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IAC 2016: UAE Space Agency joins the International Astronautical Federation

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency. Photograph courtesy of
Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency. Photograph courtesy of

The UAE Space Agency has been inducted into the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) during the 2016 International Astronautical Congress being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, held 26-30 September 2016.

The IAF is a non-profit non-governmental organisation set up in 1951 under French law. Its structure is laid out in the IAF constitution that defines the IAF as a federation of member organisations where decisions are made by a General Assembly.

In its early years, the Federation and its annual International Astronautical Congresses – better known as the IAC – were one of few forums where the East, led by the then Soviet Union, and the West, led by the United States, could meet during the Space Race.

The IAF has seen its membership grow substantially following the integration of new and emerging space nations into its network. Its achievements in supporting international cooperation over the last six decades have been greatly fulfilling and a source of pride, and the Federation continues to build one of the largest worldwide networks of space experts and decision-makers.

Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Al R0maithi, Chairman of UAE Space Agency, said: “Joining the International Astronautical Federation is in line with our efforts to strengthening the UAE’s presence within the global space sector and establishing international relations with key players in the industry, which are central elements to the UAE Space Agency’s strategy.”

“The UAE Space Agency recognises the importance of international collaboration in the field of peaceful exploration of outer space, as this field is considered part of humankind’s common heritage. It is extremely important in our view for all competent entities in this field to work together towards the common goal of enhancing the welfare of humanity.”

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency, said: “Since its founding, the UAE Space Agency has been emphasising the importance of cooperating and collaborating with international partners in the fields of space science and the peaceful exploration of outer space. Membership in the IAF opens the door to the creation of a wide range of beneficial programmes and activities involving numerous organisations from around the world.”

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