What is the SCIENCE AGENDA 2031?

21 May 2018

Lab Chat

Science is at the forefront of future plans for the United Arab Emirates. From attracting new scientists to innovating aspects of everyday life, the UAE is certainly looking to become something of a science hub. And that’s something that’s underlined by the Science Agenda 2031. Read on as we look at what the agenda entails.

Announcing Science Agenda 2031

The National Advanced Science Agenda 2031 was announced at the beginning of April, with some key figures in attendance:

• Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council
• Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
• Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future

It marks a major step forward in the way the UAE approaches challenges of the future, and is made up of eight scientific priorities:

• Optimising the use of natural resources
• Fostering sustainable energy solutions
• Developing urban food science and systems
• Pursuing cleaner water solutions
• Treating the health challenges
• Evolving to adapting manufacturing
• Designing logistics analytics
• Developing integrated industrial complex

By focusing on these eight areas, the UAE wants to eventually be able to create their own economically viable solutions for the future. This could be anything from renewable energy to new developments in medical treatments, using wearable tech for instance.

More broadly, however, they want to create a strong culture for science across the nation that backs science and the related sectors while developing and attracts the top scientific talent.

Who will implement the Science Agenda?

Overseeing the implementation of the initiative will be Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri. But there are actually ten entities involved in implementing the strategy. Prior to its launch, the agenda has benefitted from the input of over 100 experts on behalf of 50 leading private and public entities with 55 the help supportive bodies.

Commenting on the launch His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained how science is a key investment for the future. "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," he said. "We want to make the UAE a hub for advanced science and a top destination for scientists and innovators. We do welcome their contributions and partnership with us in creating a better future for the people.”

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