UAE, Bahrain discussed bilateral cooperation in space sector

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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Ms. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Chair of the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) explored ways to strengthen bilateral space cooperation between the UAE and Bahrain with Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications of Bahrain and Chairman of the National Space Science Agency (NSSA).

Ms. Al Amiri and Mr. Mohammed assessed the progress of joint space projects during the meeting, which was held remotely through video conferencing with the participation of several officials from both sides.

On the related directives of its leadership, Ms. Al Amiri said that the UAESA is prioritizing the empowerment and training of young cadres to lead the industry, to achieve further growth and prosperity while exchanging expertise with friendly countries.

The UAESA works closely with the NSSA in Bahrain, by signed mutual agreements aimed at promoting the development of the space sector in both countries.

Mr. Mohammed praised the two countries’ deep bilateral relations and growing cooperation in space sciences, lauding the UAE’s experience and consistent overall achievements, especially in the space sector.

The two sides then discussed their cooperation based on previously signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), praising the Khalifa University of Science and Technology for its outstanding role in training and involving the NSSA’s space technology recruits in several projects.

Both ministers also exchanged views on potential projects, including the construction of a joint satellite and the specifics of its launch, as well as training opportunities in many different areas of space sciences and technologies.

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