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UAE Space Agency Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

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The UAE Space Agency celebrated today its third anniversary in an official ceremony in Abu Dhabi, shedding light on the Agency’s most important accomplishments since 2014. The event highlighted initiatives and programs that have contributed to wide success in its mission to organize and lead space activities in the UAE.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency; Space Agency board members; and H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency. Also present were a number of public sector officials, as well as space sector stakeholders, national space industry companies, and local and international partners.

H.E. Dr. Ahmad Abdullah Belhoul Al Falasi acknowledged that the UAE Space Agency has become the largest agency in the region to oversee a modern space program. This has been made possible thanks to the relentless efforts of Emiratis seeking to further establish the UAE within the global space sector, among peers with advanced space programs that are overcoming the challenges of exploring and utilizing space.

H.E. further indicated that, since its inception, the Space Agency has been able to realize numerous significant achievements and successes through a clear framework and approach inspired by directives from a visionary leadership. As such, the Agency now holds a notable position among international space agencies, and enjoys the respect of regional and international space organizations.

H.E. explained that the Agency has become a model and a standard for countries seeking to launch ambitious space programs and agencies. He noted that the Agency is leading implementation of government strategies to develop an integrated system for this vital industry, which will in turn contribute to other key sectors of the national economy.

He also underlined that the UAE Space Agency today stands at the start of a new chapter that will bring innovative initiatives to the National Space Program that contribute towards its ambitious goals. These efforts require all employees of the Space Agency in particular, and national space sector and industry more broadly, to work together towards these mutual objectives. He explained that they also require enhancing current and future industry capabilities, including fostering space research and development centers and further developing advanced capacity building programs.

Commemorative Stamp
During the ceremony, a special commemorative stamp was launched in collaboration with Empost to recognize the establishment of the Agency and its achievements over the past three years. Available for three dirhams, the stamp has a space background, also picturing Mars and the Hope Probe, which will launch in 2020.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said the stamp sought to highlight the Agency’s most significant successes since its establishment, as well as the institutional excellence it has demonstrated over the past three years. He added that this was a source of pride for employees and engineers at the Agency, as it immortalizes the many achievements to which they have all contributed.

H.E. Dr. Al Ahbabi explained that the stamp highlights the UAE’s ambitions towards Mars by detailing the Hope Probe, which has spearheaded national space exploration programs. The Hope Probe will study the Martian atmosphere and factors contributing to dramatic climate change, while the Mars 2117 project will see Emirati settlement of Mars within 100 years.

New website
The ceremony also saw the launch of the UAE Space Agency’s new website, with a modern, interactive and user-friendly design that reflects its brand and highlights its various missions and departments.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi said that timing of the new website launch reflected the expansion in services and initiatives being undertaken by the Agency — from space activities and industry regulations to educational programs that raise awareness and build national capacities. He also affirmed that the Space Agency has now left the foundational phase, having laid the strong pillars necessary to lead a national space program and occupy an important position on the international scene.

The site, available in both Arabic and English, was designed according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority standards. It serves as a window for the public to familiarize themselves with the Agency’s programs and projects, including space exploration projects, astronomical observation events, satellite programs, licensing of space activities and recording of space objects.

The site provides visitors with information about the Agency’s efforts in science, technology, research and development, as well as delivering comprehensive details about national policies and strategies relevant to the industry, and forthcoming national space law, legislations and regulations.

The new website showcases educational initiatives and current competitions, as well as highlighting the services offered by the Agency. Visitors may request school visits, apply for scholarships and internships, find details about grants and funding, and browse job opportunities.

In line with the Agency’s strategic goals, and meeting the highest standards of efficiency and transparency, visitors can use the site to speak directly with higher management, voice opinion through some of the Agency’s regular polls, and connect with the Space Agency through social media accounts.

The site includes a comprehensive media center, complete with a gallery of photos, videos and presentations. A full calendar of activities and open data is also available. Furthermore, media outlets are able to communicate with the Agency media team, download a media portfolio, and review the latest news and opinion pieces posted by the Agency’s higher management and engineers.

National and Global Achievements
The ceremony showcased the UAE Space Agency’s achievements across several fields, including the establishment of a strong foundation for the national space program, positioning the sector internationally and acquiring global recognition, as well as global contributions to astronomy. Also highlighted was the development of a specialized workforce capable of leading the industry, organizing high-level events in the UAE and representing the local space sector abroad.

Over the past three years, the Agency has succeeded in advancing the national space sector, especially through the development of laws and regulations. In particular, this progress includes the adoption of the National Space Policy in September 2016.

This landmark achievement followed the successful launch of the National Space Strategy in 2015, in line with the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to position the UAE among the world’s leading nations by its 50th anniversary.

In terms of international positioning, the Space Agency has earned the recognition of various international space organizations and agencies around the world. To date, the Agency has signed 16 international Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration in space exploration and knowledge exchange. These include national space agencies of the US, UK, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, Italy and Algeria, among others.

Furthermore, the Agency gained membership to leading international space organizations. Most recently, in September 2016, it joined the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). The Agency also represents the UAE on the IAF’s International Space Exploration Committee, the International Space Exploration Coordination Group, the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and the Group on Earth Observation, among others.

Building on its international presence, the UAE Space Agency hosted the Global Space Congress in early 2017. Held in Abu Dhabi, the two-day conference discussed and devised approaches, policies and strategies for the global space sector, as well as outlining issues surrounding funding of space activities. The conference saw participation from 600 prominent local, regional and global space sector figures, with presentations and panel discussions by heads of government agencies, leading space-related companies, and academic experts. The wide participation underlined the leading position held by the UAE in the field of space.

The conference successfully brought together leaders of Arab agencies and authorities, underlining the important role played by the UAE in developing regional space capabilities. This comes as part of broader efforts to revive the Arab legacy and heritage of vast contributions to space sciences and astronomy.

The UAE Space Agency has made significant appearances and representations at the most notable international events, where it has showcased the unique vision and success stories coming out of the country to international decision makers and industry bodies. This includes the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Global SatShow, MAKS-2015 in Moscow, the Paris Airshow, the Japan World Space week, Dubai Airshow and the first Science Innovation Forum in Abu Dhabi.

The Agency represented the UAE in important relevant international events, exhibitions, and conferences, to showcase its vision and success stories, and to share experiences with international decision makers, including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Global SatShow, MAKS-2015 in Moscow, the Paris Airshow, the Japan World Space week, Dubai Airshow and the first Science Innovation Forum in Abu Dhabi.

In November 2015, the UAE Space Agency organized a joint scientific campaign in collaboration with the UAE’s International Astronomy Center that would observe objects entering Earth’s atmosphere from outer space. This project drew international attention, and catered for further study to improve the tools used in accurately mapping trajectories of space objects such as meteors and satellites.

Agency collaboration with the International Astronomy Center also led to the development of a network to monitor space objects, comprising of three ground sites across the UAE that automatically record objects’ movements. The network is making significant contributions and benefits to the field of astronomy, as it records and maps previously unmonitored areas.

Through cooperating with a range of local and international partners and stakeholders, the Space Agency has raised the level of scientific education in the UAE, including a revised syllabus and a feasibility study on the STEM curriculum. A number of space research centers have also been developed in the UAE, most notably the National Space Science and Technology Center, a joint project between the UAE Space Agency, the TRA’s ICT Fund and UAE University. The groundbreaking center is the first of its kind in the region and will support national strategic plans for space science and technology.

The Agency also signed MoUs with eight leading UAE universities to set frameworks of cooperation in education, research, science, technology and space applications in order to support the local sector. It also offers a number of scholarships to excellent students, funding and facilitating their studies at home or abroad. Similarly, the Agency has organized summer camps to develop students’ knowledge about space, and devised a capacity building program in cooperation with prominent international partners.

The Agency organized national competitions to encourage students in the UAE to join the space industry in the future, such as Genes in Space. These exciting engagement programs have seen wide contributions and submissions from students excelling in STEM fields. In line with its mission and objectives, the Space Agency is continuously raising awareness about the importance and applications of space activities. The Agency has held regular planetary observation events that are open and free to the public, allowing them to use advanced telescopes to view Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and others. These events are attended by local professors and experts, who provide free public lectures in astronomy and space exploration.

Robert S. Harward, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin UAE, said: “On behalf of Lockheed Martin, I want to congratulate the UAE Space Agency on their third anniversary. Your commitment to international space collaboration and human capital development are a testimony to the UAE’s progressive vision for the future and its commitment to the development of a dynamic space sector in the Middle East and far beyond.”

Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa and Middle East, said: “The UAE Space Agency stands testament to the nation’s pioneering spirit and commitment to shaping the future of the global aerospace industry. From engaging with the youth on future space initiatives to fostering industry innovation with the Emirates Mars Mission, the Agency has achieved remarkable success in a relatively short span of time. As a supporter and industry partner, we salute the UAE Space Agency’s ambition and look forward to continuing our collaboration.”

Ahmed Ali Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya said: “We want to congratulate the UAE Space Agency on completing 3 successful years. In this short span of time, the Agency has rendered itself a true regional leader in space, and has gained a remarkable reputation among the international space community.”

He added: “We are glad to have been involved in the process of developing UAE’s space infrastructure and to have contributed in establishing the UAE Space Agency. As a pioneer in this nation’s satellite operations, Thuraya will continue to innovate satellite services to be at the forefront of the global satellite industry and fulfil our national leaders’ vision to contribute to advancements in space technology on an international level for the benefit of humankind. In this regard, we are eager to keep collaborating with the Agency on multiple programs and events and lend support in their endeavours to increase the community’s awareness and interest in space activities, build worldwide partnerships, and strengthen UAE’s legacy in space innovations.”

Mona Al Muhairi, Chief Human Capital Officer at Yahsat, said: “Over the past three years the UAE Space Agency has propelled the UAE’s space sector, created opportunities for human capital development by investing in Emirati talent and driven interest in science, technology, and engineering. We at Yahsat would like to congratulate the UAE Space Agency on achieving these significant milestones within a very short period of time. We are looking forward to continue working alongside the UAE Space Agency as it drives the country‘s space ambitions and makes noteworthy contributions to scientific research and innovation.”

H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, congratulated the UAE Space Agency for its third anniversary, praising its accomplishments at all levels, and giving a bright image about the UAE space sector in all local, Arab, global and international forums.

Al Shaibani praised the Agency’s constructive efforts to promote the UAE’s space sector through its agreements with international space agencies and launching a sustainable space strategy that addresses the current and future development needs of the sector. He also highlighted the UAESA’s initiatives and programs that support building specialized national cadres and establishing future generation of UAE space scientists.

Al Shaibani stressed on the strong relationship between MBRSC and the UAESA, pointing out the collaboration between the two entities on the Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Mission, saying: “We are proud of our joint work with the UAESA to achieve the first Arab and Islamic mission to outer space.”

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HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition Debuts in Dubai

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Huawei opened its first-ever HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition, titled “A Heartwarming World – 12 Years of Huawei Photography” on May 8th, 2024, at Alserkal Avenue, the cultural district of Dubai, UAE, marking the largest photography exhibition in Huawei’s history. HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024, the annual competition that celebrates Huawei’s open platform for smartphone photographic excellence, officially kicked off during the opening. Now in its eighth year, the competition aims to inspire consumers to unleash their creativity and imagination through Huawei’s leading XMAGE imaging technology.

The exhibition, themed “A Heartwarming World,” showcases nearly 300 photographs captured on Huawei smartphones. Selected from millions of submissions, these images depict moments of warmth, tranquillity, and joy from every corner of the globe, demonstrating the relatable moments of everyday life. Through powerful technology and experiences, the exhibition aims to ignite imagination, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the life, story and emotions beyond what’s captured in these images.

The exhibition highlights the rapid evolution of mobile photography over the past decade. Featuring photos taken with Huawei smartphones released over 12 years. It demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to driving innovation in mobile imaging technology. Through photography competitions, community events, and trend reports, Huawei has played a key role in promoting mobile photography culture. Recently, the HUAWEI P series, known for its cutting-edge smartphone camera technologies, has been upgraded to the HUAWEI Pura series. This evolution, along with the continued development of HUAWEI XMAGE takes smartphone photography to new heights.

The exhibition explores eight different themes: The Secrets of Mother Nature, Landscapes and Spaces, A Dialogue with Animals, The Story of Life, You and Me, The Joy of Sports, The Power of Moments, and The World of Youth.

“In an era dominated by technology and speed, it’s easy for people to be overwhelmed by external noise and stress,” noted Chen Xiaobo, exhibition curator and 9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association. “It’s reassuring to see creators worldwide capturing and conveying heartwarming moments with Huawei smartphones. These images act as bridges that resonate with souls, transmitting genuine warmth and beauty.”

The HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 launched officially during the exhibition’s opening ceremony. As an open platform celebrating smartphone photographic excellence, the annual competition encourages the use of unique perspectives and creativity, pushing the boundaries of mobile photography artistry. Since its beginning in 2017, users from more than 170 countries and regions have contributed nearly 4 million entries to this yearly competition.

This year’s XMAGE Awards introduces four new categories – Moments, Faces, So Far So Close, and Style, showcasing Huawei’s prowess in Snapshot, Portrait photography, telephoto and macro photography, and colour styling. Additionally, new awards such as “Best of Pura Series and “Best of Mate series” have been created to encourage exploration using Huawei’s flagship camera systems.

The competition also welcomed a new panel of esteemed judges: Chen Xiaobo (9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association), Keith Ladzinski (National Geographic Photographer and Emmy Nominated Director), James Perolls (Fashion Photographer and Director), Susi Belianska (Portrait Photographer and Visual Artist), and Li Changzhu (Huawei Consumer Business Group). This panel will select the most compelling works.

Registration for the HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 is now open, with entries closing on September 15, 2024, at 24:00 Beijing time (GMT+8). For more information and to enter the competition, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/xmage

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HUAWEI Launches GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity

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Huawei has officially kicked off the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity. From 5 January 2024 to 29 February 2024, participants can showcase their digital art skills in an online activity that embodies Huawei’s commitment to fostering creativity. The HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is a platform for creative individuals or anyone passionate about creating. With Huawei tablets designed to deliver delightful creative features, the activity aims to inspire creativity and empower more people to engage in artistic pursuits and to bring to life the concept of ‘Creation of Beauty’.

Recently, Huawei elevated the creative experience with the release of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2”, the ultimate tablet for creativity. It features a flexible OLED screen and an ultra-thin and lightweight design, with a stunning 94% screen-to-body ratio. Paired with the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), which offers a 10,000+ pressure sensing level, the tablet enables mastery over a variety of artistic styles. Designed for creative minds, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” ensures that your artistic vision is captured with unmatched precision and ease.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” pre-orders are now available in the UAE at a price of AED3,399 with gifts worth AED 1,696 including HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2, the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), Magnetic Keyboard, 3 months of free HUAWEI Care + and Microsoft Office 365. Customers who order the 512GB version of the tablet will also receive the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2. The MatePad Pro 13.2” is available on Huawei’s official website and retailers.

Following this launch, the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is extending the invitation to those passionate about art to continually inspire and energise their creative spirit. If you believe that to create is a universal calling, Huawei invites you to pick up your digital brush and ‘GoPaint’!

HUAWEI GoPaint will reward winners with a creation fund, including:

  • Best Creative Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Visual Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Storytelling Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Most Popular Award (2 winners): $5000
  • Honourable Mention (15 winners): $2000

How to Participate
To participate in the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity, simply submit your artwork in either of the following methods, before the submission deadline, 29 February 2024 at 24:00 Beijing Time (GMT +8):

Method 1: Open My HUAWEI app on your phone or tablet, register within the app, and submit your work on the GoPaint page in the app.

Method 2: Post your work on Instagram or Facebook with #HUAWEIGoPaint, and mention the huaweimobile official account.

A Creative Journey Through Culture, Cityscapes, and Characters

HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity consists of three conceptual categories:

  • Culture – Culture is the calling of all creators, the essence of our soul, where experience meets inspiration, and possibilities are endless.
  • City – If the world is a blank canvas, its cities are the lines, dots and brushstrokes that colour it.
  • Character – We are nothing without the people around us. The everyday acts of kindness, bravery, love, and resilience that give our lives meaning and purpose.

Submission Requirements
Artworks should be submitted in either JPG or PNG format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and a file size of no more than 20 MB. Each uploaded work must have a 30 to 80-word text description. Participants are encouraged to carefully review each category before submitting their work to the most suitable one. Participants can only use HUAWEI tablets to create their artwork – any model is acceptable.

For more details, please visit the official website: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/gopaint/

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Nothing Apparel Drop 1 Announced

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Nothing, the London-based consumer tech brand, has announced the first of several Limited Drops for its inaugural Apparel collection. The first two pieces will be available to purchase on nothing.tech from 11:00 GMT on Thursday 7 December and at Nothing Store Soho.

GCC customers can get their hands on the Limited First Drop exclusively at the Nothing Pop-up in Soledxb festival,  from 8-10 December and from 11th December onwards at FRAME Boutique till stock last. An ode to the 1970s IBM factory floor, the Labcoat embodies Nothing’s founding design principle: transparency.

Product details below:

  • Regular fit and thigh length
  • Multiple pockets with zip closures
  • Back bottom hem vent for mobility
  • Right chest pocket with multiple compartments and zip closure
  • Inside adjustable waist with drawstring
  • Hanger loop at back neck
  • YKK Natulon zippers made from recycled materials including PET bottles. Yarn used in the tape is made from 99% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • 100% biodegradable plant-based packaging

To top things off, there is the Transparent Cap (one size) that pairs effortlessly with Nothing’s Transparent Labcoat (available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes). Conceptualised with teenage engineering, Nothing Apparel is focused on quality-driven wardrobe staples designed to withstand the test of time, featuring a line of caps, coats, tracksuits and more.

The Transparent Cap will be sold at AED 149 and the Transparent Labcoat at AED 699. Further Apparel drops will be announced in 2024. Apparel will be available in all current markets where Nothing sells directly to consumers on nothing.tech.

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