Agency Will Advance Sector in the UAE

Dubai Airshow organisers have announced an exciting new addition for 8-12 November 2015 at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site: the newly formed UAE Space Agency, which was created in 2014 with the aim to regulate and support the UAE Space sector and contribute to the diversification of the national economy through providing a national advanced space industry.

The global space industry is worth $300 billion, and growing at 8% annually. The UAE’s investments in space technologies have already exceeded AED 20 billion (USD 5.4 billion), including UAE based companies who are now among major international players. The companies include Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Thuraya Telecommunications Company, all of whom will be exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) was created and established by the Dubai Government in 2015 to inspire scientific innovation, technological advancement, and to advance sustainable development in Dubai and the wider UAE.

Yahsat, wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, provides both government and commercial multipurpose satellite solution for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia.

The first satellite operator to be founded in the UAE, Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.

The space sector in the United Arab Emirates is an important economic driver and contributes significantly to a sustainable economy and the development of technical sciences.  The UAE currently operates more than 6 commercial satellites via milsatcom programs. The sector also contributes significantly to the development of national security and assists with the provision of emergency aid in the event of natural disasters.

H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, says, “Our mission as an agency is to shape and guide the space sector in the UAE, with a vision be among the top countries in the field of space and aerospace by 2021.” He continues, “The Dubai Airshow is the centre of the aerospace industry and an ideal place for us to work toward this mission in the presence of the leading players in the industry.”

Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of Dubai Airshow organisers F&E Aerospace, says, “With the addition of the UAE Space Agency to our existing exhibitor list, we have added yet another dimension to the Dubai Airshow.” She continues, “It’s an exciting time for the aerospace industry, particularly for space, with projects like the Mission to Mars gaining worldwide attention. We are looking forward to seeing the UAE Space Agency exhibit at the Dubai Airshow in November.”

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