ABU DHABI // The UAE and China have agreed to collaborate in space exploration and the study and development of space science.
An agreement was signed during a visit by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to China last month.
The agreement includes cooperation in the research and development of satellites, satellite control systems and space launching services.
It also approved a joint committee that will meet once every two years to oversee combined space projects.
Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency, said it was looking forward to building on the success of other space programmes.
“China’s space programme is considered one of the most prominent worldwide, with a rich record of achievements since it was established,” Dr Al Ahbabi said.
“The new agreement will play an important role in developing capacities in both countries in the space sector, and space exploration in particular.”
Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi, chairman of the agency, said it was important to enhance their cooperation in space given their strong relations in other fields.
“The UAE Space Agency recognises the importance of international collaboration in the field of peaceful exploitation of outer space, as this field is considered a common heritage for the humankind,” Dr Al Rumaithi said.
“It is extremely important in our view for all competent entities in this field to work together for a common goal of enhancing welfare of humanity.”