Sahara's sponsorship of the conference is in line with the group's vision of supporting scientific and engineering activities in the UAE, particularly in the emirate of Sharjah. With Sahara Communications, the largest communications company in Sharjah, and the world's largest property PR agency, as one of its subsidiaries, Sahara Group is committed to communicating knowledge in all its forms.
Sahara Branch Manager, Mr Bassam N. Dean, who accepted the award on behalf of the Group, said:
"As a group with engineering, media consultancy and marketing subsidiaries working under its umbrella, Sahara's sponsorship of this event is intended to develop the skills of those working in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, as well as other related fields. We are also focused on staying up to date with the latest developments in engineering and technology, which are key to the growth of a variety of economic sectors and allow companies to accomplish their work in an efficient, cost-effective manner, with minimum negative effects on the environment."
"We are proud to receive this honorary award, as it confirms to us that our vision of using all possible means to spread knowledge throughout Arab communities is a sound one. The award encourages us to continue with our efforts, and we look forward to sponsoring similar cultural and educational conferences and activities in the future," Mr Dean added.
ICM 2008 was organized by the University of Sharjah and the University of Waterloo, Canada, in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is being held in the emirate of Sharjah for the first time this year, having been hosted in several countries in the Middle East and Asia during the past 19 years. The event attracts scientists and engineers from all over the globe to engage in workshops and open discussions in an open communication environment.
Discussion topics at the conference are related to microelectronics and nanotechnologies, their use in communication and information technology, and the application of wireless communication systems and microelectronics design via computers, as well as the future of these technologies. ICM also showcases the latest electrical and electronic and digital technologies, and specialists are presenting courses and lectures on the current challenges facing the electricity, energy and electronics market.