StampNews.com would like to introduce to our readers' attention the commemorative stamps released by Emirates Post celebrating key projects initiated so far by Sheikh Khalifa. By marking these moments, Emirates Post is helping acknowledge these projects for prosperity.
And the four chosen – Etihad Rail, Masdar City, Shams 1 solar farm and Khalifa Port – do reflect some of the most important steps forward during Sheikh Khalifa's presidency.
"Emirates Post Group is honoured to issue these stamps that celebrate four of the most significant projects undertaken by the UAE under the vision of the Sheikh Khalifa", said Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer, EPG.
"Each of these projects has strong historical significance and heralds a big leap for the UAE in four different fields. We are pleased to preserve these projects for posterity through these stamps that will carry their legacy to the whole world".
Etihad Rail was formed with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE's national railway, which will link the main centres of population and industry of the UAE, and will form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network. The development of the Etihad Rail network is in line with both the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2021.
Masdar City is a sustainable, low-carbon urban development and free zone offering a high-quality lifestyle where people live, work, play and learn. A growing education hub, Masdar City is home to Masdar Institute for Science and Technology, a research-based graduate university. Over 250 companies are located in Masdar City, including the Middle East headquarters of Siemens, International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) headquarters and offices of multinational firms, including GE, Schneider Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Shams 1 Solar Power Plant is the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in the Middle East and was developed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. Masdar partnered with Total and Abengoa to deliver the 100-megawatt solar-thermal project. The $600 million project took three years to build and covers an area of 2.5 km sq, or 285 football fields. Shams 1 generates electricity to power 20,000 homes in the UAE and contributes to the diversification of the UAE's energy mix reducing the country's carbon footprint.