HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday received the team from Marshal Intech, a subsidiary of the UAE Bin Ghalib Group working to develop a group of satellites that will be launched in December.
The team included young national cadres specialised in advanced technologies, such as electrical and mechanical engineering, software, communication and electronic design.
Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed about the preparations of the Marshal Intech team to launch the first satellite, Ghalib, whose development began three years ago.
Sheikh Mohammed heard from the team members, which was led by Omar bin Ghalib, Director of Marshal Intech, as they offered a detailed explanation about the stages and mechanisms of developing satellites, tracking devices, ground station readiness, models of electronic boards, transmitters and broadcasters, and the satellite equipment that the team is developing, with the aim of using them to track wildlife in the UAE to assist in monitoring animals and conservation.
Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that “private companies operating in the UAE in space industries have qualitative contributions and achievements that contribute to enhancing the country’s position as the leading and most advanced centre in the space sector in the region”.
Sheikh Mohammed stated that the private sector in the UAE has become a key partner in supporting the national space strategy.
Regarding the space programme, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Providing support to Emirati entrepreneurs and encouraging young people to enter new economic fields represents a fundamental approach in the framework of establishing our position in the future industries sector.”
“Achievements made by the UAE in recent years in the space sector have contributed to directing young Emirati thinking towards the future science, so as they can effectively contribute to building the economy of the Emirates of Tomorrow,” Sheikh Mohammed added, noting: “Space industries have become a major nerve in the UAE’s economic system, in sync with the goals of the National Space Strategy, launched by the government in 2019. ”