United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a declaration of strategic intent and cooperation to support the creation of a dynamic, sustainable, competitive and innovative space sector in the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE Space Agency is responsible for developing policies, strategies and venues related to the space sector. The Space Agency works closely with research institutes, industry and other government agencies to build relevant space capabilities and support the long-term growth of the space ecosystem in the country.
Through this cooperation, AWS will collaborate with the UAE Space Agency and UAE government space organizations and institutions on three specific initiatives, the Space Industry Development Program; Talent for Space program; and Open Data Sponsorship Program.
The Space Industry Development program focuses on both growing existing commercial space organizations and fostering an enabling environment for new entrants like space startups. This initiative aims to give them access to AWS Activate and the AWS Founders Program, both designed to provide startups with AWS Credits, technical training, and business support. In addition, this initiative will allow commercial enterprises, startups, universities, and civil and government entities in the UAE to access AWS experts.
As for the second initiative, The Talent for Space Program, it includes outreach and training activities designed to support the development of talent for the space industry in the United Arab Emirates, particularly with regard to cloud computing and big data. . Specifically, AWS will offer relevant research institutes the Cloud Career Pathways program out-of-the-box.
The Open Data Sponsorship Program initiative will encourage collaboration within the UAE space and research community through the sharing of datasets on AWS related to space data-driven initiatives such as surveillance space and space situational awareness programs.
HE Ibrahim Al Qasim, Deputy Director General of the UAE Space Agency, underlined the importance that the UAE Space Agency attaches to international cooperation between the public and private sectors in the field of space. . Space is the next frontier of business growth that will propel the national economy over the next 50 years. The agreement of strategic intent will support the creation of a competitive private sector, the strengthening of national capacities, the promotion of public-private partnerships, the boosting of R&D and the encouragement of entrepreneurship.
Al Qasim said, “We have talented national executives who are capable of innovation and creativity to achieve the best results and continue the country’s march towards achievements in the space sector. This agreement with Amazon Web Services is part of our objectives and goals in providing our national talents, startups and SMEs with the best skills and learning programs, in addition to allowing companies working in this sector the best applications and facilities.”
“This agreement aims to provide commercial and public space companies, as well as young professionals, with the technical tools and resources they need to succeed in the long term,” said Wojciech Bajda, Director, Public Sector Middle East and Africa, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We look forward to working together on these initiatives as the UAE Space Agency continues to make important contributions to science and the global space industry and to support the growth of the space sector.”
Bajda noted, “This year, we announced that the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region is now open. We have a long history of working with customers in the United Arab Emirates, many of whom have used our services since the early days of AWS, including some of the region’s most innovative and innovative companies and startups.
The new UAE region offers UAE customers more choice and flexibility through local access to the most advanced cloud technologies, allowing them to store and process their data locally with the assurance that they keep complete ownership of their data and control over where their data resides. The data.
AWS also released data highlighting the economic impact of the new region. AWS estimates that the new AWS Middle East (UAE) Region will support nearly 6,000 full-time jobs per year with external vendors through an investment of AED20.1 billion (US$5.47 billion) with an estimated economic impact on the UAE’s GDP of AED 41 billion (USD). $11.16 billion) over the next 15 years.