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

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

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

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.


SABB celebrates Riyadh on World Cities Day

Updated 02 December 2020

SABB celebrates Riyadh on World Cities Day

SABB celebrates Riyadh on World Cities Day

On the occasion of the UN’s World Cities Day, celebrated each year on Oct. 31, the Saudi British Bank (SABB) launched a campaign to show the urban development of Riyadh city, starting from infrastructure projects aimed at improving the quality of life to the organizational initiatives that have contributed to attracting glob- al investors.

SABB prepared an introductory report titled “My City” that was published on the bank’s website and distributed to individual and corporate clients inside and outside the Kingdom. This is in addition to publishing a brief on the website, mentioning the most prominent features of the developments taking place in the Kingdom at different levels, to support programs for sustainable and balanced growth, improving business environment, attracting foreign investment, and encour- aging innovation.

The “My City” report focuses on the role of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, as it is a transformative initiative aimed at developing the Kingdom’s economy, in addition to the positive impact that it had on Riyadh, considering that it is the capital and the main business center in the Kingdom. These developments are ex- pected to further contribute to improving the appearance and image of the city. The report also referred to the investments made by the Saudi government throughout history in order to enhance and develop other social services such as health, education and entertainment.

SABB has livened up its campaign to celebrate the city of Riyadh on this global occasion, by hanging a mural on the bank’s head office building, drawn by a young Saudi artist, Noura Bouzo, embodying the ancient history of Ri-yadh and its promising future. SABB is a licensed financial institution operating under the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s supervision and control. The bank was established in 1978 as a Saudi joint stock company. It is an associate company of the HSBC Group.

SABB offers integrated financial and banking services including personal banking, corporate banking, investment, private banking and treasury. The bank’s paid-up capital is SR20.5 billion ($5.4 billion) after its legal merger with Alawwal Bank, to become one entity and one of the largest banks in the Kingdom.