18 November 2008. Highlighting the dramatically rising interest and investment in space in the Gulf region, the United Arab Emirates organized for the first time a Global Space Technology Forum from 16 to 18 November 2008 at Abu Dhabi. ESPI was invited to give a keynote on the importance of national space policies.
The organizers of this new Global Space Technology Forum, the first large space conference in the Middle East region, intend to play a major role in the growth of a larger regional aerospace economy there. The Forum is scoped to provide the region with a model that can assist existing and new players in the field of public and commercial space activities and the related technologies. It shall support the regional space industry and demonstrate the benefits of space applications to a broad user community.
In this context, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl was invited to give a keynote on the importance of national space policies in the new international context. This Forum provided a good opportunity to share research results of ESPI with representatives from this region and also provide them with advice for their efforts in building up and organizing the national and regional governance of space activities.
Panel from left to right: Prof. Abdelhaq Hamza (University of Sharjah), H.E Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori (Director General, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology, UAE) and ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl