Al Shaibani: “This visit offered an important opportunity to discuss comprehensive strategies and exchange experiences”[UAE, November 26, 2014] A delegation of the Belarus Embassy in the UAE visited the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and met H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, EIAST, and a number of senior executives to discuss means of cooperation in the advanced technology and space science industries. During the meeting, the delegation was informed and updated on a number of EIASTs’ achievements, including the launch of DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2; in addition to the current milestone project, KhalifaSat, the first satellite that will be designed and built solely by Emirati engineers on UAE soil.
The visit was the perfect opportunity for the delegation to get to know EIAST’s strategy which focuses on promoting scientific research and technological innovation; in addition to training skilled local talents. The delegation was also briefed on detailed developments regarding KhalifaSat, including the project’s design phase, which has now been successfully completed as well as part of the mock-up model built to visualize this pioneering step. The meeting also included a detailed explanation regarding EIASTs’ efforts in developing the satellite manufacturing facilities. KhalifaSat will be built in Dubai with its dedicated clean room and laboratories designed according to the highest international standards.
The delegation also toured the institution inspecting different departments and was briefed on the progress of operations and tracking of DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2. As part of the tour, they reviewed the satellites’ ability to produce high quality space imaging through various applications in environmental and development projects; in addition to urban planning, applied and scientific research in the UAE.
Commenting on the visit, H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, expressed his pleasure about the visit stressing the importance of strengthening cooperation between Belarus and the UAE. “The visit offered an important opportunity to discuss comprehensive strategies, increase knowledge transfer channels and exchange experiences which can lead to progress in space technology and sciences, especially that space industry is considered to be one of the main components of the economy in developed countries,” said Al Shaibani.
He concluded: “EIAST is ready to build strategic relationships with all countries and parties interested in space science and identify mechanisms of joint action in order to further develop the industry and take advantage of promising potentials and opportunities. EIAST will continue to follow the same principles of excellence it has followed since its inception and this will contribute in the success of current and future projects, and in positioning the UAE as a key player in the space industry regionally and internationally.”
EIAST was established by the Dubai Government in 2006 to encourage scientific innovation and technological progress in Dubai and in the UAE. It also aims to develop the scientific skills and knowledge of Emiratis. It is mainly involved in outer space research and development; satellite manufacturing and systems development; space imaging; and ground station services and support for other satellites.