UAE’s most recognized child inventor, Adeeb Al Balushi, brings a fresh dose of inspiration to Thuraya

DUBAI, UAE, March 8, 2014 – Young Emirati inventor, Adeeb Suleiman Al Balushi, visited Thuraya Telecommunications Company’s Primary Gateway office in Sharjah where he was introduced to the company’s pioneering mobile satellite products and solutions. He also met with the Dubai-based Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator’s staff and engineers responsible for flying and monitoring the company’s satellites that provide connectivity across two-thirds of the world. 

Al Balushi toured Thuraya’s technical operations center and learned about the functioning of the ground station which is responsible for monitoring and operating the Thuraya 2 and 3 satellites. He gained insight into Thuraya’s legacy in pioneering satellite products such as the SatSleeve adaptor which turns the iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone and the IP+ broadband terminal that provides data connectivity in remote locations. Al Balushi reaffirmed his commitment in his pursuit of gaining scientific knowledge and technical expertise to help drive progress in the UAE during his presentation at the event. He expressed his enthusiasm to Thuraya’s staff about the company’s purpose of saving and improving lives though satellite technology.

Ahmad Al Shareef, Vice President of Human Resources and Support Operations of Thuraya, said: “Thuraya is committed to elevating the UAE’s position as an international hub for excellence in the satellite industry. We are inspired by Adeeb’s commitment to innovation and have always recognized that Emirati youth have a significant role to play in the UAE’s progress. This is why we have strong recruitment and internship programs in place to encourage more Emirati talent to pursue a career in the satellite industry that will make the UAE a true global leader in innovation.” 

About Adeeb Al Balushi
Eleven-year-old Emirati inventor, Adeeb Al Balushi is on a mission to save and improve people’s lives through innovation. At nine, he invented a light-weight prosthetic for his father and also made a tiny cleaning robot to assist his mum in cleaning hard-to-reach places at home. He devised a heart-monitor, embedded in the seat belt system that can wirelessly beam health alerts to first responders, a fireproof helmet with a camera system to help see in emergencies and a smart wheel chair for the disabled. In November 2014, he addressed 3,000 delegates at an ITU conference in Busan, Korea. He is one of the youngest inventors in the world and was awarded the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit

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