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Expo 2020 to highlight Dubai's space ambitions

Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansoori's space flight will be one feature at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 to highlight Dubai's space ambitions
The Mobility Pavilion in particular will celebrate the UAE’s Mission to Mars 2020 and other Emirati space milestones.

Hazzas Al Mansoori’s historic achievement in becoming the first Emirati in space will be highlighted at Expo 2020 Dubai, according to a top official.

“His achievement in becoming the first Emirati in space sets new heights for our nation’s achievements,” Marjan Faraidooni, chief pavilions and exhibitions officer – Expo Pavilions & Exhibitions, Expo 2020 Dubai, told Arabian Business.

“Throughout history, Dubai has played a pivotal role in the progress of global mobility. Our exciting space ambitions are the next stage of this journey, with preparations already well underway to chart a course to Mars.”

Space is a major part of the future of the UAE and is also closely aligned with Expo 2020 philosophy.

The Mobility Pavilion in particular will celebrate the UAE’s Mission to Mars 2020 and other Emirati space milestones.

Faraidooni said the "past, present and future of space travel" would also be showcased through the pavilions of the event’s international participants.

A number of Country Pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai will focus on space as a theme, including Belarus, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Russia and the UK.

China is set to showcase its FAST radio satellite, whose functions include the detection of interstellar signals from alien life. It is the world’s largest, with a diameter of 500 metres, and sits in the country’s Guizhou Province.

The UK Pavilion is inspired by a project from the late scientist Stephen Hawking, in which he pondered how humanity could express itself to an extra-terrestrial civilisation.

Explaining her inspiration for the project and what she hopes it will achieve, UK Pavilion designer, Es Devlin, said: “The idea draws directly on one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’ – a global competition that Hawking and his colleagues conceived in 2015 inviting people worldwide to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet, should we one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space.”

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