On Monday 11 February, the International Astronautical Federation – IAF and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre – MBRSC signed, on the occasion of the 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai, the contract of the 71st International Astronautical Congress to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 12 – 16 October 2020.
Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, IAF President and H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, MBRSC Director General both underlined the capital milestone this contract is for the two organizations. Indeed, it will be the very first time that the world’s premier global space congress will gather the international space community in the United Arab Emirates.
The IAF is particularly proud to have as host organization, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, a very active member of the Federation since 2012. Moreover, given the substantial investments done in the Arab region towards space activities and the birth of many space-related organisations, the Federation looks forward to welcoming many more Arabic members in the years to come and surely hopes the IAC2020 will work as a catalyst in this respect.
2020 promises to be an exceptional year for Dubai which, in addition to the IAC, will also host the Expo 2020, a festival celebrating the human genius. As stated by Dr. Le Gall, “the Federation is confident that IAC 2020 will not only be a successful event with a record-breaking number of participants, but will also pave the way to fruitful discussions and to the involvement and inclusion of more Arabic countries in the space scene”.
The contract signature was followed by a press conference.