UAE Space Agency Delegation Attends Paris Air Show

21 June 2015

Representatives of the UAE Space Agency attended the Paris Air Show to promote the UAE Space Program and conduct high level meetings with international space agencies

A delegation from the UAE Space Agency attended the Paris Air Show this week to promote the agency and the UAE Space Program to an international audience at the world’s largest and longest running aerospace trade show.

Led by UAE Space Agency Director General Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the delegation also met with representatives from other international space agencies attending the show, including the President of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, (the National Centre of Space Studies of France) also known as CNES

Established in 1909, the Paris Air Show is currently holding its 51st exhibition at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, from 15 to 21 June 2015.

“We’re extremely proud to be representing the UAE Space Agency at one of the world’s most prestigious aerospace events,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi.

“The Paris Air Show offers a unique opportunity to not only share the accomplishments of the UAE Space Agency before an international audience, but also to meet with industry colleagues from around the world to discuss further avenues of cooperation between the UAE and international space agencies. These relationships will play a key role in the successful development of our own program, improve technical abilities as we exchange scientific knowledge and best practices, as well as improve the UAE’s standing as a world leader in space exploration.”

During the event, Dr. Al Ahbabi and the UAE Space Agency delegation met with the President of CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall. The meeting follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies in April. The MoU allows for extensive future cooperation activities in the field of space between the UAE and France. It also covers partnerships in scientific missions and outreach efforts.

The UAE Space Agency’s participation at the Paris Air Show is the agency’s first major international event following the unveiling of the agency’s operational plans at a launch event in May. At the launch, which was witnessed by UAE government leaders and other high profile officials, the UAE Space Agency detailed its plans in support of the UAE Space Program, including the creation of the Middle East’s first Space Research Center and operations in support of the UAE’s Mars Probe Mission.

This event is the second European stop for the UAE Space Agency this week and comes on the back of the Agency’s visit to Vienna, Austria, for the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) meeting last week.