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UAE to host major space congress in Dubai

71st International Astronautical Congress will take place after the launch of the first Arab space mission to Mars

UAE to host major space congress in Dubai
Sheikh Mohamed, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, pictured visiting the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

UAE has won the rights to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the largest specialised conference in the global space sector. 

The IAC, one of the leading space conferences worldwide, will be hosted in Dubai in 2020, making the UAE the first country in the region to host the event in its history, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) said.

Attendees include presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics and professionals in the space sector from 70 countries.

"We are proud that the UAE has won the bid to host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 which will attract more than 5,000 scientists, astronauts and experts," said Sheikh Mohammed, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. 

Sheikh Mohammed said the achievement coincides with UAE's ongoing accomplishments in the space sector.

"The conference will take place immediately after the launch of the first Arab space mission to Mars and the Mars Science City project, the largest space simulation city ever built," he said.

He said that space science and research are key components in the UAE’s drive to achieve its Centennial 2071 goals.

"I am proud of the youth of the UAE who have laid the foundations of the UAE Centennial 2071 vision. We have started implementing our vision for 2071 now," Sheikh Mohammed said.

"Our ambitions have no limits, and to be number one is not an unreachable objective as we will do all that it takes to achieve it, including developing talent, and launching projects and initiatives that support youth and stimulate creative thinking. The doors are open for everyone to participate in shaping the future. This is what we expect from the Emiratis who proved their capabilities in all the missions they were assigned. The world’s recognition of the UAE’s accomplishments across sectors is testimony to the positive impact our country has made regionally and globally."

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