance is one of the core values of  UAE society instilled by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, throughout his exemplary leadership. As such, the UAE has become a cultural melting pot of more than 200 different nationalities thriving harmoniously, embodying these values and living by them.”

 H.E. Dr. Bin Harmal commended Dr. Al Nuaimi for being part of this initiative that reflects a shared effort between both entities in highlighting the values of tolerance and celebrating the tree’s cultural significance. Bin Harmal noted that the Ghaf tree was the inspiration for the interior design of the Al Ain campus, making it the first building in the UAE to have such a unique and symbolic design. This echoes the University’s role as a national institution that embodies and communicates the UAE’s values and harmonious cultural model to the rest of the world.

Anwar Ali, Project Manager for Abu Dhabi University, commented, “The development of Abu Dhabi's new Al Ain campus is on schedule, with a completion rate of about 25% of the project after over 300,000 hours of foundation work”.

Ali added, “Over 250 laborers are working on the development of the new campus daily, applying the highest health and safety standards. The building also meets One-Pearl Estidama requirements for design and operational sustainability The campus will accommodate 2,500 students during its first phase, with a total capacity of 5,000 students. It will provide a holistic learning environment, maintaining separate learning spaces for male and female students.”

The new campus is located in Al Ain's Asharej district and will span an overall area of 45,000 sqm at a cost of AED 300 million.

For more information on the new facilities, please visit the following link: www.adu.ac.ae.


About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)
Abu Dhabi University is a private, multi-campus University committed to meeting the education, skills and knowledge needs in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries through qualifications and standards that are respected across the world.

Although young, the University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education. We are regularly featured in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings as among the best higher education institutions in the region. We hold prestigious international accreditations for the institution as a whole, for particular fields of provision and for specific programs. We were the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation. In addition, its College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It houses the only architecture program to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

According to the QS World Universities Rankings, ADU ranks in the top 701-750 universities worldwide, the top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, the top 27 universities in the Arab World, and the top 6 in the UAE. Being rated 3rd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students, we consider diversity to be among our key strengths.

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities across its four campuses and sponsored programs. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and the University College, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs across arts, law, education, business and management, engineering and sciences, including to Etihad pilots, trainees and personnel of the UAE military. Alongside the well-established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, we have launched a new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park and recently opened a teaching facility in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, a brand-new state-of-the-art campus is planned to open in Al Ain in September 2019.

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