The Emirates Space Agency launches the second phase of the “SAS” program

The Emirates Space Agency launches the second phase of the “SAS” program
The Emirates Space Agency launches the second phase of the “SAS” program

The Emirates Space Agency participated in the “Emirates Climate Technology Forum”; The first of its kind, on the 10th and 11th of May, at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre.

Where it reviewed its most prominent projects and contributions in developing software and finding solutions to meet the challenges of national and global sustainability, in addition to exchanging experiences, discussing strategic partnerships with international and industrial companies and world-leading technology, while the participation comes from its vision, to promote activities in the year of sustainability.

second stage

On the sidelines of participation in the forum, the agency announced the launch of the second phase of the “SAS” program for space applications, to confront climate change, which includes 3 challenges, including:

The “Air Quality” challenge to monitor and control air, achieving the required quality, the “Infrastructure” challenge, to enhance infrastructure monitoring, operation and maintenance solutions, and the “Loss and Damage” challenge, to rely on the use of satellite data to study the losses and damages caused by climate change.

Through it, entrepreneurs and researchers will receive advisory and financial support to develop space applications to meet the challenges of climate change. The agency signed a memorandum of understanding with ADNOC, to enhance cooperation in research and scientific studies related to satellite technology to serve the energy fields, and to launch joint projects aimed at promoting the use of space applications, to raise work efficiency between the government and private sectors.

international cooperation

Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Space Agency, said:

“In the UAE, we believe in the importance of innovation, technology and space applications in mitigating the impact of climate, and we need to expand our horizons, share our ideas and give priority to encouraging international cooperation and partnerships between the public and private sectors, to benefit from our resource, to promote the move towards a sustainable future for all.”

She affirmed the commitment of the Emirates Space Agency to lead qualitative and unique initiatives and projects, in cooperation with our local and international partners and the private sector, to enhance national capabilities in the fields of environmental technology and renewable energy, in a way that supports the comprehensive development renaissance and the vision of We the Emirates 2031.

Salem Butti Al Qubaisi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, explained: “The space sector, with its satellites and other advanced technologies, plays a crucial role in enabling strategic decision-making in the areas of sustainability, food security, urban planning, and sustainable agricultural and water resource management. By harnessing the power of space technology, governments can And international organizations make informed decisions for the advancement of vital areas.” He added:

«We are keen in the Emirates Space Agency to support environmental projects and invest in research and development, and encourage small and medium-sized companies to work in the UAE space sector, in addition to launching joint projects, to enhance the use of space applications to raise work efficiency between the government and private sectors, in a way that supports the vision of the Emirates, to be a focus innovation and advancement in climate technology.


sustainability initiatives


During its participation, and through a set of smart screens and mini-models, the Emirates Space Agency reviewed the most prominent achievements and many projects and initiatives in support of sustainability and combating climate change, including the “Space Data Complex”, one of the transformative projects, which is characterized by achieving a significant impact in all sectors, within periods short time.

In order to ensure the implementation of the new government work methodology of the UAE government, in addition to its contributions to moving the country towards the future and enhancing its competitiveness, while the satellite data complex supports the UAE government’s endeavor to accelerate the achievement of the goals of an advanced innovative environment that creates the future, within the vision of “We Are the Emirates 2031”.

Which requires qualitative and multiplied efforts to achieve government aspirations, which will reflect positively on the society and the various sectors of the state, and constitute a major support for contributing to the system supporting the country being the most pioneering and superior, during the next ten years.

analysis platform

The agency highlighted the “space data analysis platform”, which is specialized in Earth observation and remote sensing; Which aims to facilitate access to satellite data for scientists, researchers, government and private institutions, startups and community members, to develop solutions that support national and global challenges in the form of space data applications and value-added services.

In addition to its partnership with Bayanat, to develop and operate the space data analysis platform for the space data aggregator, as part of its vision to build an innovative system of space data and technologies, to meet global sustainability challenges, stimulate innovation and partnership between the public and private sectors, and expand local and international partnerships.

Notable projects

It presented a detailed explanation to its visitors at the “Emirates Climate Technology Forum” about the “SAS” program for space applications and its most prominent projects.

Which includes many initiatives and challenges, including the food security initiative, greenhouse gas monitoring, environmental monitoring, and infrastructure, in addition to defining the challenge and its next stages to benefit from satellite data in Earth observation.


The results of the challenges of the SAS program for space applications are shared at the COP28 Conference of the Parties, which will be hosted by the country in November 2023, in addition to providing all space applications developed in the space data analysis platform market of the space data aggregator.