Dow Innovation Centre to help transform Saudi Arabia into knowledge-based economy

Dow Innovation Centre to help transform Saudi Arabia into knowledge-based economy
Dows facility is inaugurated with Saudi Arabias Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al Falih, centre, and Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO Dow, second from right.
Published: 17 May 2018 - 2:04 a.m.
By: Jonathan Sheikh-Miller

The newly constructed Dow Innovation Centre at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia has been inaugurated. 

Located in KAUST’s Research and Technology Park, the centre will support Dow’s ramped-up research efforts to address critical needs in the kingdom and the region including increasing energy efficiency and minimising environmental footprint. The 13,500 square metre space, designed to achieve LEED gold certification, will house Dow’s research & development facilities and the newly established Dow Digital Marketplace Centre for the region.

State-of-the-art labs, research areas and offices will provide application development and technical services focused on oil and gas technology solutions, sustainable coating and construction solutions, and industrial chemicals for a variety of applications relevant to Saudi Arabia and the region.

The centre’s completion marks a significant stage in the growth of the KAUST Research and Technology Park, which is home to leading companies from Saudi Arabia and around the world. Nesma and Partners Contracting Company has been the official contractor for the Dow building and architectural firms HOK and Kirksey Architects designed exterior and interior of the centre respectively with Vanderweil Engineers delivering engineering.

 “The new Dow Innovation Centre marks the culmination of a decade long journey to have a dedicated facility focused on innovation and talent development to support the growth in the Kingdom,” stated Chuck Swartz, president, Dow Saudi Arabia.   “This facility is perfectly aligned to Dow’s strategy and our commitment to this region, employing a highly skilled workforce, a number already are graduates from KAUST with diverse backgrounds in science and engineering.”

 “The Dow Innovation Centre represents yet another milestone in Dow’s deep and growing commitment to the kingdom and region, which I am proud to say has been largely supported and facilitated by its partnership with KAUST over the years,” said Nadhmi Al Nasr, KAUST interim president. “By integrating the profound research developed at the university into industry solutions, the centre is helping to advance KAUST’s larger mission to drive the country’s future knowledge and innovation economy.”

In addition to research and innovation, it will also serve as a unique hub for direct knowledge exchange and talent development between KAUST and Dow. Through mutual collaboration including internships and research experience for KAUST students, postdocs and researchers, to opportunities for further academic pursuits and training of Dow’s employees, the centre will be key in continuing to shape and drive KAUST’s intellectual ecosystem.

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