Nat Geo to document UAE’s meteoric rise into space

The KhalifaSat is one of the world’s most advanced remote-sensing Earth observation satellites which was built in the Space Technology Laboratories at the MBRSC.
Updated 17 April 2019
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Nat Geo to document UAE’s meteoric rise into space

National Geographic has announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) to document the UAE’s journey into space. The four-part documentary series will focus on the UAE’s meteoric rise into space, its achievements and ambitions.

The series is set to capture the essence of why and how the space industry was established in the UAE, its importance and how it plays a larger role in tackling the environmental challenges facing the Earth, from climate change to declining natural resources and food security. At the same time, the series will examine the feasibility of life beyond our planet, based on data collected from space and advanced research.

The documentary will capture riveting stories such as the development and launch of KhalifaSat, the first 100 percent Emirati-developed satellite, traveling to Mars, and building the first city on Mars.

“We are so proud of this groundbreaking partnership, which celebrates the UAE leadership’s bold vision to inspire generations of Emiratis to reach for the stars,” said Sanjay Raina, senior vice president, Fox Networks Group, and general manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.

“Our fascination with space goes back over 100 years and we have been passionate about bringing stories of new frontiers of exploration to audiences around the world since then.” What is equally important in this massive undertaking by MBRSC is its goal: To create sustainable solutions to our global resource and environmental challenges and provide an international platform for knowledge-sharing and development.” 

KhalifaSat is one of the world’s most advanced remote-sensing Earth observation satellites. It was built in the Space Technology Laboratories at the MBRSC andsuccessfully launched into orbit on Oct. 29, 2018 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center aboard the H-HA rocket. 

National Geographic’s series will also delve into the build-up toward the UAE’s most daring projects to date, particularly those related to Mars. These episodes will focus on the Emirates Mars Mission — Hope Probe, the first Arab mission to Mars. The mission is set to launch in 2020 and arrive at the Red Planet by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the UAE. The series will also cover the creation of a 100-year plan to establish a livable city on the planet by 2117 through the Mars 2117 Strategy.


Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

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Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer for Volkswagen in Saudi Arabia, has announced a boost in sales to women following the first anniversary of women’s driving in the Kingdom. 

A milestone for women across the country with almost 50,000 driver licenses issued so far, the dealer has welcomed female drivers through the doors and as a result has experienced an increase in sales specifically to women, accounting for 25 percent of total sales so far for 2019. 

According to Samaco, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the No.1 choice for women and is preferred for its functionality and safety features. The Tiguan is closely followed by a popular car for larger families, the seven-seater Teramont — an SUV kitted with cutting-edge design and smart technology. 

Mohammed Moussa, general manager for Volkswagen at Samaco, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of this exciting time for women across the country. Our increase in sales speak for themselves and we are honored to be the preferred choice for so many women and their families. With outstanding new models such as the latest Touareg and Teramont and the ever popular Tiguan, we have no doubt that Volkswagen will continue to play an exciting part of people’s journey to getting out onto the roads across Saudi Arabia.”

The increase in female Volkswagen owners in the Kingdom resulted in the first women’s car club forming earlier this year. Central to the creation of the club was Ammal Farhat, who has always been passionate about gender equality. She said the Volkswagen Women’s Car Club represents exactly that. 

“We were given the opportunity to drive a year ago and what a difference that year has made for thousands of women across Saudi Arabia. The Volkswagen Women’s Car Club unites us in a way that we never thought possible before. Now that we can get behind the wheel, we feel more empowered and have a greater sense of independence and control over our own lives,” said Farhat.

Samaco Automotive is the exclusive dealer of Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars in Saudi Arabia. The company provides a full range of services incorporating sales of new and pre-owned cars and commercial vehicles, leasing and full after-sales support with a dedicated service and parts team located at its showrooms and workshops in Jeddah, Riyadh and Alkhobar.