ABU DHABI, 11th June, 2022 (WAM) -- Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Chairman of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation Board of Trustees, on Friday, inaugurated the International Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation Electronic library, which consists of more than 230 books, in English, French and Arabic languages.
Sheikh Nahyan then launched Khalifa International Award's Video Library, which consists of more than 195 videos, in both English and Arabic languages, documenting the Award's journey of activities and events, over fifteen years.
Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Award's Secretary General, added that this initiative came from the Award's keenness and sense of responsibility of spreading scientific knowledge in line with the global digital transformation, and highlighting the success achieved by the Award during its 15 years journey of leading the development of date palm cultivation sector, and agricultural innovation regionally and internationally.
''As a reflection of the Award's strategic objectives, the Award's General Secretariat worked to create a non-profitable platform to share scientific knowledge in the field of date palm cultivation, and agricultural innovation, in various languages, which was achieved through launching the specialized International Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation Electronic library, as it is the first of its kind. Where all books available in the Library, could be browsed and downloaded free of charge at (www. eidpl.com).''
The International Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation Electronic library has the advantage of the contribution of a number of prestigious regional and international organizations, which enriching the library with scientific publications such as Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), The Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), as well as international experts and researchers.
This initiative followed the launching of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation E-Library, on 24th June, 2020, which coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Award's E-Library, which is available in both Arabic and English languages, includes more than 400 specialized scientific sources that were classified into eight main categories: the Award's Yearbook (12 Editions), The Blessed Tree Magazine (34 issues), The Photography Book (12 Editions), the Winners' Book (12 Editions), Media Reports (205 Reports), Scientific books (41publications), Scientific virtual lecture series (33 Presentations), and 50 booklets. Where all publications and content of the Library, can be browsed and downloaded free of charge, through the following website (www.ekiaai.com)