‘Work to­gether to achieve space dream’

Calls for gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor to co-op­er­ate

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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”.

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