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UAE to become a top destination for scientists and innovators, says Prime Minister

The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Sunday unveiled the UAE National Advanced Science Agenda 2031.

According to the Dubai Ruler, enhancing advanced sciences environment in the UAE is the best investment in building the future, and key tool to implement creative ideas.

The Agenda serves to utilise advanced sciences in the development and creation of solutions to future challenges and support the government’s efforts to achieve the objectives of the UAE National Agenda 2021 and the UAE Centennial Plan 2071.

Sheikh Mohammed launched the National Agenda along with the 2021 Advanced Science Strategy, which falls under the Agenda 2031.

“Promoting the advanced sciences environment in the UAE is the best investment in making the future and a key tool to turn the creativity of human mind into reality,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The empowerment of Emirati scientists and creative minds entails providing appropriate tools and resources to attract and help them transform their scientific knowledge into a practical reality that strengthens the UAE’s march to the future through adopting modern technologies and advanced sciences. These sciences provide and develop solutions and deliver answers to many questions but will not make a difference without practical frameworks that transform them into the implementation phase,” he added.

The National Advanced Science Agenda 2031 aims to create a homogenous scientific environment that supports realising the objectives of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 by backing science and sectors related to science and technology outputs.

The agenda outlines the UAE’s scientific approaches towards 2031 by working to bring about the objectives of UAE Centennial Plan 2071 through three consecutive strategies starting with 2018-2021.

“We want to make the UAE a hub for advanced science and a top destination for scientists and innovators, who we do welcome their contributions and partnership with us in creating a better future for the people.”

“We all have the potential to transform the UAE into a source of scientific knowledge and innovation. We are waiting for our scientists, who we place high confidence in their minds and potentials, to make the biggest contribution in this field,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

The 2031 agenda focuses on using sciences to devise solutions to challenges and exploring economically viable opportunities by working on eight scientific priorities, which aim to make the most of all strategic natural resources in the country through national capacity-building, promotion of the sustainable energy sector, enhancement of water security using advanced and clean technology, and development of an advanced scientific food security system.

The priorities also aim to address health challenges in the UAE through a national scientific system and developing advanced industries sector, in addition to building a system of logistical support based on scientific studies and data and creating strategic industries complex.

The agenda also aims to develop four enablers including economic information services, establishing a coherent scientific community, developing supportive technology and promoting entrepreneurship in science and technology.

Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State, will be in charge of overseeing the implementation of the Advanced Science Agenda, which is the result of painstaking efforts of more than 100 experts from 50 leading private and public entities and in cooperation with 55 supportive bodies.

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