Further to the announcements made by Bayanat AI PLC (“Bayanat”) and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company P.J.S.C. (“Yahsat”) on the recommendation to shareholders by their respective Board of Directors for a merger of the two Abu Dhabi-headquartered and ADX-listed entities, the enlarged entity will be named Space42 post-merger.

The proposed merger will create an AI-powered space technology comapny in the MENA region with potential for significant global growth and synergies. With a strengthened financial position, enhanced AI-powered technological capabilities and a diversified product portfolio, the combined entity will be vertically integrated and optimally positioned to capture regional and international opportunities in geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications and business intelligence. It is expected to benefit from considerable revenue synergies and economies of scale that will best position the organisation for innovation and profitable growth.

On completion of the merger, His Excellency Mansoor Al Mansoori will assume the role of Chairman, Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri as Vice Chairman and Karim Michel Sabbagh will join as Managing Director of Space42. Together, they will oversee the entity working closely with the existing management teams of Bayanat and Yahsat, as it seeks to capture regional and international opportunities in geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications and business intelligence. In addition, the proposed Board of Directors of Space42 will include His Excellency Tareq Al Hosani, Her Excellency Maryam Eid Al Mheiri, Ismail Abdulla and Kiril Evtimov.

His Excellency Mansoor Al Mansoori is a member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and the Chairman of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi. He brings a diverse range of experience across government and the private sector including telecommunications, energy and technology. He was previously Chairman of Bayanat, overseeing its highly successful IPO as well as being Group Chief Operating Officer of G42.

Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri is the Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala’s UAE Investments platform and is responsible for the development of multiple sectors, including aerospace, technology, infrastructure and more. Dr Al Katheeri serves on various industry boards and committees in the UAE and globally, including Cepsa, Oil Search, Mubadala Energy, Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), and National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Karim Michel Sabbagh has a track record of leadership in the global space industry. Until recently, he was the Managing Director and lead for Europe and the Middle East at E-Space with the mission to create a global space company focused on hyperscale IoT. He is also the former President and CEO of SES, Chairman of SES ASTRA and a member of the Board of Directors of O3b Networks, prior to its acquisition by SES. He joined SES from consulting firm Booz & Co., where he served as practice leader and advised global satcom and telecom operators.

His Excellency Mansoor Al Mansoori, Chairman of Space42 said: “As the proposed merger unites two leading home-grown companies to create the MENA region’s first AI-powered space technology company with global reach, I am excited by the opportunity that an enlarged group can bring to our existing and potential customers globally.  Furthermore, Karim’s experience and track record will be invaluable in capturing our global potential and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to deliver for all of our stakeholders.”

Karim Michel Sabbagh, Managing Director of Space42 said: "I look forward to joining the proposed merged entity and am thrilled by the opportunity to create the first AI-powered space technology champion with global potential. I have known both businesses over the years, as they developed excellent capabilities covering geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications and business intelligence. The proposed combination will yield an AI-powered platform for transformative technologies to enable space-based services with significant impact on societies and economies.”

The new board and management team will assume their new roles when the merger becomes effective in the second half of 2024. In the interim, Hasan Ahmed Alhosani and Ali Hashem Al Hashemi will continue to lead their companies independently as Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Bayanat and Yahsat, respectively.