Posted on 27 August 2013.
The 17-year-old was the overall winner of a competition organised by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) which is due to launch Dubai Sat 2 in the last three months of this year.
Aliaa said: “I am very proud and happy that my logo will be placed on the satellite and fly into space.”
The Al Khaleej National School pupil added: “I found out about the contest through an advertisement placed in our school. I told my mother I wanted to take part since I like drawing logos, and she encouraged me to do so. I wanted to design a logo that best reflects the spirit of the UAE. I have drawn a number of logos but only one of them has won.”
EIAST director general, HE Yousuf Al Shaibani, said: “The participation of students in such competitions promotes capacity building and develops the spirit of innovation. Contests also foster a spirit of competition that results in solutions and innovations that can be of great help to the community. They represent an opportunity to introduce students to technical and scientific achievements in their own country that can become a source of pride for them.”
Others, who had the highest scores in their age groups, were given certificates at a ceremony. They were Mohammed Iqbal Eshaq, Aisha Hamid Sultan, Huda Ahmed Darwish, Khalifa Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Ahmed Abdulla Al Habsi. Five-year-old Asma Ahmed Al Suwaidi received a special honor for being the youngest contestant.
Dubai Sat 2 is a joint project between EIAST and the Satrec Initiative of South Korea. The satellite will provide high-quality images for governmental departments working in the field of infrastructure, such as Dubai Municipality and RTA, as well as local, regional and international bodies.
It will also support the research projects of universities.
EIAST is mainly involved in outer space research and development; manufacture of satellites and development of systems; space imaging; and ground station services and support to other satellites.
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