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Yahsat, Thuraya co-host reception in Washington

Event held at UAE Embassy to highlight UAE’s flourishing satellite, space industry

Yahsat and Thuraya co-hosted a reception at the UAE Embassy in Washington DC, which was attended by Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States, as well as more than 300 of the space industry’s top executives.

The annual reception was a celebration of the UAE’s burgeoning satellite and space industry, and brought together key industry decision makers on the outskirts of the annual Satellite 2014 Conference, which took place from March 10to 13.

Senior US Government and military officials, representatives from other nations, and senior executives from the satellite and aerospace industries, including Airbus, Astrium Satellite, Boeing, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Science and Space Systems/Loral, also attended the gala, including world-famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

“In a very short period of time, Yahsat was able to cement its position as one of the leading satellite operators in the world in addition to being the No 1 satellite broadband operator in Africa, all thanks to a strong network of partners, suppliers and customers,” says Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Yahsat.

“Our satellites, Y1A and Y1B, are on the cutting edge of technology. Yahsat is often considered to be the reference in the Middle East region when it comes to servicing government satellite communications. Similarly, we are able to service enterprise and end users through our satellites. It is this type of commitment to the global community, be it in the Middle East region or the United States, which drives Yahsat to lead in the future generations of satellite technology, says Mahmood.”

Commenting on the annual reception, Samer Halawi, CEO at Thuraya, added: “The UAE has quietly developed itself as a centre for space and satellite excellence with three home-grown satellite operators, EIAST, YahSat and Thuraya. We are grateful for the support and commitment of the UAE Government to the UAE satellite industry.”

Thuraya, as a mobile satellite services operator and a global telecommunication provider, enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its GSM roaming capabilities.

Yahsat’s government operations arm, YahService, fulfilled the operational requirements of several high-level agreements in the UAE, and extended the service’s reach regionally and internationally, most notably through capacity agreements via YahService.

“More importantly, our global reach helps drive the satellite industry in the UAE as a whole. In less than a decade, the UAE has become the region’s hub for satellite innovation,” adds Yahsat’s Mahmood.