Earlier this year, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of
Dubai, there was officially established a tradition for space collaboration in the Arab world through a memorandum for the joint development of
the ‘813’ Satellite bringing together 11 Arab states.
With the UAE space sector now maturing, following the successful launch into orbit of the first 100% Emirati satellite in 2018, the country is
determined to position itself as a regional knowledge hub and innovation leader. Simultaneously, nations with long-year tradition in space
exploration such as Algeria and Egypt are already in plan to further expand their satellite capability. Lastly, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the
Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the insightful leadership of its Chairman the HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al-Saud only to compliment the successes of King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) in the fields of satellite manufacturing and
All active regional programmes have so far one scope, to expand communication and sensing capacity of space assets. A common theme emerges
looking at the object of already launched or currently in-development satellites, the generation or processing of data. With increased priority given
to remote sensing, the utilisation of surveillance or multi-spatial imagery is expanding its application range based on the progressive use of GIS
across sectors. Municipalities, ministries of environment, energy, infrastructure and defence and corresponding agencies, the oil and gas sector,
public goods administrators, transport authorities and many other are based now more than ever on space technologies for GIS to provide them
with insights and assist in decision making processes on the field of operations.