HE Dr. Mohamed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the Emirates Space Agency, on the sidelines of the final day of the World Education Forum, has presented a working paper entitled "March 2117 Project and the development of higher education systems", during which he discussed a range of issues related to the State's directions towards investment in space, indicating the most important projects that the Agency is implementing over the coming years and its objectives therein.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Ahbabi stressed the wise leadership's attitudes toward investing in space as its importance stems from being a source of inspiration for peoples and one of the means of maintaining national security, as well as an important indicator of the development and modernity reached by the State, not to mention being an appropriate model for international cooperation, pointing to its contribution to the of diversification economic resources.
Al-Ahbabi pointed out that the sector was able to pace huge phases in a short period, where the Emirates Space Agency became to own and operate 16 satellites, in addition to being one of the largest investors in the field regionally, which enabled the State to become a regional center for technology and space services, noting that space industry in UAE 500 persons, where more than 50% of them are UAE nationals.
Al-Ahbabi stated that the "Hope Probe" project, through which UAE will build the first Arab probe to reach Mars, aims at building highly efficient human resources in space technology, developing knowledge, scientific research and applications that benefit mankind, in addition to building a knowledge-based economy, promoting diversification and encouraging innovation, as well as creating international partnerships in space sector to enhance UAE's competitive position.
Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi mentioned a number of initiatives supported by the Emirates Space Agency, which included the issuance of a national space policy and the support and sponsorship of the Mars probe project, further to the preparation of the plans necessary for the advancement of the sector and the execution of 13 international conventions to support the field.
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