Event Details

Space Means Business is a UAE government campaign to build private-sector involvement in the UAE's space sector. And this event will help business leaders to identify the commercial opportunities presented by the Emirates Mission to the Asteroid Belt and further space missions, which are backed by the AED3bn UAE Space Fund.

More than 50% of contracts tendered to support the EMA will be awarded to UAE-based private-sector companies. There is no part of this mission that is not open to participation from UAE-based businesses in a wide variety of fields, including mechanical and optical engineering, industrial design, material sciences, subsystem assembly, software development and systems integration and mission operations.

So please join us - from whatever sector you represent - to find out how the potential of Space Means Business could open up new opportunities for your enterprise!

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


  • Mohsen Al Awadhi (Director of UAE Space Center)

    Mohsen Al Awadhi

    Director of UAE Space Center

    Mohsen Al Awadhi is a leading figure in the field of aerospace engineering and mission system architecture, with a unique career that has spanned both aviation and space exploration.

    Al Awadhi began his career as an Aircraft Technician with Emirates Airlines, where he honed his skills in aviation mechanics, aero-engines and system maintenance, laying a solid foundation for his future endeavors. The practical insight and technical knowledge acquired during this phase of his career equipped him to transition into the realm of space technology.

    Shifting his career trajectory towards the cosmos, Al Awadhi played a pivotal role in the Emirates Mars Mission as the Lead Mission Systems Engineer. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of the mission, from intricate system design to the successful execution of the spacecraft's journey to Mars. His stewardship of the mission reflected a profound understanding of system engineering and astrodynamics, helping place the UAE at the forefront of global space exploration.

    Today, Al Awadhi serves as the Director of the Space Missions Department at the UAE Space Agency. His leadership and innovative thinking are instrumental in advancing the UAE's ambitions in space exploration and science. Currently, Al Awadhi is spearheading the Emirates Mission to the Asteroid Belt as the Mission Director, further demonstrating his commitment to expanding the frontiers of human knowledge about our solar system.

    Al Awadhi's work has not only transformed the UAE's presence in the realm of space exploration, but has also played a vital role in inspiring the next generation of Emirati scientists and engineers. His dedication, passion, and ingenuity in the field stand as a testament to the power of human ambition and the pursuit of knowledge.

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  • Robert Willock (Director MENA & Regional General Manager of EICN)

    Robert Willock

    Director MENA & Regional General Manager of EICN

    Robert is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network based in Dubai and covering the MENA region. Robert works closely with network members to help inform their business strategies through political, economic and operational insight and to connect them with their senior leadership peers.

    Robert is a business journalist, editor and publisher with 25 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors, including hospitality, retail, construction, energy and transport, and a particular interest in human capital management.

    He is an accomplished event chairman, moderator and speaker.

    Robert completed an MBA at the University of Leicester School of Business in 2012 and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nottingham.

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