National Space Policy adopted by UAE Cabinet

ABU DHABI // A national strategy to develop UAE’s space sector has been adopted by the UAE Cabinet.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said the National Space Policy would advance the country’s involvement in space exploration and establish it as a major player in the field before the country’s 50th anniversary in 2021.

“We have a strong economy, solid infrastructure, national competencies, and other accomplishments enabling us to enter the space race in time for our Golden Jubilee,” he said.

With the UAE now operating more than six satellites and investing over Dh20 billion in space technology Sheikh Mohammed said the country’s goal was to build a strong and sustainable Emirati space sector that support numerous other areas.

“We have the largest regional space transportation operator, the largest international companies providing satellite insurance services, an adequate legislative and regulatory environment, and a variety of research centres, all of which aim to ensure the well-being of our people and the world.”

Benefits of the space policy include furthering international cooperation through partnerships in space field, diversifying the economy by creating high-skilled technical jobs and boosting research and development centres, and improving the environment through the advancement of climate monitoring.

Khalifa Al Romaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said the policy was key in realising the UAE’s goal in becoming a pioneer in the sector.

“The leadership’s vision is to become a leading nation in space sciences and to reach Mars on the state’s fiftieth anniversary,” Mr Al Romaithi said.

“This policy represents an important step towards realising this vision.”

from Department of Space Colonization