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UAE, Israel ink historic deal to boost space cooperation

DUBAI / WAM

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the Israel Space Agency to enhance cooperation in
scientific research, space
exploration and knowledge transfer to accelerate economic growth and human progress.
Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, said, “Sharing knowledge and expertise is a key part of the UAE’s vision to create an attractive and competitive national space industry. If you look at the most successful global
space programmes in history, the common denominator is collaboration.”
Israel has a globally recognised space industry and
developing bilateral and multilateral partnerships has never been so important as we embrace a new era of space exploration.”
She signed the agreement with Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology of Israel, during Expo 2020 Dubai’s Space Week, held in association with the UAE Space Agency.

Salem Butti Al Qubaisi, Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, Ibrahim Al Qasim, Executive Director, Space Sector, UAE Space Agency, and Brigadier General Uri Oron, Director-General of the Israel Space Agency, attended the event alongside senior officials from both countries.
Farkash-Hacohen said, “Governments sign agreements but people and collaborations are the ones that truly make peace. Israel is an international leader in the worlds of research, space, science and hi-tech. Today on behalf of the Government of Israel, I am pleased to sign a series of agreements for cooperation with the UAE Space Agency in important and groundbreaking fields. I thank the Minister of Advanced Technology Sarah Al Amiri for the significant, collaborative work done in the last year between the two agencies. Thanks to this work, we are already launching advanced initiatives for the benefit of our children’s education and joint research. I share Minister Al Amiri’s vision of harnessing science and space not only as an economic stimulus but also for bringing hearts together and educating our next generation.”
The agreement lays the framework for a mutually beneficial strategic partnership that will strengthen efforts to gather and analyse scientific space data. Both parties will enhance collaboration and cooperation in a wide range of strategic fields, including exploration, research, data analysis, education and more.

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