The UAE Space Agency, the first national space agency in the region, was established in 2014, and is responsible for organizing, regulating and supporting the national space sector under federal law. This includes the complete oversight and funding of space missions such as the Mars Hope Probe, the UAE’s unmanned mission to Mars.
The primary goals of the UAE Space Agency are to contribute significantly to diversification of the national economy, prepare the upcoming generation of Emiratis for leadership in the space sector through a range of capacity building programs, and raise awareness about space sciences and STEM fields among the general public. In addition, it is responsible for expanding and enhancing the UAE’s international standing in space-related fields, and for issuing policy and laws for the space sector.
The ongoing commercialization of space, progressive intensity of satellite deployment, heightened interest in Mars and the Moon, militarization discussions, and sustainability in space feature heavily on the global space agenda. The goal to explore space for the benefit of all countries requires now more than ever, increased discussion and cooperation.
Building on our heritage and legacy of science and astronomy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is taking up a regional leadership role in space addressing the discoveries and challenges of space exploration. In recent years we have focused much of our attention on actively investing in promising technologies, space related educational programs and research & development projects across the globe, with the ambition to continue our regional leadership in the space sector. Under the guidance of the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) and with the support of our visionary leadership, the UAE’s federal space sector has gone from strength to strength, positioning the UAE as a gateway to the Middle East and beyond.
As Host of the Global Space Congress, we welcome you to the 2019 edition!