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Beautiful Earth Group Attends 40th Anniversary of UAE Event

December 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba hosted the 40th National Day reception in Washington, DC in honor of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. The event celebrated the life and vision of Sheikh Zayed, founder and first President of the UAE. Beautiful Earth Group was on hand to represent their Smart Sister Cities project (www.smartsisters.org).

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His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, has helped strengthen the UAE’s security and economic relations throughout the region, with the United States and with other nations.

“This is a proud day for all Emiratis as we celebrate the significant progress our nation has made in just four decades,” said Ambassador Al Otaiba. “Sheikh Zayed’s vision has guided the UAE’s development, and his legacy is our modern society, which is a growing center for innovation and commerce, and magnet of opportunity for people.”

The UAE is home to Masdar City, the world’s first “net zero” sustainable city. “Net zero cities” produce or purchase more clean energy than the “dirty energy” they would otherwise use. Masdar is attracting investment by clean tech companies from around the world. The city recently opened the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), the first graduate school exclusively devoted to energy and sustainability.

Lex Heslin, President and CEO of Beautiful Earth Group attended this anniversary event at the United States Institute of Peace. Beautiful Earth Group is a utility-scale solar energy facilities developer and advisor to cities who seek to achieve the goal of becoming “net zero.” Beautiful Earth has been working with Lancaster, CA and cities in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to support each other in their mutual goals of moving to clean energy.

“Sheikh Zayed’s vision for the UAE continues to be expanded by the current President, Sheikh Khalifa,” said Heslin “Although this small, desert country sits atop a large part of the world’s oil reserves, the leaders realize that oil is a finite resource and they are looking to the future. Cities like Masdar are beginning to show the world what can be done on barren desert land when the ‘energy from above’ is properly utilized.”

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