His Excellency Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in the People’s Republic of China Commented on this occasion by saying: “This is a proud day for the UAE as we highlight our nation’s world-leading technologies for sustainable agriculture in a desert environment. The great foundations laid by the late Sheikh Zayed have seen the UAE build some of the most advanced technologies in this sector globally, to further ecological civilization at large. The UAE is now a leader in research in saline and dry condition agriculture, with the field testing of crops and cultivars, irrigation technologies and cultivation methodologies. We are delighted that we are working with China in this area, in particular the cultivation of saltwater rice in the UAE, to address our nation’s food security needs.”
He also said: “The UAE ‘Greening the Desert’ activation communicates the UAE’s achievements in converting the desert into green spaces using advanced technologies and will highlight the country’s commitment to embracing sustainable green development and agriculture. This activation also aims to showcase the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Founding Father, to develop the country’s agriculture sector, as reflected in his statement “Give me agriculture, I will give you civilisation”.