H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed announced on Twitter that Abu Dhabi will be hosting a space debate conference in December.
Bringing together policymakers, leading engineers and scientists, the event “is a platform to facilitate dialogue and aims to strengthen co-operation, formulate new international policies and develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the global space sector.”
The UAE has been leading the MENA region in the space sector. Today, more than 3,100 people are employed across 80 government and private organisations in the space sector in the UAE, and last year, Dubai held the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s largest to date, hosting more than 5,000 people at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Earlier this year, the UAE was also elected to chair the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Omran Sharaf, the Emirati engineer who led the Mars mission, was chosen to lead the committee for the UAE, and this Wednesday, it was announced that he will be leading UAE’s international diplomacy as an ambassador and member of the UAE Diplomatic and Consular Corps on advanced science and technology.
Omran Sharaf was also appointed as assistant minister of foreign affairs and international co-operation.
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