By Staff writer
'Arab Space Pioneers' programme will equip young Arab researchers, scientists, inventors and creative talents with skills and expertise required to lead a career in the growing space sector
The UAE has launched a new programme that aims to build Arab expertise in space science and technologies.
The ‘Arab Space Pioneers’ programme, overseen by the UAE Space Agency, will equip young Arab researchers, scientists, inventors and creative talents with skills and expertise required to lead a career in the growing space sector.
The training programme will incubate young Arab talent and expand their career prospects in the region’s emerging space technologies.
“In the coming days, the UAE will launch the Hope Probe to Mars, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. And today, we are launching a programme to invite Arab youth to gain expertise in space technologies in the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in announcing the programme.
“We strive to prepare the next generation of Arab astronomers and space scientists as part of our wider mission to revive the Arab civilisation’s status in the scientific sphere.”
The selection process for candidates, who must have a passion for space science and a scientific background, will be evaluated based on qualifications and achievements in research and science fields. Those interested can apply on the Arabs To Space website ArabsToSpace.com
Participants in the ‘Arab Space Pioneers’ programme will receive a fully-covered UAE three-year residency, specialised training in space science and technology, an opportunity to build advanced satellites in the UAE and access to scholarships and other financial incentives.
Joining the programme also increases job opportunities and provides an opportunity to join teams of Emirati researchers, engineers and experts in a number of space projects, organisers said.
The launch of the ‘Arab Space Pioneers’ programme comes in the run up to the UAE’s historic launch of the Hope Probe to Mars, scheduled on July 15, 2020 - the first ever Arab mission to the Red Planet.
The Emirates Mars Mission aims to spark an Arab exploration of outer space, build a space industry in the region and advance regional and national capabilities in this sector.