UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that space science and research are key components in the UAE’s drive to achieve its Centennial 2071 goals, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
They are also key factors in its efforts to be among the world’s leading nations in terms of prosperity and progress and gain leadership in sectors like space that help improve people’s lives and serve humanity, he added.
He further said that the UAE is achieving steady progress in realizing its aspirations under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the close follow up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The UAE Centennial 2071 goals include making the UAE a leader in various economic, scientific, cultural and educational sectors, many of which the UAE has already made major leaps in, like space science and technology.
His remarks came as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, announced that the UAE has won the bid to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC, the largest specialized conference in the global space sector. The UAE will be the first country in the region to host the IAC since it was held for the first time in 1950. The Congress will be held in 2020 in Dubai.
“We are proud that the UAE has won the bid to host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 which will attract more than 5,000 scientists, astronauts and experts,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
Sheikh Mohammed said the achievement coincides with a series of accomplishments in this sector. “The conference will take place immediately after the launch of the first Arab space mission to Mars and the Mars Science City project, the largest space simulation city ever built,” he noted.
“I am proud of the youth of the UAE who have laid the foundations of the UAE Centennial 2071 vision. We have started implementing our vision for 2071 now,” he said.
“Our ambitions have no limits, and to be number one is not an unreachable objective as we will do all that it takes to achieve it, including developing talent, and launching projects and initiatives that support youth and stimulate creative thinking. The doors are open for everyone to participate in shaping the future. The world’s recognition of the UAE’s accomplishments across sectors is testimony to the positive impact our country has made regionally and globally,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman and General Supervisor of the strategic plans and projects of MBRSC said that the remarkable progress made by the UAE in the field of space science with a series of unique projects has given the UAE a special position in the global space sector. Thanks to the futuristic vision of the UAE leadership, who provided all the necessary encouragement to achieve such success and distinction, the country has won international recognition for its innovative thinking.
The International Astronautical Federation, IAF, announced Dubai as the winning city at a ceremony held during IAC 2017 that took place in Adelaide, Australia from 25 to 29 September. Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre will be the hosting organizer, and the event will be held in coordination with the UAE Space Agency.
Since 1950, IAF has been holding the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, annually in cooperation with the International Academy of Astronautics, IAA, and the International Institute of Space Law, IISL, in one of the member countries of the IAF.
The IAC is one of the leading space conferences worldwide. Attendees include presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics and professionals in the space sector from 70 countries.