Dubai, UAE: Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut, is delivering a talk on the on the future of the UAE astronaut programme and space exploration at the Museum of the Future’s Auditorium on Wednesday 19 October.
Al Mansoori’s keynote, in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), is part of the Museum of the Future’s Future Talks series. The series is part of the museum’s efforts to shed light on inspiring Arab and international figures and present pioneering ideas to experts in the academic, scientific, cultural, social, developmental, and other sectors. The talks aim to explore horizons and opportunities to imagine and design the future.
As part of his visit to the Museum of the Future, Al Mansouri will host a kids’ story-telling session about his visit to the space, where he will engage with around 20 children. The activity, which takes place on Level 5 of the museum in the OSS Hope exhibition, is in line with its aim to inspire future generations. OSS Hope is a depiction of a space station in the year 2071 where visitors interact with various stories and join its community.
The Future Talks series is a platform that aims to celebrate and highlight great Arab minds in various fields. It is part of the museum’s objective to champion a knowledge- and technology-based movement in the region, bringing together great Arab minds to harness and channel their creative energies to create a better future for our communities.
The series of talks have covered many topics such as humanity’s relation to robots, Dubai’s role in investing in the future, the future of mixed reality, the state of sciences and the Arab world, the future of mobility, the role of the metaverse, the future of finance and technology, and the state of the world in 2022. Future Talks reflect the museum’s role as a global intellectual centre that brings together international partners and specialised research institutions to study current and future challenges to provide new and innovative solutions.
Hazza Al Mansoori
Al Mansoori is part of the UAE Astronaut Programme, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and, in 2017. Hazza Al Mansoori’s journey into space in September 2019 made the UAE the 19th country worldwide, and the first country in the Arab region, to travel to the ISS. The former military pilot was selected from 4,022 candidates, following a series of mental and physical tests in the UAE and abroad. He underwent more than 1,400 hours of special training as part of an agreement between MBRSC and major space agencies, including NASA, Roscosmos, ESA, and JAXA.