Dubai Airshow & UAE Space Agency Sign MoU to Increase Focus on the Space Sector

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- The Dubai Airshow and the UAE Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the second day of Dubai Airshow 2021. The two parties will collaborate to further position Dubai Airshow as a key platform for companies and investors in the space sector. Photo Credit: dubaiairshow.aero

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The Dubai Airshow and the UAE Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the second day of Dubai Airshow 2021. The two parties will collaborate to further position Dubai Airshow as a key platform for companies and investors in the space sector. The partnership will support organizations looking to establish a presence at future editions of the event and will enable space companies to benefit from the participation, engagements, networking and agreements created at Dubai Airshow.

The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed commented: “The space sector continues to be a vital industry for the UAE, one that has already inspired a generation of future astronauts and space scientists. Globally there are an increasing number of space organizations and new players investing in the space sector. Dubai Airshow will accelerate its focus on space by creating exciting new prospects for regional and global space players from both public and private sectors. This agreement will help strengthen the Airshow’s space offering and lead to even more partnerships, collaborations and projects in the future.”

Her Excellency Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, said: “Enhancing cooperation locally and globally is a key part of our ongoing efforts to stimulate the space industry and increase its economic contribution. Partnerships play an important role in building a knowledge and innovation-driven economy and our agreement with the Dubai Airshow aims to provide a platform for companies to showcase their products, services, and innovation. They will benefit significantly from the opportunities the event offers with the potential to deepen ties, attract investment and catalyze private sector expansion.”

Her Excellency added: “The Dubai Airshow plays a vital role in developing the global aviation sector and we are proud to have supported this crucial exhibition since the UAE Space Agency was established in 2014. Our new partnership will contribute to our shared ambition of creating an attractive and competitive national space industry that contributes to growth, innovation and human progress for the next 50 years.”

Dubai Airshow and the UAE Space Agency will work together to coordinate space strategies and initiatives to enhance the space sector presence for future events. They will also work together to host high-level, senior delegations at the Dubai Airshow. As part of the agreement, they will launch specific projects and competitions that will attract startups and SMEs.

Almost 150 countries are represented at this year’s Airshow which includes 20 country pavilions and new additions from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Israel, and Slovakia. There are also civil and military delegations from more than 140 countries with more than 370 new exhibitors at the event. This year’s Dubai Airshow is the biggest edition of the event since it began in 1989, with around 85,000 visitors attending across the week.

In other related news, the Dubai Airshow 2021 is expected to see many companies announcing deals for aircraft, services, infrastructure and defence worth billions of dollars

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said Dubai Airshow has made major strides since its inception in 1989 to develop into one of the world’s most prominent aviation and aerospace events.

Dubai Airshow’s ability to bring together 1,200 exhibitors, including 370 new ones, representing 148 countries, this year is a testament to the importance international companies place on the mega industry event. Companies in the sector are looking to the Dubai Airshow as an event that can help chart a new course for the industry following the pandemic, he said.

His Highness said Dubai Airshow is the largest aviation and aerospace event to be held since the onset of the pandemic. The 17th edition of Dubai Airshow, which concludes on 18 November, is seeking to achieve record numbers of visitors this year, he said.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said the event offers an opportunity for the industry to explore new partnerships and alliances. Dubai Airshow 2021 is expected to see many companies announcing deals for aircraft, services, infrastructure and defence worth billions of dollars. His Highness expressed optimism that the event will promote new advancements that can further enhance excellence and efficiency in the global industry, and enable companies to regain their growth momentum.

Emirates Airline will announce a number of deals related to aircraft and revamp of customer services during Dubai Airshow as part of the company’s strategy to constantly raise quality standards. The company’s performance is linked to the further reopening of key destinations and the easing of travel restrictions across the world, His Highness said. Stressing that international cooperation is critical for the global aviation sector to return to pre-pandemic levels, His Highness said discussions are ongoing with authorities in various destinations worldwide to resume normal flight schedules.

Speaking about the UAE aviation industry and the outlook for Dubai airports, Sheikh Ahmed said Dubai International Airport (DXB) is set to return to full operational capacity by next week, with the reopening of Concourse A, in a development that will provide a positive impetus to the aviation sector in the country.

His Highness also expressed confidence that both Emirates and DXB will return to pre-COVID levels of activity in the next 12 months. Efforts being made to coordinate with different countries and aviation authorities across the world will make this possible, he noted. His Highness also said Dubai authorities are working to restore the high passenger numbers before the pandemic, which saw DXB handling 90 million international passengers annually, making it one of the world’s busiest international airports.

His Highness also commended Emirates SkyCargo for using its cargo transportation capabilities from both DXB and Al Maktoum Airport over the last two years to deliver aid supplies to many countries to help them combat the pandemic. His Highness said Emirates played a leading role in using its logistics infrastructure to transport vaccines, medical supplies and equipment around the world during the crisis.

Dubai Airshow 2021 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 

 

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