Countries in the Middle East are quickly taking their place in the cosmos by launching satellites, and UAE is shining bright in this constellation after its stellar voyage to Mars. The Emirates has already propelled their ambitious galactic push to speed up a mission to the moon, and is also assembling its second home-made satellite.
The country with its eyes on the stars, is also demonstrating its cosmic prowess on the ground with projects like a replica of Mars in the desert near Dubai, in the run up to a real Martian city in future. This sky high ambition and the zeal to venture out in the stellar realm, have helped Dubai clinch the opportunity to host the world’s largest space event this year.
The Emirati smart oasis which has launched satellites for security and climate monitoring apart from the hope probe, is expecting thousands of visitors at the Astronautical Congress. Dubai is also trying to rope in Space X founder Elon Musk and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who had attended the previous edition of the conference.
Dubai’s first astronauts Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi will also make an appearance, along with its next set of space voyagers Nora Al Matroushi and Mohammed Al Mulla. Since the IAF started organising the event in 1950, UAE is the first Arab country which will host this cosmic congress.
Over 3000 visitors, including representatives from global space agencies and private firms will be arriving in the city, which has currently received 100,000 people in just five months at Expo 2020. The country which also successfully pulled off major tech events like GITEX during the pandemic, is currently working on sending a robot on the moon by 2022.
Dubai is already giving a glimpse of futuristic space exploration to the world at Expo 2020, through a powerful radio satellite that can sense the presence of aliens by sensing their signals.