UAE Space Agency participates in Innovation Month

03 February 2018

The UAE Space Agency has announced its participation in the UAE Innovation Month, launched under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The participation will materialize through a series of events and activities in cooperation with a number of entities within the national space sector and with the support of international partners.

The Agency is organizing a series of lectures and workshops on innovation in various domains, including manned space missions and state projects to explore Mars. The events will be hosted by a number of government institutions, as well as schools, universities and other academic institutions across the UAE.

The Agency is also set to take part in the rocky meteors scavenger hunt organized in collaboration with the Chiba Institute of Technology, the University of Sharjah (AUS) and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences. It will also be present in a number of innovation exhibitions and festivals in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates University and other parties in the country.

The UAE Space Agency is anticipated to sign several memoranda of understanding (MoU) for cooperation and coordination. This comes in line with its efforts to strengthen its relationships with the most prominent local and international space entities. These agreements aim to support the agency’s strategic plans in engaging human capital in the national space sector to achieve its objectives. Further, the agreements aim to provide the UAE space sector with state-of-the-art technology to support research and education efforts, as well as various ambitious projects to explore Mars. 

HE Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, confirmed that this participation aims to underline the innovations that the sector has provided in various fields, as well as the nation’s innovative projects in astronomy and space science and outer space exploration projects.

Dr. Al Ahbabi then highlighted that the national space sector is focused on enhancing innovation, especially among youth groups, as a key element in the sector’s growth and drive over the upcoming years and decades. Dr. Al Ahbabi also noted that the events and activities organized by the Agency in cooperation with its international partners mainly target universities, schools, and astronomical research centers to enhance their scientific capabilities, especially those associated with space science.