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UAE seeks more cooperation in peaceful use of space exploration

UAE Space Agency takes part in crucial meetings with Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 14 Jun 2015, 9:30 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

United Nations: The UAE Space Agency is participating in the United Nations Meetings with the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) in Vienna.  The UAE seeks to merge the bonds of cooperation in applications for peaceful purposes during the meeting being held until June 19.

Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, as well as a number of prominent senior officials lead the UAE delegation.

Al Ahbabi said that the UAE seeks to develop capabilities in the space sector through this key participation, adding that the nation will enhance the global space sector with knowledge and proficiency.

According to him, participation in global representation is a key step as the UAE has been making these efforts for the last three decades, which have not only been led by the leadership’s commitment, but have also been expressed through various global projects.

He said the UAE Space Agency is working towards representing the future role of the nation in the sector. Thus, there has been a great deal of investment done through a series of national companies which represent the nation globally. 

The Hope Probe mission to Mars, led by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, will be the first of the nation’s projects in terms of funding and oversight and it will allow the UAE to be one of the most innovative countries in the world, as it will play a vital role in discovering hidden secrets on the mysterious Red Planet.

The UAE has become a focal centre for various summits, activities and conferences across a wide range of levels in the growing space industry. The nation has already signed seven MoUs which focus on peaceful use of space exploration.

Al Ahbabi pointed out that the nation has a strategic priority in this case, as it seeks to build international relations within the sector, thus such participation and cooperation from the UAE is only crucial.

The recent participation goes hand-in-hand as it benefits both the international space industry, as well as the UAE, due to the transfer of awareness, knowledge and the basic principles of international cooperation and communication. Not only that, but the UAE’s participation will serve the nation and its communities. –news@khaleejtimes.com

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