His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially opened the World Space Congress 2017, on Tuesday morning in the UAE Capital.
The two-day international event, which is organised by the UAE Space Agency and held on Saadiyat Island, gathered more than 600 leaders that have made significant contributions to the aerospace industry, as well as delegates and senior officials from the UAE and around the world.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Dr Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, who delivered the opening speech welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and thanked him for supporting the pivotal cause.
Dr Al Romaithi highlighted that the nation has taken immense steps forward in the space industry, with the ongoing strategies initiated by the UAE Space Agency, as well as the Emirates Mars Mission 2021 – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
“In the recent past, we committed to advancing to the forefront of the region, and to striving ceaselessly to soar into space. This year our journey to explore space began to reap the rewards of relentless work – side by side with advanced nations and global experts – towards the greater goal of harnessing space science for the good of mankind.” More info
By Jasmine Al Kuttab /Abu Dhabi khaleejtimes.com