Dubai, 9 Dec, 2012: A model of DubaiSat-2 showcased at Dubai Mall as part of the 41st UAE National Day celebrations attracted a significant number of visitors. The display by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) was aimed to raise awareness and highlight the UAE’s achievements in space research.

“The private and public sectors have joined hands to celebrate the 41st UAE National Day, and EIAST is proud to be part of this celebration. The UAE is among the first Arab countries to make rapid strides in space research, and is constantly investing and exploring more opportunities in this sector.” H.E. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansouri, Director General of EIAST said, adding that the country is keen to train its citizens and increase the competencies of the youth in this field.

H.E. said the UAE has succeeded in becoming a key player in international affairs since the formation of the Federation in 1971, and noted that since then, the country has made several achievements in all areas, including the space industry.

At Dubai Mall, EIAST offered visitors information about DubaiSat-2, enhancing their awareness about the space mission and showcasing the UAE’s efforts in promoting sustainable knowledge.

The DubaiSat-2 project is a joint development programme between EIAST and Satrec Initiative of South Korea, in which 16 UAE engineers have been working on the design, development, testing and manufacturing of the satellite. The participation of the UAE engineers, who are currently working in South Korea, has increased by 100 per cent from the DubaiSat-1 project and it is hoped that this will take EIAST to the next level in satellite development.

About The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST):

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is a Dubai Government Department established in 2006 to promote scientific innovation and advanced technology in the UAE.

EIAST’s primary roles are to promote the culture of advanced scientific research and technology innovation in Dubai and the UAE, enhance and build an internationally competitive base for human skills development, position Dubai and the UAE as a science and technology development hub among advanced nations, and establish international collaborative links and joint projects with industry and research organizations.

EIAST is conducting research using satellite data in many areas to monitor various environmental changes, and manage natural hazards, in addition to identifying the quality of water in the Gulf region – especially the effect of waste distillation on the environment and marine life existing in the oceans surrounding the UAE. In addition to studying ways to improve the clarity of satellite pictures, EIAST is researching change detection on land and sea as well as image algorithms and quality enhancement.

EIAST provides services and programmes at all local, regional and international levels, and is also cooperating with several bodies and international space programmes.

EIAST is closely working with UAE universities on different educational areas, such as resolution enhancement, quality improvement and detection algorithms for different phenomena in images.

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DubaiSat-2 Model at Dubai Mall attracts significant public interest

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