The UAE cabinet has adopted the National Space Strategy 2030 in order to accomplish its vision in the field of space exploration, technologies and applications.

The strategy includes 36 objectives and 119 initiatives, which translate into focus areas and programmes that benefit more than 85 entities in the UAE.

Additionally, the National Space Strategy constitutes one of the pillars of the regulatory framework for the space sector in the country, comprising National Space Policy, Space Sector Law, Space Regulations, and National Space Strategy.

UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “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.

“This is an important milestone for our country and we are aiming to become a model for countries seeking to launch ambitious space programmes.”

“We are investing in the space industry, with ambitious projects and initiatives that will benefit our citizens and contribute to key sectors of the national economy.

“This is an important milestone for our country and we are aiming to become a model for countries seeking to launch ambitious space programmes.”

UAE seeks to invest in building capabilities and creating a scientific, legislative and financing environment for attractive space projects by establishing a major global hub for space science and technology.

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The National Space Strategy sets the general framework for the UAE’s space industry and activities. The country currently possesses four specialised centres in the research and development of space.

The implementation of the strategy will be followed up by the Emirates Space Agency in collaboration with strategic partners and more than 20 agencies and space centres abroad.