President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday (Jan. 20) for a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), attended the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony yesterday evening at the Emirates Palace Hotel. Many other leaders from countries within the region and other parts of the world were also present on the occasion.
Zayed Future Energy Prize is awarded with the aim of encouraging innovation in the field of
sustainable and alternative energy sources for future purposes. The award, being presented for the sixth time, is named after the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The collective value of the annual awards given in five categories is US$ 4 million.
The UAE is one of the major oil producing and exporting countries in the world. However, the UAE government gives priority to advancing sustainable and alternative energy sources in order to meet future energy demands.
Before returning to Sri Lanka later this evening, President Rajapaksa will hold bilateral discussion with several high ranking officials of the country. During the discussions, attention will be drawn to further enhancing relations between the two nations in identified sectors.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena are accompanying the President in this tour.