His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Charles Bolden, Administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and members of the delegation accompanying him.
They spoke about scientific issues and efforts to harness space technology for peaceful and non-politicised purposes to serve all humanity.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed all forms of constructive cooperation between the UAE Space Agency, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and other relevant institutions in the UAE, on the one hand, and Nasa on the other, to serve science, scientists, common interests and all humanity.
The agreements signed by these institutions with Nasa, include training UAE nationals at Nasa and specialised universities; exchanging of expertise and knowledge; encouraging Emirati scientists’ innovation and creativity so as to enhance the UAE’s stature at the forefront of countries involved in space exploration for purely scientific purposes.
Sheikh Mohammed also highlighted the positive role that private national companies should play in training and supporting the Emirati youth to contribute towards enhancing the UAE’s global stature.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre; Khalifa Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality; Jasim Mohammed Al Zaabi, member of the board of the UAE Space Agency; Barbara A. Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE, and Paul Malik, US Consul-General in Dubai.