UAE to bolster partnerships with international space community

The UAE Space Agency, represented by a high-level delegation led by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, is participating in the 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019 (IAC), WAM reported.

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Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Space Agency

The event, which is being held between 21st to 25th October in Washington D.C. under the theme of Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future.

Organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the 70th edition of the congress coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first human walking on the moon, one of the largest and most prominent events within the global space sector.

Through is participation at the event, the UAE Space Agency seeks to strengthen its relationships with the international space community and global space agencies, highlight the UAE’s role and achievements in space science and technology, and reaffirm the nation’s commitment to supporting the growth of the global space sector.

In addition, a team of UAE Space Agency engineers will present 14 academic papers highlighting the development of the country’s national space sector, particularly with respect to the National Space Strategy 2030, the Space Investment Plan and the country’s new space law.

Dr. Al Falasi pointed out that participating in the congress is in line with the Agency’s strategy to strengthen partnerships with the most important international organizations and entities, in order to support the continued growth and development of the UAE’s national space sector.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency, said, “The UAE Space Agency’s participation in the 70th edition of the IAC reaffirms our commitment to supporting the growth of the global space sector and engaging with international partners to exchange knowledge and expertise. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our experience of developing a national space programme with international experts and decision-makers.”

The IAC covers various fields and topics related to the sector such as space exploration, education and legislation. It also highlights future academic trends and industry developments, as well as being an excellent platform for networking and strengthening partnerships between participants.

Dubai is set to host the 71st edition of the global event next year. The event will be held in October 2020, highlighting the UAE’s emergence as a key player in the global space industry.

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