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.


Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 18 February 2020

Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has announced a partnership with the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland — Saudi Arabia (HTMi), and the international nonprofit Education for Employment (EFE), in an effort to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. With the help of EFE and HTMi, the hotel will sponsor various groups of women throughout the year, each for four months of training at HTMi — Riyadh. The hotel will then recruit them in various departments where they will be able to contribute to the best of their abilities. 

“I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate with the team of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya their new initiative to support Hyatt’s global program ‘RiseHY,’ which is designed to introduce youth to hospitality and provide needed employment opportunities,” said Giuseppina Bavasso, Hyatt’s director of human resources — Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. “The RiseHY program builds on our long-standing commitment with our existing or new relationships with community-based organizations across the world to provide vocational training and career readiness programs. We understand the challenges young people face and we believe that hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities can lead to long-life career chances.”

RiseHY is a global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth by 2025.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to boost women’s participation in the local labor market and provide equal and rewarding opportunities for everyone, so that they may use their talents and abilities to contribute to the Kingdom’s economy,” said Walid El-Awadly, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s general manager. “Building an inclusive and diverse workforce has always been an integral part of Hyatt’s DNA and our commitment toward RiseHY is a chance to bring employment opportunities to the members of the communities in which we operate. This commitment brings Hyatt’s purpose — to care for people so they can be their best — to life in the Riyadh community.”

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened its doors to guests in January 2017. The hotel offers 260 guest rooms, including 39 suites, spread across 28 floors.

Hyatt Regency’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on stimulating tourism and boosting the Kingdom’s economy. The current Hyatt portfolio in the country comprises Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al-Sulaimania, and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.