Dubai, September 12, 2009:
The “Arab Women in Science And Technology” conference with the theme “empowerment for the development of the Arab world” being held between September 28-30 under the patronage of Her royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler Of Dubai, will shed light on the achievements of Arab women in the field of science and technology. It will reflect on the ways on how she was able in a short period of time to break into this field with high capabilities in order to further her development in new and different fields. The conference also discusses the challenges that face Arab women in some Arab countries and the support provided for her to excel in this field.
Prof. Fathi Gherbal, Professor of mechanical engineering and material science and bioengineering, Rice University, USA, and the chairman of many companies working in robotics said: “The Arab Women in Science and Technology conference which is scheduled to be held between 28-30 September 2009 in Dubai will give the opportunity to know about the Arab woman’s journey in the field of science and technology, since the conference discusses various topics and a number of issues that highlight Arab women's achievements and her role in this important field, as well as considering the challenges she has faced in the past years and the support provided to her to prove her capabilities in it.
“I support the desire of Arab countries to catch up with technology in general and information technology in particular which has witnessed great developments in the developed world. Some Arab countries have supported their citizens and set up establishments to follow this enormous development in order to keep abreast of new developments following the technological revolution so as to benefit from it for using it in improving the living conditions of Arab societies. Arab women were not in isolation from this scenario, but yet she was able to prove her ability in this field, together with her excellences in many other fields,” Prof Gherbal added.
The conference is organized by the Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF) in participation with the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and in coordination with Etisal Event Management Company. More than 300 ladies from all sections of society such as women scientists, scholars, business women and women who occupy important public positions are expected to attend the meeting.
The conference will discuss topics like: the effort of Arab countries in strengthening the role of women in science and technology; the initiative for the empowerment of Arab women in science and technology for the socio-economic development of the Arab world; women's role in science and technology and the desired development of the Arab world; private and public efforts in supporting women working in the science and technology sector in the Arab world, among other topics.

The conference will also present some case studies of successful women working in the science and technology field. It will also touch upon subjects like S & T and business leadership, the role of the media in assisting women professionals in science and technology, among other important topics.