Congresses send Dubai’s space sector into hyperdrive

Dubai’s race for space is getting further propulsion, with the announcement it has won three  major space-themed congresses, set to take place at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

In recognition of the UAE’s efforts to encourage youth in the field of space science and technology, some 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference (YPS) in October 2019.

This will be followed by the 22nd International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium in November 2019. This event is being held in the Middle East for the first time as part of the centre’s efforts to promote the UAE as a hub for space science and research.

2022 will bring together leading space agencies, scientists and researchers at the International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2022).

These announcements follow the emirate’s successful bid for the 2020 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which is expected to attract 5,000 specialised scholars and astronauts.

MBRSC was established by the Dubai Government to drive the national space sector and enhance the knowledge economy in the UAE. The centre specialises in space science and advanced technology. Projects include: KhalifaSat, the first satellite to be fully manufactured in the UAE; the Hope Probe, part of the Emirates Mars Mission project; and Nayif-1, the first nanosatellite developed as part of MBRSC’s space science Knowledge Transfer Programme for the academic sector in the UAE.

Director General of the MBRSC, Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, says: “These projects are promising and centred around developing high-tech satellites; they enable us to compete internationally in this sector and to explore Mars through the Hope Probe mission, which is set to be launched in 2020. We also plan to develop the Mars 2117 project and to train and prepare the first Emirati astronaut corps.”

The space sector conferences are amongst 10 international congresses the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that it has won between 2019 – 2022. These high-profile events are expected to attract more than 37,000 delegates from around the world and deliver an estimated AED 700 million (US$ 190 million) economic boost for the emirate.

The wins also include a number of events in the health sector – another key pillar in Dubai’s knowledge economy: the 6th Global Symposiums on Health Systems Research, and the 40th Congress of the Societe International d’Urologie in 2020; and the World Congress of Gastroenterology, and the World Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology in 2021.

Other wins include the 10,000-delegate ACTE Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the 5th edition of the ISPRS Geospatial Week.

Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President – Venue Services Management, Dubai World Trade Centre adds: “The diversity of the upcoming events calendar for 2019 – 2022 endorses DWTC’s international reputation as a game-changing business events destination.”