DQG invites submissions for UAE Innovation Award

Fatma Buti Al-Mheiri, chair of UAE Innovation Chapter
Updated 03 October 2019

DQG invites submissions for UAE Innovation Award

Dubai Quality Group (DQG), in association with Team Power International, is accepting submissions from local government entities, NGOs, and private sector companies in the UAE for the third cycle of the UAE Innovation Award.

Launched in 2016, the award, which strongly supports the UAE National Innovation Strategy, is one of the latest initiatives under DQG, a nonprofit organization set up by Dubai Economy in 1994 to promote excellence and innovation in the region.

The award has now widened participation to include applications from revenue-generating local government entities, in addition to private sector companies and NGOs.

Top performing organizations will be announced and appreciated at an awarding ceremony in February 2020, coinciding with UAE Innovation Month.

Submissions to the award will close on Nov. 14, and organizations interested in applying this year are invited to attend a complimentary awareness session on Oct. 17.

Hassan Omar, chairman of DQG, said: “The UAE Innovation Award is the latest strategic initiatives of DQG, and we are pleased to announce the third cycle of the award under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.”

Fatma Buti Al-Mheiri, chair of UAE Innovation Chapter, said: “The UAE Innovation Award this year has opened submissions to revenue-generating local government entities and NGOs, in addition to private sector companies, thus spreading the benefits of the award on a wider scale. The award framework and criteria have been designed based on world-class innovation concepts and best practices and will be an excellent tool for companies to assess and raise their innovation level. By spreading innovation culture, we are pleased that the UAE Innovation Award will significantly contribute to the achievement of the national innovation strategy aimed at making the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world.”


MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

Updated 27 May 2020

MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

National Geographic, in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has aired a new film documenting the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. The 22-minute eye-gripping documentary, the second in a four-part film series, premiered on May 25 on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

Capturing the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi, the documentary highlights their dreams and aspirations, which inspired them to follow their ambitions to become astronauts. The film also highlights the hundreds of hours of mental and physical training that enabled them to successfully complete the UAE’s historic mission to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

Celebrating the first Emirati astronaut mission, the National Geographic film depicts Al-Mansoori’s experience of arriving at the ISS and sheds light on his emotional journey back to Earth.

Showcasing how the dreams of a young boy growing up in a small desert town in Liwa turned to reality, the documentary narrates the personal story of Al-Mansoori, who achieved his long-cherished goal of space travel, with sheer grit and determination.

“I have grown up with this dream of reaching the stars and I believe that everyone should look outside at night and dream about space. 

HIGHLIGHT

The documentary charts the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space.

“The night before the launch, I was really busy and could not sleep as I was really excited that I was going to space. Reaching the ISS was the proudest moment of my life and I am extremely proud that I accomplished the mission,” said Al-Mansoori.

Moreover, the film gives unique insights into how the UAE astronaut Al-Neyadi’s experience and special expertise in dealing with cutting-edge technology at the UAE military prepared him toward solving some of the most challenging and complex problems related to space.

“Space is really tough on humans and so I had to undergo a lot of physical training exercises, strengthening my muscles and being well equipped to handle everything as a backup flight crew. The specialized training really helped me in adapting myself to all kinds of environments expected in space,” said Al-Neyadi.

In a riveting and compelling style, the documentary charts the journey of Al-Mansoori and Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space. The film also depicts how the Emirati astronauts trained for emergencies that could potentially endanger their lives and the safety of their mission in space.