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Dubai Land Department sponsors Emirati space students

Real estate authority to send 15 students to NASA Space Academy in Singapore

Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that it is partnering with the UAE Space Agency as part of its commitment to support young local talent.

The government real estate organisation is sponsoring 15 Emirati students to travel to Singapore later this month, where they will earn about the basics of space exploration at the city-state’s renowned NASA Academy.

“The UAE Space Agency is delighted to record its partnership with Dubai Land Department and their sponsorship to provide an amazing opportunity for 15 exceptional Emirati girls from the American Academy Al-Mizhar to travel to the NASA Academy in Singapore. This exciting, innovative and imaginative project will provide the chance for students to experience Space science from a practical point of view as the nation prepares to send the Hope probe to Mars as part of the UAE’s 50th anniversary celebrations,” said H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency.

“In exchange, the UAE looks forward to welcoming young people from Singapore so they will learn about our culture and enjoy traditional Emirati hospitality. Such programs will help young people build life-long friendships and working partnerships across the international community. All staff and students at the American Academy Al-Mizhar are congratulated on their achievements and for setting an example we hope others will follow,” concluded Al Ahbabi.

“We are proud to be supporting this delegation of star Emirati students who have been selected to travel to Singapore’s NASA Academy based on their keenness and aptitude for learning. We believe that this trip is an ambitious initiative that will see the students form a knowledge vanguard for space-related matters. It underpins our nation’s commitment to enter the space age and join the world’s great powers in this area,” said Majida Ali Rashid, Assistant Director-General, DLD.

The 15 students will travel to Singapore on August 30 to learn about unmanned space missions at the NASA Academy. Their programme includes meeting experts who will be tutoring them on topics such as missile launches, space exploration and unmanned vehicle technology. The trip forms part of the UAE’s commitment to space ventures, having already planned to send a probe to Mars to coincide with the country’s 50th anniversary in 2021 and in doing so, be the first Arab country to undertake a mission to another planet.

DLD’s sponsorship of the 15 students in conjunction with the UAE Space Agency is part of a reciprocal arrangement that will see a number of students from Singapore coming to the UAE to learn about the country’s advances in space technology. All parties will be working to facilitate the realisation of the Emirates Mars Mission, with the UAE Space Agency coordinating and providing support for the programme as part of its extensive preparations for the venture. In a broader sense, it is hoped that the exchange programme will serve to cement ties across a variety of sectors between the UAE and Singapore.

“DLD will not hesitate to support any scientific project that contributes to the renaissance of the UAE and allows the country to occupy a leading position in the field of science and technology. We welcome any initiative that positions the UAE as one of the most prominent contributors to the advancement of human knowledge. This exchange programme works to fulfill the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, a vision of our journey commander, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai – may God protect him,” added Ms. Ali Rashid.