Derasat signs MOU with TRENDS Advisory & Research, UAE
Dr. Hamad Ebrahim Al-Abdulla, “We are keen on expanding our partnership network with leading research organizations.”
Dr. Mohammed Abdulla Al-Ali, “Consecutive developments require utilizing the role of research centers.”
The Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) signed a research and scientific cooperation agreement with TRENDS Research and Advisory in the United Arab Emirates, during a meeting by videoconference on Monday, 31 May, 2021. Derasat Executive Director Dr. Hamad Ebrahim Al-Abdulla signed the agreement on behalf of the Bahraini side, while from Trends, CEO Dr. Mohammed Abdulla Al-Ali signed on behalf of the UAE’s side.
The agreement stated that both parties enhance mutual cooperation in areas of scientific and academic research; conducting joint research; allowing the reciprocating secondment of experts and researchers; benefitting from databases and information platforms; and organizing events and various activities.
On this occasion, Dr. Hamad Al-Abdulla stressed the importance of combining efforts and coordination between research and intellectual organizations; praising Trends’ active role and significant contributions in the UAE, which enhanced its research placement and role in various areas, to present an analysis and understanding for a multitude of issues and developments surrounding the Arabian Gulf and Middle East regions.
Dr. Al-Abdulla emphasized that this agreement supports Derasat’s regional presence; its continuous outreach with numerous global research centers; expanding its partnership network with leading think tanks; investing the reputation it achieved specializing in Gulf- and Arab-related issues: welcoming additional cooperation with pan-Gulf and -Arab research and studies centers and organizations; and opening cooperative prospects that help in raising work to the next level, to serve Gulf and Arab societies, and fields of overall human knowledge.
Derasat’s Executive Director also valued cooperating with colleagues in the UAE, who for years presented numerous achievements; reaching milestones of building national capacities and qualifying promising researchers, who will comprise an integral part of national intelligentsia.
Trends’ CEO Dr. Mohammed Abdulla Al-Ali said that the scientific and research cooperation agreement with Derasat is within the Advisory’s special direction towards fostering scientific and research partnerships with prominent and influential regional and global think tanks. Dr. Al-Ali aspires to the advancement of joint scientific research with Derasat, as one of the region’s leading centers, with its vital role in analyzing strategic developments at the national, regional, and international levels, as well as conducting relevant research that helps in understanding developing global issues.
Dr. Al-Ali affirmed that the rapid developments witnessed in the region and beyond, and their resulting challenges, require utilizing the role assumed by think tanks to counter them, especially by analyzing and anticipating current and future multi-level implications, while assembling perceptions and preparing proposals that help decision-makers in productively dealing with them.