UNITED ARAB EMIRATES– Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company based in germany, has in October this year, announced the establishment of its Sustainability Centre in District 2020, Dubai.

Merk revealed that the center will be launched during Expo 2020 Dubai and will have  a special focus on countries of the Global South.

The centre comprises diverse programs that address and accelerate solutions for sustainability challenges through the application of advanced science and technology.

The idea of a Sustainability Centre right in the heart of Dubai was born from a meeting between HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of Executive Board and CEO of Merck, last month in Dubai.

During the meeting, His Highness said, “we are committed to working with those who share our vision of a better world.”

In order to accelerate sustainable solutions to global urban challenges, Merck Sustainability Centre plans to focus on capacity building through running a range of educational and research focused programs.

 It will also focus on the provision of collaborative research and development spaces with the aim to support a new generation of innovators to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable world.

The centre will be a home to a start-up incubator focused on nurturing the growth of new innovative businesses in the sustainability space.

 Moreover, it will facilitate unique access to the broad expertise and infrastructure of Merck as a leading science and technology company.

Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of Executive Board and CEO of Merck said, “This centre will work towards encouraging the knowledge exchange among like-minded individuals, build local capacity with special focus on women and youth, and support start-ups that have the potential to deliver sustainable solutions with the aim to improve people’s lives through science and technology.”

Bringing together multiple industries, District 2020’s diverse ecosystem will serve as an ideal environment for Merck to develop new technologies and partner with organizations to drive innovation and sustainability in the science and tech industries.

Merck is the most recent organization to join District 2020, adding another acclaimed global name to the ecosystem’s growing partners list alongside Siemens, Accenture, and most recently announced, Shanghai-based Atlas Capital Holding.