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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre opens registration for 22nd IAA Humans in Space Symposium

DUBAI, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced opening early registration for the 22nd session of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium, hosted in Dubai for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa. The event will be held from 11 to 14 November 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and will bring together experts from around the world in the space industry, especially from the Arab world.

Those wishing to attend can apply on Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said, “MBRSC continues its consistent approach and sustainable efforts to make the UAE a leading hub for space science and research in the region. By hosting the 22nd session of IAA’s Human Space Symposium, we hope to share MBRSC’s expertise in human spaceflight, considering that, by then, the first Emirati astronaut would have completed his mission to the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the UAE Astronaut Programme”.

This year’s session focuses on multidisciplinary studies of humans in space and will gather industry prominent organsiations to develop collaborations through the exchange of research results and ideas in the field of space life sciences. The event will highlight the UAE experience in human space flights as it is held after the first Emirati Arab astronaut is back from the ISS and has completed his mission scheduled on the 25th September 2019.

The event will also discuss various topics such as the challenges of future space flights, biology and biotechnology in space, Mars exploration, and commercial and tourism space trips.

AlShaibani highlighted that international space conferences that MBRSC is keen to host in the UAE directly contribute to the development of the national space sector through the transfer of knowledge and exchange of best experiences.

Salem AlMarri, Assistant Director General for Science and Technology Sector at MBRSC and IAA Corresponding Member, said, “The event will be an important step towards boosting the UAE’s global presence in the field of human space flights. During the event, we will shed light on the first Emirati astronaut’s trip to ISS on 25 September, 2019, and review and evaluate the UAE’s first experience in space exploration”.

The UAE was chosen as the host of the 22nd IAA Humans in Space Symposium due to MBRSC’s proposal submission to the IAA. The proposal was discussed at a meeting by the IAA Board of Trustees, headed by Peter Jankowitsch, President of the IAA, on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE), in Vienna, Austria, between 18 and 21 June 2018.

IAA, which is based in Paris, France, is an independent non-governmental organisation recognised by the United Nations in 1996. Through its distinguished international programmes and conferences, the IAA aspires to promote the development of space navigation for peaceful purposes and to honour individuals who have distinguished themselves in space science and technology. In addition, IAA aims to offer programmes for members to contribute to international space endeavours, to enhance international cooperation in the development of space science and technology.

The UAE Astronaut Programme is funded by the ICT fund of the TRA. Launched in 2007, this fund, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, aims towards supporting research and development within the ICT sector in the UAE, helping it to grow into a nationally significant industry with a leading place in the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Comoros condemns sabotage acts against four vessels off UAE waters

MORONI, The Comoro Islands has condemned the sabotage operations that targeted four commercial vessels, near the territorial waters of the UAE, Sunday.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Comoro Islands labelled the sabotage as a criminal act and flagrant violation of international conventions and laws on regional and international peace and security.

The Ministry also expressed full solidarity with the Government of the UAE.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADNEC names Hala Abu Dhabi official travel, destination management partner

ABU DHABI, Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination and leisure management division of Etihad Airways, has been appointed the official travel and destination management partner for key events of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC.

Under a strategic partnership, between ADNEC and Etihad Airways, Hala Abu Dhabi will provide travel services and holiday packages to visitors and exhibitors attending events held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, and Hareb Almuhairy, Senior Vice President Destination and Leisure Management Etihad Airways, signed the partnership agreement at a special ceremony at ADNEC headquarters in the presence of senior officials from both sides.

ADNEC takes part in major defence and security shows in different parts of the world throughout the year and this partnership will go a long way in streamlining travel procedures for such global outings.

Al Dhaheri said, “The partnership is part of ADNEC’s strategy to step up collaboration with like-minded organisations to enhance the competitiveness of its annual and biennial events that deliver a significant impact on the economy of Abu Dhabi through drawing the participation of major exhibitors as well as thousands of experts, decision-makers, and visitors from across the globe.”

Hareb Almuhairy, Senior Vice President Destination and Leisure Management, Etihad Aviation Group said, “The meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions, MICE, business plays a significant role in empowering the UAE’s economy and we are pleased to play our part in enabling growth in this sector.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE, Kurdistan developing relations

ERBIL, Prospects for fostering UAE’s relations with Kurdistan were reviewed in a meeting recently between Masoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and Ahmed Ibrahim Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Consul-General to the region.

During the meeting which was held in Barzani’s office here, Al Dhaheri conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He affirmed the UAE will continue to carry out its humanitarian programmes for Iraqi displaced people, specially those in the Kurdistan region.

Barzani extended his greetings to Al Dhaheri, on his new duties as the UAE Consul-General to the Region, doubling on the importance of developing the bilateral relations on the political, economic and cultural levels.

Source: Emirates News Agency