UAE unveils National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031
On April 1, the UAE launched its National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 and the 2021 Advanced Science Strategy under the Agenda 2031. Together, they aim to strengthen the UAE’s march to the future through adopting modern technologies and advanced sciences.
The UAE National Advances Science Agenda 2031 is a collective effort of more than 100 experts from 50 leading private and public entities and in cooperation with 55 supportive bodies.
Launching the two national agenda and strategy was the Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The launch ceremony was attended by Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi.
The Agenda aims to create a homogenous scientific environment that supports realizing the objectives of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 by backing science and sectors related to science and technology outputs.
The Agenda focuses on using sciences to devise solutions to challenges and exploring economically viable opportunities by working on 8 scientific priorities up to 2031 and 30 scientific targets up to 2021.
“Promoting the advanced science 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,” said Sheikh Mohammad.
Such investment entails providing appropriate tools and resources to attract and help scientists and innovators transform their scientific knowledge into a practical reality.
The 2031 Agenda outlines the UAE's scientific approaches towards 2031 by working to bring about the objectives of UAE Centennial Plan 2071 through 3 consecutive strategies starting with 2018-2021. The strategy will be implemented with the participation of 10 entities and through setting up councils on the priority sector level.
The 8 scientific priorities 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 4 enablers including economic information services, establishing a coherent scientific community, developing supportive technology and promoting entrepreneurship in science and technology.
Minister of State Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri will be in charge of overseeing the implementation of the Advanced Science Agenda.
According to Sheikh Mohammad, the National Advanced Science Agenda reflects the UAE Government’s future planning and proactive thinking approach.
“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,” he said.