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Ahbabi: The new "space law" of the UAE is in the final phase

HE inż. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, director general of the Emirates Space Agency, confirmed that the new space law of the UAE is in the final stages of issuing, adopted by the Council of Ministers, the Federal National Council and the competent authorities in the state.

He said at a press conference marking the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Emirates Space Agency that the new UAE space law is one of the best and latest legislation because it provides an attractive legislative environment by organizing future space activities in licensing and attracting investment and other regulations. The practice of space activity in the United Arab Emirates is a smooth and simplified process.

The new space law of the UAE has contributed to the promotion of space investments, such as the organization of manned space missions, including space tourism, supporting the principles of regulating space traffic, as well as activities related to the exploration and use of space, and the granting of investment licenses. And a space facility inside the country, some of which have industrial satellites, some of which provide services, advice and financing.

The agency has developed a 10-year national strategy for the space sector, which has been approved by the Council of Ministers and is consistent with measurable programs, initiatives and objectives, indicating that the National Space Strategy defines initiatives A space projects that implement the vision of the UAE and consist of 6 objectives and 20 programs and 80 initiatives that contribute to the ambition of the cosmic state over the next ten years.

Al-Ahbabi said United Arab Emirates have 10 satellites in orbit and 8 satellites in the industrialization and start-up phase. He pointed out that the state is planned with the launch of a "probe of hope" next year, in addition to the two satellites "Sat Sat" and "Observation of the scientific space, explaining that the rate of UA satellites running varies from two to three satellites per year during the next five years.

Al-Ahbabi said the UAE space program is dynamic in terms of projects, ambitions, innovations, diversity and universality of space hubs, for example, we have an astronaut program, a space education program and space exploration, such as a "probe of hope". We have a new concept of exploring the possibilities of life on other planets, and the United Arab Emirates have become part of this global movement.

On the achievements of the Emirates Space Agency over the past five years, Al Ahbabi said the Agency managed to build a qualified Emirates team called "Dreams of Space" and attracted qualified and ambitious personnel in the country to work in this important sector. Today, it is a coherent team entrusted with the programs and aspirations of the state in the field of space due to its knowledge and ambitions in this field.

He stressed that one of the most important achievements is the construction of national cadres in this important sector, stressing that working at the Agency is institutional work that implements modern strategies and systems, and its strategies include the management of space projects or representing the Agency in international fora. Therefore.

Al-Ahbabi explained that UAE is a member of an international scientific organization that explores the future of mankind and 14 other countries, becoming an active participant in global space exploration trends, adding that the Emirates Space Agency has become a catalyst for achievements in the space sector.

He pointed out that the satellite industry is witnessing great development, especially those aimed at monitoring the Earth, the satellite Khalifa Sat was produced in the United Arab Emirates with 100% Emirates hands, which is a quantum leap in science and space engineering.

Al Ahbabi added that UAE have been working on this initiative since 2017. And they managed to bring 11 Arab countries to the initiative, and now work is underway to build the institutional group, in addition to launching equipment for the construction of the Arab satellite 813, which UAE finance and develop, in their design and creation of the constellation of Arab engineers and scientists.

He pointed out that they are currently talking to four other Arab countries to join the group, and expressed their readiness to join this Arab space consortium that would implement space programs that promote the future of the Arab nation.

Al-Ahbabi confirmed the role of the UAE in achieving the goals of the United Nations' sustainable development and promoting the development of the domestic space sector, developing all forms of cooperation with the international community and stakeholders in the sector to discuss the integration of the various capabilities of countries, humanity and its good.

"The number of employees in the space sector in the UAE reaches nearly 1,500 people, including more than 50% of UAE citizens," said Al Ahbabi. "Space exploration and technology are very popular among UAE students, especially technical disciplines such as aeronautics," We work with the Ministry of Education and many universities in the country to include topics for learning about space, "he said.

Al-Ahbabi added that the Emirates Space Agency has an educational program to encourage UAE students to join universities outside the UAE to study the required scientific disciplines in the space sector in the UAE, as well as a program to sponsor students in the country by attracting the best graduates and to encourage them to study space science and provide training at the Agency and institutions operating in the sector.

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When it comes to preparing the scientific team of the Mars exploration project, Al-Ahbabi said the preparations follow the schedule set out in two axes: the first is the "technical axis" of the spacecraft and launch, control and control. That works in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center and the UAE and Khalifa universities to create a "Prospect of Hope" data processing platform that needs to analyze and then share and benefit from the world through collaboration with over 200 universities and universities from around the world.

Al-Ahbabi explained that the Emirates Space Agency is financing innovative creative ideas, research and research in the field of space, to support scientific institutions in which the Agency receives a large number of applications and surveys per year and is tested in accordance with the procedures used by the Agency, indicating for the existence of research centers at national universities operating in the field of the National Center for Space and Science Research at UAE University, Yahasat Center and Laboratory at Khalifa University, Space Science Center and Astronomy in Sharjah, Space Center Mohammed Bin Rashid and University of New York in Abu Dhabi Cosmic physics, as well as the American University of Sharjah, which emphasizes the concentration of academic institutions on research and development in space.

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