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‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition opens in Science Centre Singapore.

Science Centre Singapore unveils the ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition


2012-04-14
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‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition opens in Science Centre Singapore

 

Science Centre Singapore unveils the ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition making its Asian debut on 16th April 2012. Embarking on an Asian tour, MTE Studios global traveling exhibition, also known as ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ reveals scientific achievements of Muslim civilization to Asian Audiences. Exploring scientific breakthroughs of a remarkable Era, the exhibition will run until 16 July 2012.

 

“We are delighted to be the first in Asia to host ‘Sultans of Science’ as we are confident that it will be an educating, engaging and entertaining experience for our visitors,” said Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.

 

Stepping back in time to the Golden Age of Islamic Science, when the decimal point revolutionized mathematics, when the principles of optics were first discovered, and when a man took to the skies on a feather-clad glider, this informative and thought-provoking exhibition shows visitors how a great civilization created prosperity across the world. The exhibition highlights important scientific and technological advances made during the Golden Age of Islam (7th - 17th Centuries), drawing attention to the multi-cultural roots of modern science and technology.

 

This civilization thrived on seeking knowledge and led to inventions, innovations, discoveries and prosperity. Its mathematicians invented algebra and algorithms that enabled the development of computers. Its doctors discovered the pulmonary heart circulation, undertook operations with surgical instruments very similar to modern surgical instruments and established efficient public hospitals. Its astronomers observed the heavens, developed astronomical tools to calculate their position on earth and paved the way for satellites and travel in space. Its engineers such as Al-Jazari and Banu Musa brothers laid the foundation of modern engineering and developed ingenious devices such as the first robot.

 

‘Sultans of Science’, global travelling exhibition at a previous venue (Image supplied by MTE Studios).

‘Sultans of Science’, global travelling exhibition at a previous venue (Image supplied by MTE Studios).

 

Children interacting with ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibits at a previous venue (Image supplied by MTE Studios).

Children interacting with ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibits at a previous venue (Image supplied by MTE Studios).

 

 

“Our aim is to reveal the remarkable achievements of Muslim civilization which helped pave the way for modern technologies and inventions. Asian audiences will be amazed to learn about the significant role the Islamic scholars have played in modern science, from astronomy to medicine to engineering to navigation and optics and these innovations and discoveries have helped in making mankind’s life easier today, said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios. “We are proud to launch ‘Sultans of Science’ at a prestigious venue like Science Centre Singapore”, added Verheyen.

 

Concluding at Singapore Science Centre on 16th July after a 3 month run, ‘Sultans of Science’ will open at the National Science Museum in Thailand on 11th August 2012 and then will go to visit The Discovery Science Centre in Malaysia and other venues across the continent.

 

 

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Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

Media Information

 

About ‘Sultans of Science’ (‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’):

 

‘Sultans of Science’ also known as ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society.

 

Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time. Visit http://www.sultans-of-science.com for more information.

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

Recently Bahrain's Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development has appointed MTE Studios to manage and run operations of the new state-of-the-art Bahrain Science Centre. One of the firm’s recent projects was the development of the Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information.

 

 

 

About Science Centre Singapore:

The Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among students and members of the public. As a leading Science Centre in the region, the Science Centre Singapore has twelve exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 18,000 sq metres of outdoor space showcasing the Waterworks, Ecogarden and the Kinetic Garden exhibits. The Centre also houses the Omni-Theatre — Singapore’s only dome shaped, 5-storey high theatre with a capacity of 276 seats. The Science Centre, with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, received more than 1.55 million visitors for FY2009/2010. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg

 

'Sultans of Science' exhibition's Asian tour debuts in Singapore.

2012-04-09
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'Sultans of Science' exhibition's Asian tour debuts in Singapore

Asia to discover scientific achievements of Muslim Civilization

 

The Asian tour of ‘Sultans of Science’, which is MTE Studios, global traveling exhibition will debut in Singapore mid April. Currently ending the first leg of the North American tour, the travelling exhibition will visit Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia beginning in the second quarter of 2012.

 

Following successful residencies in New Jersey, South Africa, Toronto, Edmonton and San Jose, Science Centre Singapore will be the first Asian venue to host the iconic exhibition also known as ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’. It will go on to visit National Science Museum in Thailand; Petrosains, The Discovery Centre in Malaysia and other venues across the continent.

 

As a leading Science Centre promoting science and technology in the region, Science Centre Singapore will reveal scientific achievements of the Muslim Civilisation to students and the community with the opening of ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition in mid April 2012 for a three-month run. The exhibition explores scientific breakthroughs of a remarkable era, which was one of the greatest in the world.

 

History text books refer to events when Europe slumbered in a period which is commonly known as the Dark Ages, but few people are aware of the tremendous contributions Muslim scholars made in science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islam (7th - 17th Centuries) which helped pave the way for the European Renaissance.

 

This civilization thrived on seeking knowledge and led to inventions, innovations, discoveries and prosperity. Its mathematicians invented algebra and algorithms that enabled the development of computers. Its doctors discovered the pulmonary heart circulation, undertook operations with surgical instruments very similar to modern surgical instruments and established efficient public hospitals. Its astronomers observed the heavens, developed astronomical tools to calculate their position on earth and paved the way for satellites and travel in space. Its engineers such as Al-Jazari and Banu Musa brothers laid the foundation of modern engineering and developed ingenious devices such as the first robot.


“This interactive exhibition invites visitors to explore the main fields of Muslim achievements, from mathematics to navigation, astronomy, medicine, instrument making, fine utilitarian technology, engineering, optics, architecture and flight. It will engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, inspire action and understanding across cultures,” said CEO, Ludo Verheyen from MTE Studios.

 

The Asian venues are excited to showcase this significant exhibition, which has received record number of visitors since its launch and believe in a successful Asian tour allowing visitors to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China. The host venues are delighted and believe that visitors will be fascinated to see numerous inventions brought to life through a diverse range of over 50 interactive, sensory and static exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age.

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Image 01 – Children interacting with ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibits at a previous venue

(Image supplied by MTE Studios).

 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

Media Information

 

About ‘Sultans of Science’ (‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’):

 

‘Sultans of Science’ also known as ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society.

 

Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time. Visit http://www.sultans-of-science.com for more information.

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

Recently Bahrain's Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development has appointed MTE Studios to manage and run operations of the new state-of-the-art Bahrain Science Centre. One of the firm’s recent projects was the development of the Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information.

 

 

The Asian venues are excited to showcase this significant exhibition, which has received record number of visitors since its launch and believe in a successful Asian tour allowing visitors to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China. The host venues are delighted and believe that visitors will be fascinated to see numerous inventions brought to life through a diverse range of over 50 interactive, sensory and static exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age.

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CAPTION:

 

Image 01 – Children interacting with ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibits at a previous venue

(Image supplied by MTE Studios).

 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

Media Information

 

About ‘Sultans of Science’ (‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’):

 

‘Sultans of Science’ also known as ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society.

 

Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time. Visit http://www.sultans-of-science.com for more information.

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

Recently Bahrain's Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development has appointed MTE Studios to manage and run operations of the new state-of-the-art Bahrain Science Centre. One of the firm’s recent projects was the development of the Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information.

 

 

High-Level MENA Delegation Scheduled for First-of-its-Kind Visit to ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ exhibition in United States.

2012-01-15
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The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) and the Union of Arab ICT Associations (IJMA3-USA) are leading a high-level delegation of Arab government officials and business leaders to the “Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered” exhibition at The Tech Museum in San Jose, California. The January 16 visit will include more than 50 senior officials and private sector representatives from 13 Arab nations, marking the first visit of its kind to the world renowned traveling exhibition, which is also known as “Sultans of Science”.

 


Snapshot of the Islamic Science Rediscovered exhibition in San Jose

 

“Delegates from the Middle East will be enthralled to know the scientific breakthroughs of a remarkable era, which was one of the greatest in the world. History text books refer to events when Europe slumbered in a period which is commonly known as the Dark Ages, but few people are aware of the tremendous contributions Muslim scholars made in science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islam (7th - 17th Centuries) which helped pave the way for the European Renaissance,” said, Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.

 

“We are delighted to provide our guests with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive viewing of this remarkable exhibition at The Tech Museum and to find out more about the scientific achievements of the Muslim Civilisation. We look forward to the tour, which has been popular in the USA and Canada since it was first exhibited in New Jersey,” said David Hamod, President and CEO of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Designed to unearth the scientific know-how of an Islamic Golden Age, the exhibition covers main fields of Muslim achievements, from mathematics to navigation, astronomy, medicine, instrument making, fine utilitarian technology, engineering, optics, architecture and flight. It will be displayed at The Tech Museum until the end of February.


“We look forward to the high profile delegates’ visit, and we appreciate NUSACC’s initiative to give this exposure and experience to their guests. The exhibition underscores the roots of Silicon Valley's innovations, and we would be delighted to work jointly with NUSACC in the future again,” added Verheyen.

 


 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

 

Media Information

  

About ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ (‘Sultans of Science’):
‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ also known as ‘Sultans of Science’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society.

Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

The exhibition, developed by MTE Studios features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.

About NUSACC

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established over 40 years ago, is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of American business in the Arab world and the premier private sector portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises.

The Chamber is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is registered under U.S. law as a 501-c-6 chamber of commerce. NUSACC is an independent, membership-driven entity that receives no income from foreign governments.

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce is the only business entity in the United States that is officially recognized and sanctioned by the League of Arab States and the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture. As such, NUSACC is a “sister chamber” and partner to the national chambers of commerce throughout the Arab world. Visit http://www.nusacc.org/about/index.php for more information.

 

 

 

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ opens at The Tech Museum.

2011-09-18
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The Tech Museum in San Jose pulled back the proverbial curtain on one of the world's most pioneering civilizations recently revealing an incredible exhibition ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ that boldly underlines the remarkable contributions of Muslim scholars from the Golden Age of Islam (700 – 1700 CE) in science and technology.

 

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’, global travelling exhibition at The Tech Museum (Image supplied by MTE Studios)

 

Guest speakers at the opening included the renowned essayist, playwright, attorney and humorist Wajahat Ali, Exhibition creator Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios of Dubai U.A.E and Cape Town, South Africa, San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo and The Tech Museum Board Chair Ann Bowers. The Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order of America took to the stage to perform the cultural whirling dance enchanting with soft, melodic sounds of the youth choir - dressed in ethnic garb - from the Muslim Community Association during the media preview of ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’. Media along with the guests had a preview and tour with exhibition creator, Ludo Verheyen.

 

Ann Bowers said, “Couple of years ago she was traveling overseas when she saw the ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ exhibition and was surprised out how little she knew about the Islamic Golden Age and its thinkers influence on modern medicine, mathematics, astronomy and more. Today the display at The Tech Museum is a far enhanced version of the previous exhibition.”

 

The dawn of the Islamic Golden Age in the 7th century was profoundly inspired by the instruction to seek and share knowledge. The 40-station, multi-media exhibition highlights how Muslims worked harmoniously alongside people of different faiths and races across Africa, Asia and Europe. The blockbuster exhibition ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ also known as ‘Sultans of Science’ covers the main fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control in a beautifully designed on a journey back through time.

 

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’, global travelling exhibition at The Tech Museum (Image supplied by MTE Studios)

 

"Islamic Science Rediscovered" is meant to focus on increasing knowledge and understanding of the many invaluable contributions that have come from the Islamic world," MTE Studios CEO Ludo Verheyen, said. "In addition to its potential to edify visitors, this exhibition powerfully encourages the building of bridges between all cultures and offers new perspectives."

 

Centuries before Orville and Wilbur Wright took flight, Abbas ibn Farnas was soaring over the hilly Spanish countryside in a one-man glider - a thousand years before the famed Wright flight in North Carolina. Al-Jazari busied himself laying the foundations of modern engineering and writing the Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices in 1206, where he described fifty mechanical devices along with instructions on how to build them. And Al-Khwarizmi had his sights set on the skies, launching the pioneering method of study and calculations for planetary movements.

 

The exhibit features displays that show how early Muslim thinkers from Cordoba, Spain tried to explain the flight of birds, while thinkers in Damascus decades ago pondered over mathematics and how to tally numbers.

 

Essayist and humorist Wajahat Ali, who was one of the featured speakers as an accompanying lecture series to go with the exhibit said, “The display is one step in helping Americans rediscover their moral compass by understanding a history they may not know.”

 

Some will debate whether Islamic civilization introduced the concept of zero to the world but there is no disputing that the San Jose Tech Museum is taking a bold step in hosting its newest exhibit, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’.

 

Researched and developed by Dubai and Cape Town based MTE Studios, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ the global touring exhibition has been to various venues in the last few years including Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey, Ontario Science Centre and The TELUS World of Science in Canada, where it garnered wide attention and accolades.


 


 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

Media Information

 

About ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ (‘Sultans of Science’):

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ also known as ‘Sultans of Science’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society. Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world. The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time. Visit http://www.sultans-of-science.com for more information.

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes. Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information

 

About Tech Museum:

 

The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.



MTE Studios, Professor Mike Bruton to Chair the 6th Science Centre World Congress.



2011-08-18
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Over 380 delegates from more than 60 countries including UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to attend the Congress

Dubai and Cape Town based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide, is honored to announce that their Director of Imagineering, Professor Mike Bruton, will chair the upcoming 6th Science Centre World Congress to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from September 4 to 8, 2011.


Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios and Professor Bruton will be part of the concurrent sessions addressing science centre and museum professionals from around the world at the Congress where the consultancy firm will also have a team available at the exhibition running parallel to the Congress. 


“The Science Centre World Congress is held every three years in a different continent. It is the main gathering of science centre professionals in the world and has three main goals: to assess the status of science centres worldwide and plot the way forward, to facilitate strategic discussions on new challenges and opportunities for science centres, and to promote the growth of science centres in the region in which the World Congress is being held. The 6th Science Centre World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, will be attended by over 380 delegates from more than 60 countries, including delegates from the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and various Muslim countries in North Africa. In addition, a three-day Capacity Building Workshop will be held before the main Congress to develop the skills of science centre professionals in Africa and the Middle East. MTE Studios is delighted to be a supporter of this exciting and inspiring event.” said Professor Bruton.


Recognized as one of the world’s leading museum and science centre professionals, Professor Bruton, along with his peers, will explore the relevance of the concept of the third paradigm museum, highlight the importance of building communities through science, investigate the role of science centres in the present environment, and discuss whether the science centre movement is colonialist. Ludo Verheyen with fellow delegates will highlight the opportunities created by acknowledging the multi-cultural roots of science and technology at the sessions.

"We're honored that our Imagineering Director, Professor Bruton will be chairing one of the most prestigious events, a gathering that directs strategic planning for the worldwide science centre movement. It is a perfect platform for delegates to meet from all corners of the globe to discuss issues facing science centres and the important role that science centres can play in increasing public engagement in science and technology,” said Verheyen. 


With the theme "Science Across Cultures", the 6th Science Centre World Congress will encourage reconciliation between different cultures and a greater appreciation of the role that science centres can play in highlighting each culture's unique contributions to science, technology and science education. In the plenary sessions, an international range of speakers will challenge the status quo and propose challenging new ideas. Sixty concurrent sessions on a range of challenging and inspiring topics will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic thinking in the science centre community today.


MTE Studios, creators of the ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display in the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai have also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, and recently delivered a turnkey science museum for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, celebrating the contributions of Muslim scholars in science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World. 


The exhibition has been showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa; the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, USA; Ontario Science Centre in Canada and The TELUS World Of Science in Edmonton, Canada. Due to popular demand, the exhibition will soon be hosted at The Tech Museum in the United States. In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

 

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered' due to popular demand returns to the US at the The Tech Museum.

The exhibits will be showcased at The Tech Museum from 3rd Sept 2011 until end of Feb2012.


2011-07-20
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‘Islamic Science Rediscovered' also known as ‘Sultans of Science', the global traveling exhibition created by Dubai and Cape Town based, MTE Studios returns revamped to United States due to popular demand. The highly interactive exhibits will be showcased at the world renowned The Tech Museum from 3rd September 2011 until end of February 2012 after its successful premiere at Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey.

The exhibition was also hosted by Ontario Science Centre and The TELUS World of Science in Canada. The discoveries from the golden age of Islam will fascinate visitors at the Science Centre as they see numerous inventions brought to life through a diverse range of over 40 interactive, sensory and static exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the
ingenuity of a golden age.
 
The exhibition looks at the social, scientific and technical achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, whilst celebrating the shared scientific heritage of other cultures demonstrating how modern inventions can trace their roots back to Muslim civilisation. There has been an overwhelming response from the multi-cultural community in San Jose to host ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered' at The Tech Museum.
 
The exhibition is expected to attract large audiences at the hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. In today's rapidly changing world, museums help societies in sustaining the well-being of society, providing education, promoting dialogue and understanding across cultures. “This dynamic exhibition challenges the way we examine history and encourages the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge in a global society,” said Mike Hackworth, Lead Director, The Tech Museum.
 
“Many of our visitors will be surprised to learn that from these ancient desert cities came the theory of vision, techniques of quantitative chemistry and trigonometry and the numeral systems that we use today.” MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen said, “Each dedicated cluster will educate and entertain visitors of all ages and expects to attract even bigger audiences at Tech Museum.
 
MTE Studios is honored to be working with such an accomplished and esteemed venue and looks forward to the opening at The Tech Museum which is perfectly located to maximize visitor numbers to the exhibition.” “The exhibition drew record crowds at previous venues allowing visitors to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China. We are delighted to take it a step further by taking it to various parts of the world. We have had tremendous interest from museums and science centres across the globe and we envision the exhibition travelling all around the world.” added Verheyen. The global touring exhibition celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Muslim World (700 – 1700 CE), and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on
the modern society.
 
The exhibition was conceptualized with the aim of creating an awareness of Muslim Scholars contributions to modern day society. The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history and the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge. Researched and developed by MTE Studios, the exhibition covers main fields of Muslim achievements, from mathematics to navigation, astronomy, medicine, instrument making, fine utilitarian technology, engineering, optics, architecture and flight.
 
MTE Studios unique exhibition has been to five venues in three countries. It was showcased at the MTN Science centre in Cape Town - South Africa as a soft launch and then travelled to USA and Canadian venues.
 
MTE Studios has also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, the multidisciplinary team delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the design of galleries and the development,
design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

 

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ due to popular demand returns to the US at the The Tech Museum.

2011-06-06
 Info 

 ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ also known as ‘Sultans of Science’, the global traveling exhibition created by Dubai and Cape Town based, MTE Studios returns revamped to United States due to popular demand. The highly interactive exhibits will be showcased at the world renowned The Tech Museum from 3rd September 2011 until end of February 2012 after its successful premiere at Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey. The exhibition was also hosted by Ontario Science Centre and The TELUS World of Science in Canada.

 

The discoveries from the golden age of Islam will fascinate visitors at the Science Centre as they see numerous inventions brought to life through a diverse range of over 40 interactive, sensory and static exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age. The exhibition looks at the social, scientific and technical achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, whilst celebrating the shared scientific heritage of other cultures demonstrating how modern inventions can trace their roots back to Muslim civilisation.


There has been an overwhelming response from the multi-cultural community in San Jose to host ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ at The Tech Museum. The exhibition is expected to attract large audiences at the hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. In today’s rapidly changing world, museums help societies in sustaining the well-being of society, providing education, promoting dialogue and understanding across cultures.

 

“This dynamic exhibition challenges the way we examine history and encourages the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge in a global society,” said Mike Hackworth, Lead Director, The Tech Museum.  “Many of our visitors will be surprised to learn that from these ancient desert cities came the theory of vision, techniques of quantitative chemistry and trigonometry and the numeral systems that we use today.”

 

 

MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen said, “Each dedicated cluster will educate and entertain visitors of all ages and expects to attract even bigger audiences at Tech Museum. MTE Studios is honored to be working with such an accomplished and esteemed venue and looks forward to the opening at The Tech Museum which is perfectly located to maximize visitor numbers to the exhibition.”

 

 

“The exhibition drew record crowds at previous venues allowing visitors to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China. We are delighted to take it a step further by taking it to various parts of the world. We have had tremendous interest from museums and science centres across the globe and we envision the exhibition travelling all around the world.” added Verheyen.

 

 

The global touring exhibition celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Muslim World (700 – 1700 CE), and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on the modern society.  The exhibition was conceptualized with the aim of creating an awareness of Muslim Scholars contributions to modern day society. The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history and the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge.

 

 

Researched and developed by MTE Studios, the exhibition covers main fields of Muslim achievements, from mathematics to navigation, astronomy, medicine, instrument making, fine utilitarian technology, engineering, optics, architecture and flight. MTE Studios unique exhibition has been to five venues in three countries. It was showcased at the MTN Science centre in Cape Town - South Africa as a soft launch and then travelled to USA and Canadian venues.

 

 

MTE Studios has also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, the multidisciplinary team delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in

 

 

Saudi Arabia. In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

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Image 01 – Elephant Clock – Glimpse of the upcoming ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ exhibition at The Tech Museum (Image supplied by MTE Studios)

 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on +971 503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

 

 

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About ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ (‘Sultans of Science’):

 

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ also known as ‘Sultans of Science’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society.

 

 

Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Islamic Science Rediscovered’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time. Visit

 

http://www.sultans-of-science.com for more information.

 

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

 

With offices in

 

Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information

 

 

About Tech Museum:

 

 

The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.

Professor Mike Bruton to address Science Centre and Museum professionals.

 MTE Studios reiterates lead consultancy position at ECSITE 2011 in Warsaw


2011-05-24
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Dubai and Cape Town based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide, will have their Director of Imagineering, Professor Mike Bruton, address Science Centre and Museum professionals from around the globe on 27th May at ECSITE 2011. The 22nd annual European Network of Science Centres and Museums Conference (ECSITE) will run from 26th to the 28th of May 2011 in Warsaw, Poland.

 

 

 


Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading Museum and Science Centre professionals, Professor Mike Bruton will speak on the challenges and rewards of creating a new science museum in Saudi Arabia. Recently, the multidisciplinary team at MTE Studios delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Based on this experience, Professor Bruton of MTE Studios will provide an overview of the experience in developing a new interactive science museum on a university campus in Saudi Arabia. He will also touch upon key areas and efforts which went into developing and finally delivering the turnkey project.

 


“We have been in this industry for over 11 years, and have gained invaluable experience in the conceptualization, design, manufacture and installation of turn-key interactive museums, as well as traveling exhibitions. Mike’s participation at the ECSITE conference reflects of our strong commitment towards building the future of museums in the region. As market leaders in turnkey museums, it is the perfect platform for us to network with our partners and industry peers,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The development of the museum in Saudi Arabia required careful consideration of Muslim attitudes towards the history and meaning of science and policies on language and sensitive issues. This was achieved by developing mutually agreed sub themes, storylines and take-home messages through frequent multi-cultural discussions, exhaustive scientific and social research, and an anonymous peer review system,” said Professor Bruton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa; the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, USA; Ontario Science Center in Canada and The TELUS World Of Science in Edmonton, Canada. Due to popular demand the exhibition will soon revisit the United States. In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

 

 

 

Unique Experience Centres on the rise in the region.

MTE Studios, market leaders in turnkey Museums and Science Centres to showcase at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2011


2011-04-12
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MTE Studios, market leaders in delivering turnkey experience centres and tailor made interactive exhibits and sculptures will be participating at the upcoming 'Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2011’, which will run from April 17 - 20, 2011 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The firm will showcase its unique design services in the area of architecture and turnkey museums and science centres in hall 6 at stand 6E38.

 

Numerous heritage experience centres planned for the region require expertise in customized architectural services. Recently in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, there's been accelerated activity related to such developments and is picking up momentum in the rest of the region. With its handful of museum projects such as the Louvre and Guggenheim leading the way, Abu Dhabi has already indicated in a relatively short span that such initiatives raise a destination's profile among the global audience.

 

“Public sector infrastructure projects are paving the way to provide state-of-the-art museums, science centres, schools and hospitals for the regions rapidly growing population. MTE Studios, the leader in delivering turnkey museums and science centres seeks to leverage on increasing museums and science centres projects in the region,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios.

 

MTE Studios will highlight their expertise at the event in projects like Experience Centres - Museums and Science Centres, Retail Environments, Theme Parks, Family Entertainment Centres and Sustainable Communities of the future. The company will also showcase its scope of services including Master Planning, Life-Scape Architecture, tailor made Interactive and Functional Sculptures and Project Management.

 

As lead consultants for premium projects, MTE Studios has a portfolio of world renowned projects in the UAE and Saudi that include the recently completed Museum of Science and Technology in Islam (MOSTI) at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The firm has led major projects in the UAE and beyond, including the design of the magnificent Ibn Battuta Mall, Mercato Mall, Pearls of Arabia,  conceptualising the masterplan for Dubailand and providing products and services such as activity zones, multimedia, interactive applications that enthrall the viewer and inspire the gaining of knowledge through fun and experimentation.

 

 

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Image 01: Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios

 

 

Image 02: Museum of Science and Technology in Islam (MOSTI) at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on 0507690087/0504828177/shereen@mtestudios.com Or Shamim Kasmani on 0503461538/ shamim@mtestudios.com

 

 

 

 

 

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MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information

 

 

 

Additional Resources

 

 

To view our latest projects click on the following links:

 

 

 

 

 

*MOSTI Video

http://www.sultans-of-science.com/videos/index_dynamic/Corporate/list/179/detail/

 

 

 

 

 

*Sultans of Science Video

http://www.sultans-of-science.com/videos/index_dynamic/Corporate/list/178/detail/

MTE Studios represents UAE at ISTAC Conference in Malaysia.

Internation Conference on Islamic Science and the Contemporary world brought together Muslim scholars from around the world

 


2010-12-13
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Dubai based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide had a strong presence at “2nd ISTAC International Conference On Islamic Science and the Contemporary World” recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), opened the conference with the theme “Islamic Science in Tertiary Education” which gathered Muslim scholars from around the world.

 

The two day symposium organized by ISTAC was a part of an ongoing series of international conferences on contributions from notable Muslim scholars from the past as well as the prevailing academics and thinkers in general with relevance to present-day Islamic civilization. The first topic was “Islamic Science and the Contemporary World with the theme, Islamic Science in Contemporary Education. Speakers from local institutions and from around the world’s leading philosophers of science, including government agencies, ministries and embassies, as well as international institutions and universities presented papers during the forum.

 

“The conference provided an exceptional platform to exchange meaningful ideas and exposed scholars, members and students to significant intellectual discourse. MTE Studios’ presence reiterated our commitment to enhance our research and develop a better understanding of definitive philosophies of Islamic Science and the role it has played towards increasing society’s understanding and participation in science and technology. The exposure this event has given will help us enhance the content of our ‘Sultans of Science’, global travelling exhibition,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.

 

“We received an overwhelming response at the conference as Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) visited our stand and was impressed with our  online platform which we have developed to educate visitors about the great Muslim minds and their contributions to modern civilisation,” added Verheyen.

 

MTE Studios is known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been to 4 venues in 3 countries including MTN Science centre in Cape Town - South Africa, The Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey, The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and in Houston. Our current venue is TELUS World of Science in Canada where it is currently being showcased until 7th September, 2010.

 

The interactive exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of the Muslim World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.

 

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Image 01: Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia with ISTAC representatives discussing the interactivity of the Sultans of Science platform during 2nd ISTAC International Conference On Islamic Science and the Contemporary World at the MTE stand.

 

Press release issued on behalf of MTE Studios FZ LLC. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on 0507690087/0504828177 or shereen@mtestudios.com/ pr@mtestudios.com

 

 

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About ‘Sultans of Science’:

 

‘Sultans of Science’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society. Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Sultans of Science’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information

MTE Studios collaborates with Al Aghar Group for World Expo.

Interactive exhibits a big hit at the Arab League Pavilion in Shanghai


2010-12-13
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MTE Studios, a consultancy firm well known for their lifescape architectural projects and world class interactive exhibitions on socio-cultural and scientific topics for museums, science and immersive experience centers, collaborated with Al-Aghar Group for strategic thinking, an independent non-profit think tank focusing on social, cultural and economic issues in Saudi Arabia, for World Expo in Shanghai.

 

The six-month event brought under one roof many different cultures of the world. Being the first World Exposition on the theme of city, Exposition 2010 attracted governments and people from across the world, focusing on the theme "Better City, Better Life."

 

Al Aghar Group showcased MTE Studios interactive exhibits at the Arab League Pavilion. Visitors had hands-on experience of Zheng He model boat, Elephant Water Clock and two South-Facing Chariots encouraging visitors of all ages to discover and understand some aspects of the contribution of historic scholars to science and technology.

 

“This exhibition is very important for us, it showcases our legacy as Muslims and our contribution to the world in pioneering knowledge societies that have, over time, produced some of the most important technologies and discoveries of today’s world,” Said Fahad Abu Alnaser, CEO Al Aghar Group. The group has successfully developed the Knowledge Society Strategy for Saudi Arabia and it’s vision to be productive and competitive at the international level by the year 1444 H.

 

“Visitors were enthralled by the elephant clock which represented an example of the influence historic engineers like Al Jazari had through their various inventions and contributions and how some of the principles are still used in modern society,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.

 

“This is our first collaboration with Al Aghar Group and we look forward to working with them in the future to strengthen scientific cooperation and cultural exchange,” added Verheyen.

 

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai have also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and recently delivered a turnkey science museum for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

 

 More than 70 million visitors attended the Shanghai World Expo.

 

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Image 01: Elephant Water Clock displayed at the Shanghai World Expo

 

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About Al Aghar Group:

 

Al-Aghar group for strategic thinking is as an independent non-profit think tank focusing on social, cultural and economic issues.

 

Our strategic goals

• Setting out visions and preparing strategic studies on economic and social issues.

• Conducting studies on national economic, social, and international issues that concern Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and the Middle East.

• Preparing studies that contribute to organizing Saudi labor market and human resources development.

• Prepare and support scientific and specialized studies to create suitable atmosphere for transforming the kingdom into a knowledge society.

• Organizing workshops and scientific meetings and seminars with the participation of national and international experts.

• Building and preparing national expertise for strategic thinking.

• Preparing and integrated database to serve the group’s objectives and activities.

 

Our methodology

Al-Aghar Workshop Methodology for preparing strategies can be summarized in the following points:

• Conducting brain storming work shop that include different segments of Saudi Society (Business men & business women - intellectuals, officials, academics, government leaders – l – youth groups.

• The role of experts, stake holders, and social enabler in the work shop is to constitute the main source of input to develop the strategy.

• Al-Aghar role is to act as a facilitator, organizing, and guiding the discussion

 

Transforming the Kingdom into a knowledge society

Al-Aghar Group, in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank, has called for holding three workshops (in Jeddah, Jubail, and Riyadh) during the year 2006, to involve 300 of intellectuals from different sectors of the society to develop strategic alternatives for the Kingdom economically, socially, and culturally.

 

The KSS Vision

To be a knowledge Society which is productive and competitive at the international level by the year 1444 H.

 

 

About MTE Studios:

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.

 

MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information.

 

About ‘Sultans of Science’:

 

‘Sultans of Science’ is a global travelling exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society. Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Sultans of Science’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.

 

The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.

MTE Studios impresses audience at NAMES 2010 in Kuwait.
Firm reiterates lead consultancy position for Museum and Science Centers at the Conference
2010-10-20
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Dubai-based MTE Studios had a strong representation with high profile speakers at the NAMES 2nd General Assembly Meeting (NAMES 2010) organized by The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK).

Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios and Professor Mike Bruton addressed museum & science center professionals from around the world at the conference where the consultancy firm had a team at the exhibition stand. The theme of the conference “Science for Improved Knowledge and Prosperity” brought together international speakers and exhibitors from around the world to discuss progressive innovations that lead to the creation of new industries.

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and recently delivered a turnkey science museum for King Abdullah Universtiy of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Science centre in Cape Town, South Africa; the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, USA; Ontario Science Center in Canada and TELUS World Of Science in Edmonton, Canada.

MTE Studios to address regional Museums and Science Center Professionals at NAMES 2010.
Firm highlights lead consultancy position in Kuwait
2010-10-07
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Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centers and museum galleries worldwide will have a presence at the exhibition booth and provide high profile speakers at the upcoming NAMES 2nd General Assembly Meeting (NAMES 2010) to be held on 16-17 October, 2010 at the Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK).

 

Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios and Professor Mike Bruton will address museum & science center professionals from around the world at the two day conference where the consultancy firm will have a team available at stand 7 of the exhibition. The theme of the conference “Science for Improved Knowledge and Prosperity” will bring together international speakers and exhibitors from around the world to discuss progressive innovations that lead to the creation of new industries

 

Speaking on turnkey solutions for the establishment of museums in the region, Ludo Verheyen will share his experience in overcoming some of the legal, administrative, cultural, linguistic and technical challenges that can emerge when setting up a new experience centre in the region. A strong emphasis will be placed on the need for holistic, consultative planning and the efficient integration of international teams of experts.

 

Ludo has led major projects in the UAE and beyond, including the design of the magnificent Ibn Battuta Mall, conceptualising the masterplan for Dubailand and providing products and services such as activity zones, multimedia, interactive applications that enthral the viewer and inspire the gaining of knowledge through fun and experimentation.

 

“We have been in Dubai for over 10 years, and have gained invaluable experience in the conceptualization, design, manufacture and installation of turn-key interactive museums, as well as traveling exhibitions. Our participation at NAMES reflects of our strong commitment towards building the future of museums in the region. As market leaders in delivering turnkey museums, it is the perfect platform for us to network with our partners and industry peers,” said Ludo.

 

Based on the experience gained worldwide in the science Centre field, Professor Mike Bruton of MTE Studios will provide an overview of the experience of presenting historic science using cutting-edge modern techniques. The new Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia is a prime example. 

 

“Where economic growth is driven by the skills and innovative capacity of people; it requires progressive innovations that will improve the competitiveness of existing business and lead to the creation of new industries. On the other hand in today’s rapidly changing world, museums help society in sustaining the well-being of society, providing education, promoting dialogue and understanding of other cultures in our increasingly global society and economy,” concluded Ludo.

 

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and recently delivered a turnkey science museum for King Abdullah Universtiy of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Science centre in Cape Town, South Africa; the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, USA; Ontario Science Center in Canada and TELUS World Of Science in Edmonton, Canada.

MTE Studios receives huge visitor response at the opening of Cityscape Global 2010.

2010-10-05
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MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions receives huge visitor response as 'Cityscape Global 2010’ opened today.


Confident in the regional property market, MTE Studios strengthens its project management and consultancy position by leveraging on the presence of potential partners and clients. The firm showcases its unique design services in the area of themed architecture at its booth, which is in hall 4 at stand A05 at the event.


“We received an overwhelming response at our stand as the event opened today with inquires on design, project management, art direction of themed architectural projects and specific inquires related to museums and science centers,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios. Our architectural and artistic ability enables us to translate the vision of our clients into inspiring and tangible architectural concepts and storyboards, followed by design development, detail design, method statements, tender documentation, project management and art direction during construction. This, combined with our extensive expertise and experience in various architectural fields, makes us a strategic partner for iconic projects that intends to set a new bar in the region’s architecture realm.”


“We believe that being part of Cityscape Global has allowed us to highlight our unique expertise to a wide scope of potential industry players, “added Verheyen.


Well-known as lead consultants for premium projects, MTE Studios has a portfolio of world renowned clients in the UAE and Saudi that include the recently completed Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.


MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.


The company is particularly well known for translating unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE Studio’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

MTE Studios to market travelling exhibitions and activity zones at ASTC 2010 in Hawaii.

2010-09-27
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Dubai based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm well known for their turnkey
themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum
galleries worldwide is set to create awareness of the company’s travelling
exhibitions and activity zones at the upcoming ‘ASTC 2010 Annual Conference’,
which will run from October 2-5, 2010 in Honolulu - Hawaii. The team will be
available at Booth 527 at the event.

 

“The conference gives us an excellent platform to create awareness for
our ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition and provides museums and science center
professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas
and discuss the industry’s leading issues,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE
Studios.

 

MTE Studios is known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition,
‘Sultans of Science’, which has been to various venues in countries that
include the United States, South Africa and Canada.

 

Researched and manufactured by MTE Studios, the exhibition celebrates
the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during
the first Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence of their
discoveries and inventions in contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab
and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering,
exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.

 

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’
permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also
played a major role in the research, design, manufacture and installation of
numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and
recently delivered a turnkey science museum for King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia that included numerous
interactive exhibits, an object theatre and state of the art AV and lighting
installations.

 

“Our in-house experts provide turn-key creative and responsive solutions
plus our extensive resources, expert skills and interdisciplinary experience
give us an edge over the competitors to deliver turnkey museums. MTE Studios
assists cultural institutions, museums and science centres to understand their
audiences and make the right business decisions. We provide detailed analysis
and advice tailor-made for the client’s requirements and capabilities. Our
participation at ASTC 2010 will give us an opportunity to present our expertise
to key industry professionals,” concluded Verheyen.

 

With the theme Ho’okele –To Navigate, the Annual Conference, will have
100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making
science centers more essential to their communities. There’s an exciting,
high-energy atmosphere at the Annual Conference, plus a great lineup of dynamic events, thought-provoking sessions on timely issues and challenges,
field-relevant exhibits, networking opportunities with colleagues and vendors.

MTE Studios gears up for Cityscape Global 2010.

Themed architecture firm to showcase unique design services at the event.

 


2010-09-21
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MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions is set to participate and interact with industry peers, clients at the upcoming 'Cityscape Global 2010’, which will run from October 4 - 7, 2010 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
 

Confident in the regional property market, MTE Studios is geared to strengthen its project management and consultancy position by leveraging on the presence of potential partners and clients at the event. The firm will showcase its unique design services in the area of themed architecture at its booth, which will be in hall 4 at stand A05 at the event.

"Our architectural and artistic ability enables us to translate the vision of our clients into inspiring and tangible architectural concepts and storyboards, followed by design development, detail design, method statements, tender documentation, project management and art direction during construction. This, combined with our extensive expertise and experience in various architectural fields, makes us a strategic partner for iconic projects that intends to set a new bar in the region’s architecture realm,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.” 

“We believe that being part of Cityscape Global will allow us to highlight our unique expertise to a wide scope of potential industry players, “added Verheyen.
 

Well-known as lead consultants for premium projects, MTE Studios has a portfolio of world renowned clients in the UAE and Saudi that include the recently completed Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

 

MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.


The company is particularly well known for translating unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes.  Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE Studio’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.

 

MTE Studios ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition to reach Edmonton.

2010-05-10
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‘Sultans of Science’, the global traveling exhibition created by Dubai and Cape Town based, MTE Studios will be showcased at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton from May 19th until September 7th 2010.

The Arab and Muslim discoveries will fascinate visitors at the Science Centre as they see numerous inventions brought to life through more than 40 magnificent interactive exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting-edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age.

Researched and manufactured by MTE Studios, the exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.

MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen said, “‘Sultans of Science’ is a unique exhibition, which not only provides visitors with an insight and rediscovery of missing history, but it also sends a powerful and positive message to the world about the way we evaluate history, bridge cultural gaps and realise the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge.” “We look forward to the opening at TELUS World of Science which is an ideal venue for the exhibition.”

“We are delighted to host Sultans of Science in Alberta,” said George Smith, President & CEO of TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.  “Our many members and visitors always respond well to high-quality exhibitions that engage them on many levels, and this one certainly fits that bill.  It shines a light on both a region and a time of rich scientific development that many of us are unaware of, and helps us realize how interconnected our histories and our cultures really are.”

MTE Studios has also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, the multidisciplinary team delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums. ‘Sultans of Science’, has travelled to global venues including the MTN Science centre in Cape Town, South Africa; the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, USA and the Ontario Science Center.

‘The exhibition has had an overwhelming response from visitors at the previous venues in the USA and we are delighted to take it a step further by taking it to various parts of the world. We have had tremendous interest from museums and science centres across the globe including Europe and Asia and we envision ‘Sultans of Science’ travelling all around the world.” added Verheyen.


 

MTE Studios to represent UAE at ECSITE 2010 in Germany.

Firm further strengthens market leader position in the Middle East


2010-05-09
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MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide will be representing the UAE at the upcoming 21st annual European Network of Science Centres and Museums Conference (ECSITE) from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2010 in Dortmund, Germany.

The event will bring together Science centre and museum professionals from around the world with three days of challenging sessions and discussions, social events and business opportunities preceded by two days of in-depth pre-conference meetings and workshops. Among the corporate sponsors and exhibitors, MTE Studios hopes to further strengthen their position as market leaders in the Middle East. It is the firm’s third consecutive participation and the team will be available at stand number 40.

“At ECSITE, we become aware of cutting edge products and services available for experience centres. Our participation at ECSITE reflects our desire to collaborate and share knowledge with organizations and as market leaders in the Middle East for turnkey museums, it is the perfect platform for us to network with our partners and industry peers,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.

“MTE Studios’ presence here reiterates our commitment to enhance the knowledge of our creative and production team by learning about the latest trends in science communication and new exhibition techniques,” added Verheyen.

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey and recently delivered a turnkey science museum for King Abdullah Universtiy of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa, the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, USA and the Ontario Science Center in Canada.

The interactive exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of the Muslim World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.

“The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history, bridge cultural gaps and identifies the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge,” added Verheyen. In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

MTE Studios has also completed an exhibition on the latest nuclear reactor technology for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, and a unique, modular water activity zone with various interactive components that include a water tower, water wheel, boat races, vortex experiments, weirs and a plumber’s tool kit. The company is also behind the popular interactive activity zone, ‘Build a City’, where children learn to build, construct and work together to achieve mutual goals on a miniature-building site.
 

 

Arab and Muslim Science Legacy on Tour.

Venues in Canada, Chicago and Seattle confirmed


2010-04-30
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Dubai, UAE: Coinciding with the first international conference on Arabs’ and Muslims’ History of Sciences, which has been hailed as a remarkable success by participants and leading scholars, Dubai based MTE Studios has received confirmation from three leading international venues to host their global interactive traveling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science – Islamic Science Rediscovered’.


According to Professor Hamid Al Naimiy, President of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, the conference which was inaugurated by H.H. Dr Sheik Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council not only recognises Muslims’ scientific achievements but also sets an agenda for the next steps for future advancements in science and technology from the region. Awareness of these achievements through interactive exhibitions like ‘Sultans of Science’ will be monitored and enhanced through further research.

 

The conference, held at the University of Sharjah also highlighted the efforts to restore historic manuscripts by the Juma Al Majid Heritage and Cultural Centre, one of MTE Studios key research collaborators for the traveling exhibition. ‘Sultans of Science’ was developed with the support of an extensive group of research affiliates and institutes such as the Juma Al Majid Heritage and Cultural Centre and the Research House for Islamic Studios & Heritage in Dubai.

 

Other than the global traveling exhibition, MTE Studios is also well-known in the UAE for the design and manufacture of the magnificent ‘1000 years of Knowledge Rediscovered’, a permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, that celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

 

 

The exhibition covers the Arab and Muslim scientific endeavor including architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics, fine and utilitarian technology, and water control.

 

Arab and Muslim discoveries and inventions are brought to life through more than 40 magnificent interactive exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age. The functional replica of Al Jazari’s eight metre high Elephant Water Clock in the India Court is one of the visitors’ favourite stops when visiting the UAE.

 

MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen said, “The exhibition was conceptualized with the aim of creating an awareness and appreciation of the Arab and Muslim contribution to modern society. It also sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history and the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge.”

The exhibition’s success has prompted MTE Studios to develop the exhibition further into a global traveling exhibition for a five-year tour in North America. The exhibition opened at Liberty Science Centre, New Jersey in July 2007 and will continue its journey to various states in the USA and Canada.

 

“This exhibition’s alignment with our mission and its timelines provides a broader context to current global happenings, especially within the United States and makes it a natural fit to be the first traveling exhibition in our newly renovated and expanded facility,” said Dr Emlyn Koster, President and CEO of Liberty Science Centre.

 

Two additional versions of the traveling exhibition are currently being manufactured for permanent installation and for tours of the Asian and European continents respectively.

 

With a team that is focused on interactive learning experiences and has been fascinated by the heritage of Arab and Muslim scholars throughout history, MTE Studios has developed the expertise and reputation that will see no stone unturned to bring the important and valuable knowledge of the Arab and Muslim scholars of antiquity to the World.

 

“We continue to be surprised at the wealth of knowledge that exists in the works of the scholars of antiquity,” said Verheyen. “The conference at University Sharjah has brought useful information to light, and I have no doubt it will act as a platform for the research and development of new interactive exhibits that will be used to communicate the message of Muslims’ contribution to science and technology worldwide.”

 

Cityscape 2009 Witnesses Increased Interest in Themed Projects.

2010-04-29
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12 October 2009 - Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specialising in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions witnessed increased traffic to their stand at Cityscape as compared to the last two years with numerous enquiries on design, project management and art direction of themed architectural projects.

 

 

 

Well-known as lead consultants for the themed Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai and for their original concept work for Dubailand as well as their world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide, the MTE Studios team also received more enquiries relating to culture and heritage projects and for experience centres as compared to previous years at Cityscape.

 

According to MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen, “Cityscape 2009 has been the best year for us as the real estate industry has had time to reflect on the yesteryears and what attractions made a project successful. Having a themed element within a project makes it stand out and has added value offers for the consumer and more developers within the region have come to realize this fact.”

 

“Being In the Middle East also reiterates our commitment to the region and we constantly enhance the knowledge of our creative architecture and design team by learning about the latest trends and technology within our industry,” added Verheyen.

 

“There is an increased demand from clients for inspiring architectural concepts and storyboards which we then follow up by design development, detail design, method statements, tender documentation, project management and art direction during construction. In addition to the design, we offer unique themes for mixed use developments, family entertainment centres, museums, science centres, theme parks and retail environments,” reiterated Verheyen.

 

MTE Studios has a portfolio of clients that include Nakheel, Dubailand, Saudi Aramco (King Abdullah University for Science & Technology), as well as interactive exhibits clients that include the National Science Centre and Petrosains in Malaysia, the Ministry of Higher Education in Namibia, the Boyden Observatory, MTN Sciencentre, SAASTA Interactive Science Park, Topkapi Palace in Turkey and the SciBono Discovery Centre in South Africa.

 

Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture & Heritage.

2010-04-29
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Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture & Heritage


Dubai-UAE: Cape-Town and Dubai based MTE Studios, specializing in themed architecture and edutainment exhibitions, and Juma al-Majid Centre for Culture & Heritage signed an agreement for sharing resources today at the latter’s premises.


The agreement entitles MTE Studios to share Juma Al Majid Centre’s historical manuscripts to be featured in the global Iconic exhibition called ‘1000 Years Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanently based at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai U.A.E. as well as the updated traveling version of it, ‘Sultans of Science’ currently showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town.
Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding Muslim contributions, ‘Sultans of Science’ started its global journey from, Cape Town in November 2006, to ensure its message is far reaching through science centers and museums around the world. The content features over 30 interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.


Delighted with the agreement signing, Mr. Juma Al Majid stated: “The Heritage Centre holds a wealth of resources including manuscripts, texts and other valuable documents on Islamic History, Culture and Arts, some of them dating centuries back. By signing this agreement with MTE Studios, we are imparting historical knowledge through a more modern and ingenious medium that is more accessible to the younger generation”.


Juma al-Majid Centre for Culture & Heritage is home to over 250,000 book titles and 100,000 manuscripts, the ideal for students and researchers from all over the world. The Centre restores books and manuscripts, and allows researchers the use of its priceless collection.
Ludo Verheyen, Director of MTE Studios replied to Mr. Al Majid’s statement saying: “MTE Studios values education more than anything and in today’s world, education has to be presented with a culturally valuable message accurately and in a medium that attracts children. We have the skills and experience to create educational interactive displays that are more accessible to the younger generation today, but extensive resources are always necessary to achieve our projects. Having access to Juma Al Majid Centre is an ideal resource for any researcher on the History of Islam”.


Both exhibitions seek to reinforce the scientific cooperation and cultural exchange, and to preserve the rich Islamic and Arabic culture and heritage and make the world aware of Islamic culture and Muslim contribution towards Science and Technology

 

 

MTE Studios partners with research specialists.

House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival


2010-04-29
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MTE Studios partners with Dubai’s Research House for
Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival


Dubai, UAE : Cape-Town and Dubai based MTE Studios, specializing in themed architecture and edutainment exhibitions, signed a supervision of project agreement recently with The Research House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival in Dubai at the latter’s premises.
The agreement includes the Academic supervision and contribution of The Research House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival towards the global Iconic exhibition called ‘1000 years of knowledge rediscovered’ at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai U.A.E. as well as a global traveling exhibition ‘Sultans of Science’ currently showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape-Town.


Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Sultans of Science’ will travel globally to ensure its message is far reaching through science centers and museums around the world. Purely informative and enlightening in content the exhibition is not politically or religiously motivated. The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.


Both exhibitions seek to reinforce the scientific cooperation and cultural exchange, and to preserve the rich Islamic and Arabic culture and heritage and make the world aware of Islamic culture and Muslim contribution towards Science and Technology.

'Sultans of Science' goes to Ontario.

A 1000 Years of knowledge rediscovered


2010-04-29
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The Ontario Science Centre Presents
Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge R
ediscovered Exhibition Explores Scientific Breakthroughs of a Remarkable Era


Dubai, UAE: Step back in time to the Golden Age of Islamic Science, when the decimal
point revolutionized mathematics, when the principles of optics were first discovered,
and when a man took to the skies on a feather-clad glider. The Ontario Science Centre
is proud to present Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered, making
its Canadian debut Feb. 5 and running to May 10, 2009.


Developed by Cape Town and Dubai-based MTE Studios, this informative and thoughtprovokingexhibition shows visitors how a great civilization created prosperity across
large areas of the known world, from Spain to China. This exhibition highlights important
scientific and technological advances made during the Golden Age of Islamic Science
(circa eighth to 18th centuries), drawing attention to the multi-cultural roots of modern
science and technology.


“This exhibition introduces us to a fundamental truth about science today – namely that
science has a past,” said Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Director, Visitor Experience.
“Modern science, from astronomy to medicine to physics and chemistry, owes an
enormous debt to the discoveries of scientists working during the Golden Age of Islamic
Science. The knowledge displayed in this exhibition is important to everyone in our
society.”


“Presenting this exhibition clearly demonstrates the Science Centre is committed to
reflecting the diversity of the community and visitors to the Centre,” says Jehad
Aliweiwi, Ontario Science Centre Board member. “This is a bold and pioneering
exhibition that should be welcomed and embraced. Toronto’s diverse communities
have a lot to celebrate in an exhibition of this nature.”


This 700 m² exhibition features functional large-scale models, interactive maps, puzzles
and videos that take visitors back to an era where innovation was encouraged and
scholarship was highly valued.


“There is a spirit of invention, innovation and creativity in the Islamic world which led
society in the past and can lead us to an even more prosperous future. We hope that
the exhibition triggers constructive debate on the importance of building bridges
between civilizations, keeping knowledge alive and ensuring that it is passed on to
others,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.


Exhibition sections are built around nine themes:
• Flight
• Medical inventions
• Islamic astronomy
• Mathematics, art and architecture
• Optical science
• Fine technology
• Applied hydrology
• Great explorers
• The House of Wisdom


To complement the Sultans of Science exhibition, the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX®
Theatre will feature the IMAX documentary Journey to Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn
Battuta. This film retraces the steps of Ibn Battuta, as he traveled from Tangier to Mecca
to perform the Hajj in 1325. Through the generosity of the Munk Centre for International
Studies, free school group admissions for specific screenings of the film are offered from
February 11 to March 12, 2009

 

 

 

Islamic Science Rediscovered.

2010-04-28
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Islamic Science Rediscovered National Premiere at Liberty Science Center through January 6, 2008


Travelling Exhibition Explores the Extraordinary Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World

Quick, who designed the first flying apparatus? If you answered that it was the Wright brothers in the 19th century or even DaVinci in the 15th century, you may be surprised to find that you’re not even close. Records show that the earliest known person to build and pilot a flying device was Abbas Bin Firnas in ninth century Islamic Spain.

American schools tend to offer a narrow glimpse of history as seen through a decidedly Western lens, but certain time periods and cultures developed technologies that are as intriguing as they are surprising to those who don’t know about them.

Liberty Science Center is proud to host the national premiere of Islamic Science Rediscovered, a traveling exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (circa 8th to 18th centuries CE), and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

This important exhibition, developed by Cape Town and Dubai-based MTE Studios, will encourage visitors of all ages to discover and understand how a great civilization created prosperity across large areas from Spain to China. Knowledge was valued and innovation encouraged, leading to high levels of achievement in mathematics, science and technology.

“This exhibition’s alignment with our mission and its timeliness to provide a broader context to current global happenings, especially in the United States, make it a natural fit to be the first traveling exhibition in our newly renovated and expanded facility,” says Dr. Emlyn Koster, president and CEO.

MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen, said that the exhibition was conceptualized with the aim of creating an awareness and appreciation of Islamic contributions to modern day society. “The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history and the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge,” said Verheyen.


Islamic Science Rediscovered focuses on nine disciplines that were greatly influenced by Muslim scholars, such as astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, medicine, optics, water control, mathematics, art and architecture. Each area discusses the impact of Muslim scholarship and introduces historically relevant Muslim scientists and their contributions.

The Souk

After guests visit a re-created Souk, or Arabic market, as part of the introduction and orientation to the exhibition, they’ll discover these exciting experiences:
 

Pioneers of Flight

This area features a model of the flying machine successfully launched by Abbas Bin Firnas in 880 CE in Spain, along with an interactive aerodynamics display and an interactive kinetic model that simulates the movement of a bird’s wing.
 

Medical Inventions and Discoveries

Here guests will learn about the knowledge ancient Islamic physicians had of the human body. They can grip a pulse sensor to see their own heartbeats displayed against a backdrop of Ibn Nafi’s groundbreaking diagram of the human circulatory system dating to 1242 CE and examine replicas of his sophisticated surgical tools that are surprisingly similar to those in use today.
 

The World of Islamic Astronomy

The Islamic world excelled in astronomy. In fact, by the ninth century, all astronomers used one language – Arabic – to communicate, much as English is used by scientists around the world today. Guests can use a Quadrant to measure the angle between two stars; experiment with an Armillary Sphere to plot the relative movement of stars and planets; and use an Astrolab – essentially a hand-held computer that works in two dimensions – to figure out the time of day by measuring the height of a star above the horizon.

 

Mathematics, Art and Architecture

Islamic mathematicians devised complex mathematical formulas and developed geometric and trigonomical solutions to mysteries of astronomy, optics and engineering. Four hands-on exhibits will introduce guests to the patterns and principles of Arabic art and architecture in Design Arabic Ornaments and The Magic of Islamic Architecture.

 

The Foundation of Optical Science

The tenth century Muslim physician Al Haytham invented the pinhole camera, discovered how the eye works, studied eye disease, developed accurate theories about the laws of refraction -- how light bends -- and understood that light is made up of distinct colors, explaining the rainbow effect. Liberty Science Center guests can conduct various experiments at Al Haytham’s Optical Laboratory including those using convex and concave lenses, refraction, prisms and a pinhole camera.

 

Fine Technology and Invention
Using delicate mechanisms, Islamic master engineers developed automated devices ranging from practical items to clever inventions intended simply for amusement. Guests can explore hands-on activities about the four main principles used in these inventions to understand how they operated, then marvel at eight engaging displays including a working, four-foot tall recreation of Al-Jazari’s Elephant Clock, a kinetic sculpture with secret doors and musicians playing instruments that once stood over 20 feet tall, as well as the beautiful Scribe Clock. They can also enjoy recreations of “trick” devices that played a perpetual flute, dispensed water in regular intervals for hand washing and other amusements.

 

Applied Hydrology

As medieval Muslim cities grew into large urban centers, engineers were challenged to solve problems such as providing reliable water supplies. To do so, they created a variety of ingenious Water-Raising Machines by fashioning new kinds of components:

pistons, wheels, cogs and crank shafts. Guests can see interactive models of five types of water-raising devices and try them out using their own energy instead of water.

 

Great Explorers

Muslim explorers and traders traveled over vast distances from China to Central Africa and guests may marvel at a four-foot model of a ship commanded by Chinese Muslim Admiral Zheng He in the 13th century. The ship was one of a fleet of 300, each a vast floating city with stables and vegetable gardens for extended journeys.
Visitors can also examine a copy of Zheng He’s magnetic compass then experiment with interactive activities including a “spoon” compass and a mariner’s compass.

 

The House of Wisdom


This vital institution of higher learning was founded in Baghdad in the ninth century and attracted an international cadre of scholars. In the Interactive Library, guests will learn about the main achievements of those associated with the House of Wisdom, such as the creation of algebra. They can even use a touch screen to prompt a virtual librarian to present them with virtual books on the history of the House of Wisdom.

MTE Studios takes lead at the 1st Future Museums Conference.

2010-04-04
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Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide will have a booth and high profile speakers at the upcoming Future Museums Congress to be held from June 7 to 9, 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Ludo Verheyen, CEO and Professor Mike Bruton from MTE Studios will address museum professionals from around the world at the congress where the consultancy firm will have a team available at stand 45 of the exhibition. The event will bring together international speakers and exhibitors from around the world to discuss the latest innovations and solutions in museums for the fast developing museum business in the Middle East and North Africa.

Speaking on turnkey solutions for the establishment of museums in the region, Ludo Verheyen will share his experience in overcoming some of the legal, administrative, cultural, linguistic and technical challenges that can emerge when setting up a new experience centre. A strong emphasis will be placed on the need for holistic, consultative planning and the efficient integration of international teams of experts.

Ludo has led major projects in the UAE and beyond, including the design of the magnificent Ibn Battuta Mall, conceptualising the masterplan for Dubailand and providing products and services such as activity zones, multimedia, interactive applications that enthral the viewer and inspire the gaining of knowledge through fun and experimentation.

“We have been in Dubai for over 10 years, and have gained invaluable experience in the conceptualization, design, manufacture and installation of turn-key interactive museums, as well as traveling exhibitions. Our participation at the Future Museums Congress reflects of our strong commitment towards building the future of museums in the region. As market leaders in turnkey museums, it is the perfect platform for us to network with our partners and industry peers,” said Ludo.

Based on the experience gained worldwide in the science Centre field, Professor Mike Bruton of MTE Studios will provide an overview of the experience of presenting historic science using cutting-edge modern techniques. The new Museum of Science and Technology in Islam at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is a prime example.

The Museum showcases important Muslim scholars and their inventions and discoveries from 650 CE to 1650. Using a variety of modern techniques, Bruton will address topics like why did Islamic science flourish? The ethic of teaching and learning in Islam, contributions to astronomy and navigation, Banu Musa trick devices, Al-Jazari’s fine technologies, advances in mathematics and cryptography, life and environmental sciences, architecture, town planning, and medical sciences.

“In today’s rapidly changing world, museums help society in sustaining the well-being of society, providing education, promoting dialogue and understanding of other cultures in our increasingly global society and economy,” concluded Ludo.

With an emphasis on design, MTE Studios combines creativity and innovation with the broad fields of architecture, art and education enabling it to translate the client’s requirements into inspiring and tangible concepts and storyboards, followed by design development, documentation, project management and art direction. The firm has a portfolio of clients that include Nakheel, Dubailand and Saudi Aramco (King Abdullah University for Science & Technology).

 

MTE Studios appoints Bryan Avison.

General Manager MTE Studios Dubai


2010-03-14
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MTE Studios appoints Bryan Avison as General Manager to spear-head Middle East operations


14 March 2010 – Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide, announce the appointment of Bryan Avison as General Manager.


Bryan, a British national and a chartered civil engineer with professional registrations in both the UK and Canada, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the management, design and construction of large scale mixed use and experience centre projects throughout the Middle East, UK and Canada. His professional experience is gained by working for multi disciplinary Canadian, British and US based consulting engineers and UAE property developers.


He will be leading a strong team of creative professionals including animatronic designers, architects, artists and researchers who will be working together to imagine, plan and achieve to create environments and exhibits that are stimulating and relevant. Bryan’s role within MTE also includes management of all technical and support staff within the Dubai office, acting as Project Director for all major projects and ensuring that MTE quality procedures are implemented on all projects.


Speaking of the appointment MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen, said: "We are delighted to welcome Bryan on board; he is a great asset to our team and will play a pivotal role in the success of MTE Studios. The experience he has gained in his previous appointments and his proven track record provides added value to the management team of MTE Studios".
Bryan’s engineering background makes him particularly well qualified to ensure that MTE designs are coordinated with other engineering disciplines. He earlier worked for “The Pearls of Arabia” interactive experience centre concept proposal, developed by MTE Studios for DMCC. His vast experience in interior design to architecture and engineering will help the team to grow and continue to build on their success to date.


Commenting on his new appointment, Bryan said: “I am looking forward to leading our multi-disciplinary team and contributing significantly to the growth of MTE Studios. I intend to maximize my past experience in the real estate industry of the Middle East region to further build on our current success”.


With an emphasis on design, MTE Studios combines creativity and innovation with the broad fields of architecture, art and education enabling it to translate the client’s requirements into inspiring and tangible concepts and storyboards, followed by design development, documentation, project management and art direction. MTE Studios is well-known as the lead consultant for the themed Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai and for their original concept work for Dubailand as well as their world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide. The firm has a portfolio of clients that include Nakheel, Dubailand, Saudi Aramco (King Abdullah University for Science & Technology).

 

 

MTE Studios to Address Ecsite 2009.

MTE Studios to address delegates at Ecsite 2009


2009-04-29
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Dubai firm strengthens consultancy position for science centers’ and museums.

 

Milan, Italy: Science centre and museum professionals from around the world are gathering in Milan for the annual European Network of Science Centres and Museums Conference (ECSITE), hosted by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci from the 4th to the 6th of June 2009.

 

Among the corporate sponsors and exhibitors, UAE is represented by Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specialising in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well-known for their world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide.

 

According to MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen, “Having a presence at ECSITE, which is the most multi-cultural science centre and museums conference in Europe is essential to enrich our in-house team through exposure to contemporary products and services available for experience centres. Our decision to be at ECSITE reflects our desire to collaborate and share knowledge with organisations in Eastern Europe and this is reflected further with Professor Mike Bruton, Imagineering Director at MTE Studios speaking at the conference,” said Verheyen.

 

“Being here also reiterates our commitment to enhance the knowledge of our creative and production team by learning about the latest trends in science communication, new exhibitions techniques and the visitor experience. We hope to benefit from the knowledge shared by reputable international specialists on current topics and new trends within the science centre and museum world,” added Verheyen.

 

MTE Studios, creators of ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently the team is working on delivering turn-key a science museum for a high profile client in Saudi Arabia.

 

The company is also known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa, the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, USA and the Ontario Science Center. The exhibition has been so popular that duplicate exhibitions for the Asian and European markets are now being considered.

 

MTE Studios presence at ECSITE this year aims to search for a sponsor, strategic partners and host venues for the travel of ‘Sultans of Science’ throughout Europe. The exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of the Muslim World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.

 

Arab and Muslim discoveries and inventions are brought to life through more than 40 magnificent interactive exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden age. “The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history, bridge cultural gaps and identifies the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge,” said Verheyen.

 

 

In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of

exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

 

Last year, MTE Studios successfully completed two interactive exhibitions. The first was on the latest nuclear reactor technology for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, and the other a unique, modular water activity zone with various interactive components that include a water tower, water wheel, boat races, vortex experiments, weirs and a plumber’s tool kit. The company also created the popular interactive activity zone, ‘Build a City’, where children learn to build, construct and work together to achieve mutual goals on a miniature building site.

 

MTE Studios has a portfolio of clients that include the National Science Centre and Petrosains in Malaysia, the Ministry of Higher Education in Namibia, and the Boyden Observatory, MTN Sciencentre, SAASTA Interactive Science Park, Topkapi Palace in Turkey, SciBono Discovery Centre in South Africa and Pearls of Arabia.


‘Sultans of Science’ opens at MTN Sciencentre.

2008-08-14
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‘Sultans of Science’ opens at MTN Sciencentre

Premiere Exhibition on’1000 years of Islamic Science Rediscovered’ now open to the public at MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town


Dubai, UAE : For the first time ever, ‘Sultans of Science’ the traveling version of Dubai’s permanent Ibn Battuta Mall exhibition on “1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered” is open at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town South Africa to coincide with the famous annual York Forum which gathers the worlds top scientists and museum heads under one roof.


Researched and prepared by MTE Studios, the ‘Sultans of Science’ exhibition showcases inventions and discoveries by Islamic scientists and inventors between the 7th and 17th Century, which laid the foundation for modern science. The exhibition aims to improve the understanding of optics, physics, mechanics, flight, astronomy, cartography, water-raising devices, trick devices, the Elephant Water Clock and the Castle Clock that will assist teaching the history of science, mechanisms, physics, map making and the human body.


Mr. Ludo Verheyen, Director of MTE offices in Dubai added, ‘Sultans of Science is a unique exhibition, which not only provides you with an insight and rediscovery of missing history, but it also sends a powerful and positive message to the world of embracing multi-cultural knowledge and reconciliation of civilizations.


“The exhibition also features historical innovations from the Islamic world which has assisted us in the fields of science and technology. The travelling exhibit of the Sultans of Science was conceptualized with aim creating an awareness of Islamic contributions to modern day society and developments.”


The “Sultans of Science” exhibition unveiled at the MTN Sciencentre in Canal Walk, on the 16th of November marking its premier showing in South Africa. The traveling exhibition was developed by MTE Studios - Cape Town and Dubai, a specialized consultancy practice that focuses on themed architecture and interactive learning exhibitions.


The historical innovations, creations and developments that have been placed in the MTN Sciencentre helps visitors have an understanding of the numerous contributions made by Islamic scholars during the Golden Age of the Islamic World. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Professor Mike Bruton of the MTN Sciencentre in South Africa said, “The MTN Sciencentre is proud to house this interactive display of scientific discoveries of historical value. It is educational and a valuable addition to the centre’s existing display of exhibits as the project promises to not only to be entertaining but also to raise the level of historical awareness on Islam’s contribution to Science and Technology.”

A quick glimpse of the exhibition shows respected Medical Discoveries made by the first hospital ever, an Islamic hospital called Maristan headed by Jibrail Bakhtishu. The exhibition also showcases inventions such as Al Jazari’s Water raising devices, trick devices as well as discoveries and studies in astronomy.

The exhibition at the MTN Sciencentre is a welcome attraction not only to children on school trips but for adults who share a keen interest in history and developments made through the ages.


MTE Studios also signed a supervision of project agreement recently with The Research House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival in Dubai. The agreement includes the Academic supervision and contribution of The Research House for Islamic Studies & Heritage Revival towards the global Iconic exhibition called ‘1000 years of knowledge rediscovered’ at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai U.A.E. as well as ‘Sultans of Science’.

 

MTE Studios Strengthens Consultancy Position with Presence at Ecsite 2008.

New trends in science centre...


2008-06-01
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Budapest, Hungary: The A-list of who’s who of science centre and museum professionals around the world are gathering at the vibrant city of Budapest from the 29th to the 31st May for the opening of the annual European Network of Science Centres and Museums Conference (ECSITE), hosted in the heart of the Hungarian Natural History Museum. On the list are Dubai-based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well-known for their world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide.

 

MTE Studios CEO, Ludo Verheyen, believes that ECSITE is the most multi-cultural science centre and museums conference in Europe and has decided to join the stable of corporate sponsors for ECSITE. “The annual ECSITE conference is known for its high quality programme. The decision by ECSITE to award the conference to a host organization in Hungary is a clear indication in the science centre and museum world of the strong emerging market in the region. We are very excited at the prospect of adding organisations in Eastern Europe to our portfolio of international partners,” said Verheyen.

 

MTE Studios is already involved in the design, manufacture and installation of interactive exhibits at the Tokapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

MTE Studios is well known in the United Arab Emirates for the design and manufacture of the magnificent ‘1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered’ permanent exhibition on display within the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. The exhibition has also been translated into the global traveling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been showcased at the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town, South Africa and the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, USA. ‘Sultans of Science’ will travel to various venues in North America over the next five years. The exhibition has been so popular that duplicate exhibitions for the Asian and European markets are now being considered.

 

MTE Studios will attend ECSITE to search for a sponsor, strategic partners and host venues for the travel of ‘Sultans of Science’ through Europe. The exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (8th to 18th centuries) and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers the Arab and Muslim scientific endeavor including architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics, fine and utilitarian technology, and water control.

 

Arab and Muslim discoveries and inventions are brought to life through more than 40 magnificent interactive exhibits and giant functional replicas that use cutting edge technology to recreate the ingenuity of a golden ago. “The exhibition sends a powerful message about the way we evaluate history and the need to embrace multi-cultural knowledge,” said Verheyen.

           

In addition to the design of galleries and the development, design, prototyping and manufacture of exhibitions, MTE Studios also offers operational planning and training for science centres and museums.

The company has a portfolio of clients that includes the National Science Centre and Petrosains in Malaysia, the Ministry of Higher Education in Namibia, and the Boyden Observatory, MTN Sciencentre, SAASTA Interactive Science Park and SciBono Discovery Centre in South Africa.

More recently, MTE Studios concluded two interactive exhibitions, one on the latest nuclear reactor technology for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, and the other on a unique, modular water activity zone with various interactive components that include a water tower, water wheel, boat races, vortex experiments, weirs and a plumber’s tool kit.

The company is currently also involved in the reproduction of their popular interactive activity zone, ‘Build a City’, where children learn to build, construct and work together to achieve mutual goals on a miniature building site. MTE Studios are also the lead consultants for the conceptualization of the Pearls of Arabia project in Dubai, UAE.

“Our presence at ECSITE 2008 reiterates our commitment to enhance the knowledge of our creative and production team by learning about the latest trends in science communication, new exhibition techniques and the visitor experience. We hope to benefit from the knowledge shared by reputable international specialists on current topics and new trends within the science centre and museum world,” added Verheyen.