On Monday, December 9, the Atlantic Council hosted H.E. Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and Omar Sharaf, Project Manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, for a discussion of the UAE Science and Technology Vision and the latest developments in the Emirates Mars Mission. Kirsten Fontenrose, director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, moderated the conversation.
Minister Al Amiri and Mr. Sharaf spoke about how the Science and Technology Vision aims to transform the UAE into a knowledge-based economy, through projects like the Emirates Mars Mission. The Emirates Mars Mission program has allowed the UAE to participate in knowledge transfer programs, strengthen international partnerships, and develop skills and higher education program that meet the needs of highly technical and advanced science.
The Emirates Mars Mission plans to launch the Hope Probe in 2020, with an anticipated arrival date to Mars in 2021. The mission will study the Martian climate and weather patterns, with a long-term view of applying lessons learned to Earth’s climate and to exploring the possibility of sustaining communities on Mars or other planets. The Mission plans to make all the data from the probe feely available and accessible to scientists around the world, without an embargo period, in the spirit of advancing science as a global community.
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
Read the Publication (PDF) The Global Innovation Sweepstakes: A Quest to Win the Future examines how emerging technologies will remake the global order and explores strategies for how the United States can retain its innovative edge. Tech-based innovation—in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, green energy, and biotechnology—will reshape the future of human civilization. Those […]
Thu, Dec 1, 2016
The United States must develop a two-pronged strategy for the Middle East that prioritizes ending the civil wars and unlocking untapped human potential, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force. This is a matter of urgency, not least of all because the West has borne some of the […]
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Thu, Aug 22, 2019
Efforts toward economic development among Arab Gulf states are turning digital. Artificial intelligence, financial technology, and technology-based businesses are increasingly considered the most auspicious approach in moving Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states away from oil and gas and toward diversified and sustainable economies.