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Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Technology

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Message from Her Excellency Sara Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology

Our young team at the newly established Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is moving towards the future with agility and confidence. We understand and appreciate the correlation between investing in advanced sciences and R&D systems and further enhancing our national capacities with future-focused skills. We strongly believe that doing so will significantly build the competitiveness of the UAE’s local industries at a regional and global level while also boosting in-country value and enabling broad-based industrial development.

Through our work, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology seeks to shape future-focused sectors to achieve their national goal of proactively leading the UAE’s preparedness as a regional pioneer of the digital age that leverages Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. In line with this goal, we have established a national plan to ensure greater cooperation and support for our partners and stakeholders in the industrial sector. Together, we will boost innovation in the national industrial landscape, and achieve commercial production feasibility.

Through our work, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology seeks to shape future-focused sectors to achieve their national goal of proactively leading the UAE’s preparedness as a regional pioneer of the digital age that leverages Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. In line with this goal, we have established a national plan to ensure greater cooperation and support for our partners and stakeholders in the industrial sector. Together, we will boost innovation in the national industrial landscape, and achieve commercial production feasibility.

We are working relentlessly to enhance the UAE's position as a global 4IR leader and to shape a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and future technological applications - that are fusing physical, digital and biological spheres. Our efforts are in line with the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that seeks to establish our country as a global model in proactively preparing for and meeting future challenges through the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and tools to better serve our society.

We have commenced supporting national applied research endeavors and building frameworks and systems to advance the industrial sector and enhance its competitiveness in contributing to realizing the vision of our wise leadership to elevate the UAE as a global leader in the industrial field and boost its competitiveness. We will continue to support these visionary goals through formulating national policies, plans, programs and identifying key enablers according to a structured approach.

Furthermore, in defining the Ministry’s agenda for the future, we will continue to focus on aligning with national priorities to strengthen the industrial sector’s contribution to diversifying the economy. This will be done through raising the Ministry’s efficiency and building new segments to attract foreign direct investments to the industrial sector, particularly high-tech and high-growth industries that boost economic recovery in the post-pandemic era.

The UAE today has the opportunities, capabilities and tools to join the league of the fastest growing for post COVID-19 phase. These achievements can be attributed to the proactive vision to identify innovative solutions to future challenges that are well aligned with the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071.

The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology seeks to stimulate the business sector to adopt cutting-edge technologies on par with best global practices and thereby accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable industries. In addition, we aim to grow our country's exports and to enhance the capability of the UAE’s industrial sector to compete globally, attract talent and create job opportunities for citizens as part of a meticulously defined national policy.

Our next stage of growth requires seizing new opportunities and putting in place actionable plans to further enhance collaboration among all government entities, and working in a concerted manner to define challenges and consider ways to overcome them. Only through doing so can we build the UAE’s credibility as a pioneer in innovative solutions, grow its digital infrastructure and create opportunities for a prosperous future.

Minister’s full bio

Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri is the UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency.

In her role as Minister of State for Advanced Technology, her Excellency spearheads the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s efforts to empower the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and promote research and development in the advanced science and technology sector, in order to create new industries that drive the shift towards a knowledge economy. This, in turn, contributes to the overall mandate of the Ministry to strengthen the UAE’s industrial base, ensure in-country value, and raise the competitiveness of local industries.

As Chairwoman of the Space Agency, Her Excellency is responsible to oversee the Agency’s mandate of guiding the space sector, ensuring its contribution to the national economy and to the UAE’s sustainable development.

Her Excellency is also the Chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists Council, Chairwoman of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Council, Chairwoman of the Dubai Future Academy Board of Trustees, and Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

Previously, Her Excellency was the Head of R&D at MBRSC, where she established the Centre’s knowledge management, strategic research and product assurance functionalities. She was also involved in DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, and in the establishment of the KhalifaSat program.

In 2014, Her Excellency was tasked with and led the establishment of the Advanced Aerial Systems Program, where she championed development efforts on a prototype High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite. The project resulted in a successful 24-hour flight of the unmanned vehicle, which recorded the highest altitude of any aircraft over UAE airspace.

In 2015, the World Economic Forum honoured Her Excellency as one of its 50 Young Scientists for her contributions to science, technology and engineering.

H.E. Sarah Al Amiri holds a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.

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