UAE Current Affairs - 2019

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UAE to establish 1st graduate-level, research-based AI university in world

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the establishment of first graduate-level, research-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) university in the world. The university is named as Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. He has for long advocated for UAE’s development of human capital via knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into future. The university campus will be in Masdar City.

About Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of world’s most advanced AI systems so as to unleash its potential for economic and societal development.

The university will enable graduate students, businesses and governments to advance AI field.

MBZUAI aligns with UAE’s leadership vision that is based on sustainable development, progress and overall well-being of humanity. It is underpinned by capacity-building and active participation in finding practical solutions based on innovation and state-of-the-art technology.

The University will work with leading local as well as global companies to secure internships, and will also assist students in finding employment opportunities. It is being touted as an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to world to unleash full potential of AI.

Admission: Graduate students can now apply to MBZUAI via University’s website with registration scheduled to open in August 2020. First bacth of graduate students will commence coursework at MBZUAI’s Masdar City campus in September 2020.

MBZUAI will provide all admitted students with a full scholarship, in addition to benefits like health insurance, monthly allowance and accommodation.

UAE’s Hazza Al Mansouri became first Arab Astronaut in space

The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Hazza Al Mansouri became the first Emirati and the first Arab astronaut to travel to International Space Station (ISS). However he is only the 3rd Arab in space after Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia (1985), and Mohammad Faris (1987) of Syria.

He blasted into space accompanied by Oleg Skripochka of Russia and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir onboard a Soyuz MS-15 rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

About Hazza Al Mansouri

The 35-year-old is a former pilot in the UAE armed forces. He will be the first Emirati astronaut and first Arab on orbiting laboratory of ISS, but not the first Muslim.

He will spend 8 days at International Space Station (ISS) doing scientific experiments with other international astronauts.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center provided Al Mansoori with a 10kg bag, which includes important elements of Emirati heritage, culture and history, which will be placed in museums upon his return.

UAE’s Space Plans

As part of UAE’s space plans, the Arab nation has announced its aim to also become the first Arab country to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021.  The country has named its Mars mission as “Hope”.

In the long-term, UAE also plans to build a “Science City” to replicate life on Mars. It also aims to create the first human settlement on red planet by 2117.