Nanotech research gets royal approval in Saudi Arabia

HH King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to become honorary president of Saudi Society for Nanotechnology

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 18, 2008

HH King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has given his backing to nanotechnology research in the Kingdom, according to a report in Arab News newspaper.

Speaking at the opening of a nanotechnology conference in Jeddah, Higher Education Minister Dr. Khaled Al-Anqari said that King has agreed to become honorary president of the Saudi Society for Nanotechnology, and has given SR12 million ($3.2 million) for the foundation of a research centre at the King Abdulaziz University (KAU).

The centre is one of three in the Kingdom, all of which have been approved by King Abdullah.

The conference, which is being hosted by KAU, brings together experts on nanotechnology from around the globe, who will discuss research in the field and hopefully to form partnerships among other universities, according to Dr Sami Habeeb, director of the KAU Nanotechnology Center.

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