UAE space agency launches youth council to empower the next generation of Emirati space leaders

The UAE Space Agency has launched a youth council to inspire, support and empower talented young Emiratis with an interest in space.
Updated 28 December 2017
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UAE space agency launches youth council to empower the next generation of Emirati space leaders

The UAE Space Agency has launched a youth council to inspire, support, and empower talented young Emiratis with an interest in space. Formed as a result of the agency’s efforts to foster a generation of young Emirati space leaders, the council was launched during an official ceremony at the UAE Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al-Falasi, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairperson of the Emirates Youth Council Shamma Al-Mazrui, Director General of the UAE Space Agency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and other senior officials and representatives.
“The launch of the UAE Space Agency Youth Council comes in line with the agency’s efforts. The council aims to empower ambitious, Emirati youth, to lead the national space sector and contribute to the UAE’s vision,” stated Al-Falasi. “The council operates in the framework of the ‘UAE’ Centennial 2071’ vision, which aims to empower the people of the UAE to realize their talents and capabilities to serve the nation’s economic, social and technological objectives — and ultimately be the best nation by 2071.”
Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi said: “This initiative comes as part of our commitment to inspiring youth and supporting them in learning and developing. Encouraging youth to enter the space sector is a key goal of the UAE Space Agency and a part of UAE Vision 2021 to ensure that the UAE develops the human capital necessary to create a world-leading knowledge economy. We seek to prepare and nurture generations of talented UAE nationals to become leaders in the space industry and related technological fields.”
Hamed Abdullah Fadqaa, Emirates Youth Council coordinator, said: “Young people around the world have the potential to contribute directly to elevating any nation thanks to their ambition, perseverance, and determination. The establishment of this council aims to provide a platform for Emirati youth to share their innovative ideas and locate the resources they need to implement them, in collaboration with various government, scientific, and research entities within the UAE.”
Several events were organized on the sidelines of the launch ceremony, such as a display of a Tesla electric car, which will be sent to Mars, a detailed explanation of the Space Settlements initiative being launched by the newly formed council, and a painting that sought to encapsulate the motivations the Emirati youth, signed by Dr. Ahmad Abdullah Belhoul Al-Falasi and a number of young UAE Space Agency employees.
The ceremony also featured the appearance of the young inventor Fatema Al-Kaabi who showcased some of her inventions. Students from the Masdar Institute also presented their model of a satellite. Finally, toward the end of the ceremony, a group photo was later taken using a drone.


Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
Updated 16 June 2019
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Millennium MEA confirms rights to Makkah hotel

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa (MEA), a hotel management company in the region, has addressed its guests with deep regrets for the inconvenience they might have encountered during their stay at Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers.
“It is with regret that Millennium and Copthorne had announced that on June 13, 2019 the owner of Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers had unlawfully, and in contrary to the terms of the operating and management agreement, interfered with the exclusive rights of Millennium in the management and operation of the hotel and towers,” the company said in a press release.
“Millennium disagrees with the owner’s acts and had commenced proceedings to remove this interference and confirm Millennium’s exclusive rights to manage and operate the hotel and towers without interference from the owner or others.
“Millennium regrets any inconvenience this situation has caused or may continue to cause to its guests.”
The company said it is pursuing all available legal courses of action inside the Kingdom, and is confident of the Saudi judiciary system in the protection of rights and imposing of justice.
Operating 4,067 keys in the Kingdom, Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA has affirmed its commitment to the Saudi market and pledged to continue its efforts toward tourism, travel and hospitality sectors in Saudi Arabia to achieve the goals of Vision 2030 and beyond.
Millennium Hotels & Resorts is a global hotel company, which was founded in 1989, on the vision of its chairman, Kwek Leng Beng, who leads Singapore’s Hong Leong Group. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company currently operates 40 hotels, has 14 hotels due to open this year and 35 hotels in the pipeline across the region.
The five-star Makkah Millennium Hotel is the closest hotel to the Holy Mosque, located by the Holy Haram Piazza in front of King Fahd Gate.
The luxury hotel features direct views of the Grand Mosque and the Holy Kaaba. The hotel has five restaurants, namely, Jasmin Café, Al-Fayhaa Restaurant, Al-Andalus Restaurant, Al-Noor Restaurant and Lagenda Restaurant.
Makkah Millennium Hotel is located close to many main attractions in the city, including important Islamic holy sites that are less than five miles away. Zamzam well, Jabal Al-Nour, Cave of Hira and the Makkah museum are some of the nearby landmarks, while other areas of interest close by include a large shopping mall, supermarket, and a variety of international restaurants and lounges.