Dubai: The seventh National Science, Technology and Innovation Festival (NSTI), the region’s largest educational event, has begun, marking the start of a month-long celebration aimed at promoting innovation and empowering youth to turn creative ideas into successful ones. Projects.
The festival, which offers students a platform to showcase innovations, fostering creativity, talent and academic excellence, was attended by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, who attended the opening ceremonies.
This event is part of the UAE Innovation Month and will take place throughout February. Dubai Festival City hosts NSTI events until February 5.
Also present were Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to His Highness the President of the United Arab Emirates and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs, and Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Business and Digital Regulation of Ireland.
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, highlighted the importance of technology, science, innovation and entrepreneurship in building a knowledge-based society.
He highlighted the Ministry of Education’s commitment to enhancing the skills of UAE students, fostering innovation and providing the guidance and tools necessary to transform creative ideas into successful projects.
Dr. Al Falasi added: “The NSTI Festival is a leading educational initiative in the Middle East and is among the leading global events.
“It provides a platform for students to showcase and exchange innovative ideas and projects at a national level. It also provides communication opportunities with experts, promoting the growth of talent in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.”
The seventh NSTI Festival features several events, including the sixth ‘Emirates Young Scientists Competition’, showcasing innovative projects by Cycle 2 and 3 students in the UAE.
The competition has achieved a notable increase in the number of research projects and participating schools; The number of projects registered in the competition increased from 217 in 2018 to 3,966 in 2024.
Additionally, the number of participating schools increased from 153 in 2018 to 424 in 2024.
In this year’s Emirates Young Scientists Competition, projects are classified into four main fields: technology, biological and ecological sciences, chemistry, physical and mathematical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.
The top 100 projects from all categories will compete at the NSTI Festival.
The Ministry of Education is leveraging AI to evaluate projects this year. In line with the National Agenda for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, which aims to make the UAE an entrepreneurial nation by 2031, the NSTI Festival will also host the ‘KIDSPRENEUR’ competition, aimed at Kindergarten and Cycle 1 students to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation from an early age. .
Additionally, “The Next Founder Competition” will allow undergraduate and graduate students to submit their emerging business project ideas for evaluation and possible support.
The NSTI Festival will include a specialized conference with renowned local and global speakers in the fields of science, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Additionally, there will be a Family Festival offering various educational and entertainment activities to enhance the overall experience.
Since its inception, the NSTI Festival has hosted more than 100 speakers, welcomed more than 70,000 visitors, and collaborated with more than 70 partners from the public and private sectors.
In addition, it has organized more than 170 multi-specialized workshops, showing the important educational impact of the Festival on students, educators, specialists and various segments of society.