Abu Dhabi Crown Prince opens new Rabdan Academy HQ - in pictures

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed was briefed on the college’s educational curriculum and programmes that aim to prepare Emiratis for security missions and duties

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on Wednesday opened the new headquarters of the Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was briefed on the college’s educational curriculum and programmes, which aim to prepare Emiratis for national security missions and duties.

While visiting lectures at Rabdan Academy, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Dr Faisal Obaid Al Ayyan, Vice President of the Academy, about the academy’s departments, its research and scientific facilities and the advanced technologies and training programmes it uses.

He was also told about the close cooperation it has with national institutions, such as the Ministry of Interior, the Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Police and other authorities.

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Sheikh Mohammed expressed his happiness at seeing Emiratis seeking excellence and innovation. In its guest book he wrote: "I was delighted today to visit this promising educational institution, which we hope will become a sound basis for promoting cooperation and coordination between our national institutions and will provide them with talented and qualified Emirati citizens who are capable of addressing modern and future challenges.

"My best wishes to the academy’s students and its teaching and administrative staff."

The Crown Prince witnessed several Memoranda of Understandings signed at the new headquarters with various UAE ministries and entities.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed; Pilot Staff-Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun, Chairman of the National and Reserve Service Authority; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun, Director of the Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; Mohammed bin Ahmed, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Dr Ahmad bin Abdulla  Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, and Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Head of the Community Development Department.

Several members of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and senior officials at the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the Armed Forces and the Abu Dhabi Police were also present at the ceremony.