From: Fitch, Asa
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 1:14 PM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report 2
After leaving Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Mr. Biden's motorcade headed to Masdar City, a development focused on research, development and the use of renewable technologies. Masdar City is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi government, part of its mission to invest in renewables such as solar energy to diversify its economic base away from oil and gas.
The city has had mixed success: while it has attracted some big-name tenants including Germany's Siemens, which has a regional headquarters there, much of the city remains unbuilt. The city hosts the global headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Masdar City is located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, near its international airport. Mr. Biden arrived at 12:06.
Accompanying the Vice President on a tour of the facilities were Ambassador Leaf, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimi, Masdar chairman Sultan al Jaber and U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein.
Mr. Biden began the visit by meeting with several Masdar executives and students in a courtyard within a central block of buildings in the city.
They progressed to another courtyard where they looked at a model of a solar-powered water desalination facility planned on Abu Dhabi's eastern outskirts. Mr. Jaber explained how the project worked, and was joined by Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment.
Mr. Biden was handed a small plastic bottle of water produced through a solar-powered osmosis process that removed salt from seawater.
"Watch what happens after I take the first sip," he said. "I'll be energized."
Mr. Biden then met with Adnan Amin, the Director General of IRENA.
His motorcade left at 1:06 p.m., en route to a military base to address U.S. and allied troops.
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