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UAE to Introduce New Space Law by First Quarter of 2024

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on November 18, 2023, 09:29:47

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UAEs Space Agencys Director General nbspHis Excellency Salem Butti

The UAE's Space Agency's Director General  His Excellency Salem Butti Salem Al Qubaisi, announced plans for an new version of the country's space law to be expected in the  first quarter of the upcoming year. H.E Al Qubaisi disclosed this information during a panel discussion at the 18th Dubai Airshow, emphasizing the necessity of a strong legal framework for the space sector.

Addressing the importance  of a comprehensive legal structure, H.E Al Qubaisi acknowledged the hurdles it presents but also highlighted the potential opportunities it brings. He shared these insights during a session titled "Fostering Innovation in Space" at the Aerospace 2050 conference.

The existing Space law includes, nine chapters and fifty-four articles, which went into force in early 2020H.E Al Qubaisi stated that the primary distinction made this time was the division of articles concerning the sector's regulation from those concerning the space agency's creation. According to him, the division of these pieces led to a more adaptable strategy.

With the purpose of regulating space activities in the UAE and specifying the Agency's obligations in this area. The ownership of space objects, astronaut missions, and space tourism flight operations are all governed by this 2019 legislation. Additionally, those in violation are subject to heavy fines of up to AED 10 million.

As for the upcoming revisions, H.E Al Qubaisi noted that they will include the authorization and inspection procedures for license holders in the revised regulations. Aiming to work with contemporaries to speed up licensing procedures and ease their entry into the space sector, he also underlined the inclusion of legislation spanning many sectors that support space initiatives.

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