Science and technology
The UAE is taking keen interest in advancing her achievements in the field of science and technology.
The UAE Vision 2021 under its theme ‘United in Knowledge' states: Innovation, research, science and technology will form the pillars of a knowledge-based, highly productive and competitive economy, driven by entrepreneurs in a business-friendly environment where public and private sectors form effective partnerships. We want the UAE to transform its economy into a model where growth is driven by knowledge and innovation. Productivity and competitiveness will come to rival the best in the world, as a result of investment in science, technology, research and development throughout the fabric of the UAE economy.
Read about the UAE's contributions and efforts in the field of:
- Life science and technology
- Space science and technology
- Information technology
Life science and technology
Dubai Science Park in Dubai facilitates research and development for life sciences companies by providing excellent laboratories and other ancillary services.
Space science and technology
UAE's investments in space technologies have already exceeded Dh20billion, including satellite data and TV broadcast company Al Yah Satellite Communications, mobile satellite communication company, Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications and Earth mapping and observation system, Dubai Sat.
The UAE Space Agency is responsible for organising, supervising and managing the nation's space sector as well as supporting its contribution to the national economy. The agency works to raise awareness about the importance of space technologies, enhance national capabilities and encourage peaceful application of space research.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) (previously known as Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology) provides satellite imagery, satellite image analysis, ground station leasing and antenna hosting service amongst others.
MBRSC's efforts are highlighted by milestones such as the launch and placing into orbit of satellites: DubaiSat-1 in 2009 and DubaiSat-2 in 2013. MBRSC is currently developing the third satellite, KhalifaSat, – which is expected to be launched into outer space by 2017. KhalifaSat will provide satellite-imaging capabilities.
Mission to Mars
The UAE Space Agency and MBRSC have signed an agreement to build an unmanned probe to Mars. The UAE would be the first Arab and Islamic country to be sending an unmanned spacecraft to Mars. The UAE would send the spacecraft by 2021, coinciding with the country's 50th anniversary. The UAE Space Agency would execute the mission with support from international partners.
ICT Fund, which works under the realm of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, has invested more than Dh1.6 billion from 2008 to 2014 in various projects in information and communications technology sector including in education and space technology.
Dubai set up free zone such as Dubai Internet City to support technology companies in the UAE and boosts technological advancements and economic growth in the UAE and the Middle East.
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