United Arab Emirates: world’s largest space event kicks off tomorrow – News


The International Astronautical Congress will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center and will run until October 29

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s largest and most prestigious space event, will begin tomorrow, October 25 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

The five-day event, which runs until October 29, is being held for the first time in the Middle East. It is organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) in partnership with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Over 4,000 visitors have registered for this year’s edition, which will see over 90 exhibitors and over 110 national delegations and 350 young professionals and space experts from all walks of life converge on the Middle East for the space event of a lifetime.

Celebrating their Golden Jubilee this year, the UAE has worked tirelessly to establish a strong and solid foundation for the UAE space sector.

From sending the first Emirates into space, deploying several Earth observation satellites and launching the first Arab interplanetary mission to Mars, to forming an astronaut corps and creating the As an Arab space cooperation group, the United Arab Emirates have been able to establish themselves as a leading country. for space exploration and related technologies.

The IAC 2021 is a continuation of the UAE’s efforts to advance in the global space field and aims to extend the effects of these achievements to the entire region, which in turn will benefit humanity. .

The IAC 2021 follows a very successful Space Week held at Expo 2020 Dubai, which saw an exceptional team of astronauts, astronomers and space experts come together. bring together to discuss a wide range of topics including the UAE’s vision for space, women’s vital contributions to space exploration, sustainability in space and more.

Organized under the theme “Inspire, Innovate and Discover for the Benefit of Humanity”, IAC 2021 will offer participating organizations the opportunity to showcase their capabilities as well as their experience, contributions and innovations in the space sector.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, President of MBRSC, said: “At MBRSC, we are committed to nurturing our young space exploration program and advancing the cause of the space sector in the region and around the world. Hosting the IAC is an important step for us that will help solidify our position in the League of Space Nations. “

Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Managing Director of MBRSC, said: “Being the first country in the Middle East to host this premier event was the spark that sparked our plan to create an unprecedented event. This one-of-a-kind assembly, unmatched in scale and scope, promises to deliver the best international astronautics congress ever held over the next five days.

Over the next few days, participants will be able to access a rich plenary program, which includes the agency heads roundtable, and various sessions focused on the 60/61 expedition, future sample return missions to Mars. and the role of emerging space agencies.

In addition, the Congress Global Networking Forum will bring together stakeholders, policymakers, experts and young professionals in a global conversation about the present and future of space activities.

The IAC 2021 also offers an exhibition that will showcase the latest developments in space technology and research with big names in the industry confirming their participation.

On-site registrations will be available for on-site visitors. For any questions regarding registration, please send an email [email protected] or visit iac2021.org for more information.


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