April 22nd, 2019: Students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) got the chance to accompany His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, on a two-hour educational tour during their recent field trip to Emirates Bio Farm in Al Ain.
Organized by Dr. Rami El Khatib, Associate Professor and Dean of Student Affairs, the field trip aimed to introduce senior students from CUD’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences to the principles of organic farming and the best practices in agriculture and integrated pest management, with a focus on maintaining a clean environment and preserving biodiversity.
Visiting the facility at the same time, His Excellency Dr. Thani and his team interacted with CUD students while they observed the various growing and harvesting activities taking place across the farm. Speaking about the experience, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management student, Shaikha Mohammed, said, “This visit revealed to me why bio farming is so important, not just from an environmental perspective, but also in terms of food safety and health.
“We learned about the practices followed in greenhouses, while having the opportunity to harvest different organic vegetables and fruits. It was a great honor for us to accompany His Excellency Dr. Thani during the tour as he shared his own personal insights and experiences with us, and encouraged us to pursue research that will help to promote the UAE bio farming industry.”
Dr. Rami El Khatib, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, concluded, “We are privileged to have so many facilities in the UAE that are at the forefront of their industry in the environmental and health sciences, as well as a Ministry that is actively supporting this progressive work. We are very grateful to His Excellency Dr. Thani for sharing his knowledge and adding great value to the students’ learning experience during our visit.”