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UAE Space Agency, Yahsat to showcase space projects at the Bahrain International Airshow

The UAE Space Agency and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (YahSat) announced their participation in the fifth edition of the Bahrain International Airshow. The show will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain from November 14 to 16. The UAE Space Agency and Yahsat will participate jointly and will highlight the UAE’s space projects and strategic initiatives of both organisations.

The UAE Space Agency’s participation will demonstrate a number of key space projects launched by the UAE over the past few years. The projects include the Hope Probe, the first Arab mission to explore Mars, which is being developed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre with funding and supervision from the UAE Space Agency.

The Agency will also showcase the strategic ties in the space industry between the UAE and Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by National Space Science Agency (NSSA). The ties include efforts of sharing knowledge, expertise, and local competencies, as well as cooperation on research projects related to space regulations. The cooperation is based on an MoU signed in 2015, on the sidelines of the previous edition of the Airshow. The MoU outlines the cooperation between the two organisations in the exploration and peaceful use of space.

H.E Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency stressed that the agency’s participation comes in line with its strategic plans to ensure its presence in major aerospace industry shows; including the Bahrain International Airshow, which is reportedly one of the fastest growing events in the region.

Al Ahbabi emphasised that the Agency’s second participation follows the success of the first in January 2015. H.E. added that this year will help highlight the strategic relationship between the two countries and organisations, which led to signing an MoU to boost the knowledge and capabilities of both countries in the space industry.

Commenting on the company’s participation, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, said: “The participation in the Bahrain International Airshow will enable us to connect with major aerospace companies to discuss ways to cooperate in providing satellite communication services, Yahsat currently provides satellite communication services to clients in government and commercial sectors, including healthcare, and education in more than 55 countries. Yahsat will also demonstrate its capabilities in providing secure satellite communications services to government sectors.”