The 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s largest and most prestigious global space event, kicked off on Monday at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
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The UAE kicked off the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on Monday, October 25 in its prestigious city of Dubai. Touted as the world’s largest and most prestigious global space event by UAE’s government, the event is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and will conclude on October 29, informed the official press release.
It is being held in the Middle East for the first time with the aim of making a contribution to humanity and to science by strengthening cooperation between all countries in the space sector.
Jointly organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the exhibition event has commenced with the theme, ‘Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Mankind’.
In a press release presented a day before the event, the UAE government revealed that over 4,000 registered visitors from across the globe will converge upon the Dubai emirate along with delegations from over 110 countries. Besides, the event, which has over 30 elite sponsors, will be run by 90 exhibitors including 350 young professionals and space experts.
Outlining the UAE’s achievement in the space sector right since its inception to milestones occasions like the first Emirati astronaut Hazaaa Al Mansouri going to space, the success of the UAE’s first interplanetary mission, Al Amal (Hope Probe), selection of the two new astronauts for the second batch of the nation’s astronaut corps, to the announcement of the two Analog Astronauts and the country’s more recent space mission to Venus, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC highlighted all these missions, with its unprecedented scientific goals, is aimed at galvanizing the Emirati youth and enhancing the UAE’s contribution to the scientific progress of humanity.
With the commencement of this event, Dubai became the first country to host such an event and has opened the gates to the Middle East for the global Space sector. The UAE has achieved significant milestones in the space race as it is the only Arab country to have sent a probe to Mars along with sending a woman for training at NASA.