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

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.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.