DUBAI, October 19 / WAM / A delegation from the Scottish International Development Authority, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the University of Edinburgh visited the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center “DATEC”, the largest center of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, and wholly owned by the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.
The Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center hosted the Tartan Space Business Show, during which Scottish space companies presented their pioneering technologies in this field.
Hans Henrik Christensen, Vice President of the Dubai Technology Center for Entrepreneurship “Dtec”, received Eng. Adnan Al Rayes, Director of the “Mars 2117” Program at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, Kevin Scullion, an expert in commercial activity related to the space industries at the Scottish International Development Authority, and Professor Ian Woodhouse, Head of the Earth Observation Department. applied at the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, as well as representatives of six Scottish aerospace companies that participated in the Tartan Space Business Show.
Christensen gave a detailed explanation to the delegation about the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center and its role in supporting start-up companies in the country, and said, “The Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority established the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center as a center for entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate, exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, and the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center aims to support aspiring entrepreneurs. Start-up owners are on their journey to success based on Dubai Silicon Oasis’ status as an integrated technology free zone and its network of investors.”
He added, “In the space sector specifically, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority has entered into a partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in several areas, including the establishment of the satellite ground station within a project – Programming in Space – recently, which is an educational satellite ground station.”
Christensen added: “We are pleased to welcome the Scottish Authority for International Development and explore avenues of collaboration in space science, particularly given Scotland’s unique achievements in ground-breaking research, innovation and comprehensive capabilities across the industry’s value chain, as well as the innovative ideas previously put forward by the six Scottish space companies. We look forward to hosting her at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center in Dubai Silicon Oasis and supporting her business in the UAE.”
For his part, Eng. Adnan Al Rayes, Director of the Mars 2117 Program at MBRSC, said, “We are keen to provide a supportive environment for doing business in the field of space technologies and research with various stakeholders. In this context, we are pleased to welcome the Scottish Authority for International Development – SDI – and space companies We must commend the efforts made by the UAE today, which aim to be at the forefront of the world’s countries that are developing their capabilities in the field of space due to the great impact of these efforts on its overall growth and development Accordingly, we are committed to consolidating our global partnerships to contribute effectively to achieving our desired goals.”
Six of the finalists at the Tartan Space Business Event gave presentations to local and global audience of space stakeholders and investors, and the nominees were Dr. Sonali Mohapatra, Director of Space Applications at Craft Prospect, Derek Harris, CEO of Ecosene, and Mick O’Connor, Director of Programs at Prestwick Spaceport, Chris Newlands, Founder and CEO of Spelfie, Katie Miller, President of Communications and Co-Skyrora, and Robin Sampson, Founder and Managing Director of Trade in Space.”
For his part, Kevin Scullion said, “We are pleased to be in Dubai to highlight the space sector in Scotland and to present our plans to be a leading country in the field of space. Annually, our space sector business system is highly attractive to international partners, so we were proud to present our success story through these presentations that will help us develop future trade opportunities.”
Anna Hazlitt, Principal at AzurX, said, “Our company supports innovation in space with the aim of encouraging international entrepreneurs and investors to collaborate with industry and academia actors as well as with government and the private sector in the UAE to support a vibrant and diversified business environment for the space industries. Dubai Tech Entrepreneurship is expanding in the space field, as Dubai may become a second home for the Scottish space innovators who showcased their technologies at the center.”
After making presentations and answering questions, the delegation toured the facilities of the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Center, which includes more than 1,000 startup companies from 75 countries, and the center will provide additional space for about 800 startup companies in the next three years after expanding its headquarters by more than 60,000 square feet Total to more than 108000 square feet.