The Emirates is setting course for the stars after recently agreeing the National Space Strategy 2030.
The first-of-its-kind national framework outlines the country’s vision for space exploration, technologies and applications in a bid to establish the UAE as a leader in the space science and technology sectors.
Setting the general framework for the UAE’s space industry, the newly launched National Space Strategy outlines the government’s activities related to space, commercial activities and scientific activities carried out by public and private sector operators and academic institutions.
The National Space Strategy is one of four pillars that contribute to the UAE’s regulatory framework for the space sector that also includes National Space Policy, Space Sector Law and Space Regulations.
Aiming to inspire Emirati youth to take an interest in the industry, the UAE Cabinet stressed the importance of enhancing the four specialised research and development centres located across the country.
“Last year we celebrated the launch of the first satellite fully built by young Emirati engineers, and in the very near future we will see them operating international space technology centres, based in the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE.
“We will see Emirati cadres, highly skilled and specialised in space science, achieving scientific breakthroughs that serve the entire humanity.
“This is an important milestone for our country, and we are aiming to become a model for countries seeking to launch ambitious space programmes.”