The government and the private sector must strengthen their working relationship if the UAE’s space programme is to be a success.
That was one of the factors that were outlined in the National Space Policy that was released earlier in the week.
Further details of the UAE Space Agency’s policy were released last night with the “aim of building a sustainable space sector in the UAE that supports and protects national interests and related vital industries”.
The policy, according to the news agency WAM, also calls for the establishment of mutually beneficial international partnerships that adhere to international laws and treaties.
Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said: “The global space sector is experiencing significant growth and change, along with an increase in space applications and technology development.
“There has also been an increase in the number of states seeking to capitalise on outer space opportunities.”
Dr Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, said: “The space agency will also contribute to enhancing the role of the sector in supporting initiatives and programmes related to security, politics, economics and social activities.”
The policy, according to the statement on WAM, will help to ensure the sector’s contribution to economic growth and diversification, as well as honing the skills of Emiratis to develop their scientific capabilities.
The policy was endorsed by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The project, according to the statement, will help cement the capacities “that have made the UAE occupy a leading regional position in the field of space activities, and also made it capable of contributing to space exploration”.
The statement also said that the policy “stems from the leadership’s vision to become a leading nation in space sciences and to reach Mars on the nation’s 50th anniversary”.