The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world.The Centre launched DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2, and recently launched KhalifaSat on 29 October 2018 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. KhalifaSat was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers.

The Centre is responsible for the development of the Emirates Mars Mission and the Mars Hope Probe, a mission to reach Mars orbit by 2021 and gather key science data about Mars’ atmosphere, as well as the UAE Astronaut Programme, which saw the launch of Hazzaa AlMansoori, first Emirati Astronaut, to the International Space Station on a scientific mission on 25th September 2019, and the development of the Mars 2117 vision to build a human colony on Mars.


The strategic plans of the MBRSC have been developed in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. They contribute to building a knowledge-based economy in the country and achieving sustainable development objectives.

OUR GOAL is to establish the space sector and advanced technology in the UAE.


Develop the UAE’s space science sector and prepare new generations of Emirati engineers, experts and researchers

Prepare qualified leaders in the UAE space industry by implementing sustainable training programmes and creating a stimulating work environment that encourages innovation

Raise awareness of the importance of science, innovation and scientific exploration among the UAE community

Upgrade scientific facilities and infrastructure to support and develop scientific and technical tools and systems

Launch major scientific projects and missions, adopt effective management and harness the output of projects

Support the establishment of small- and medium-sized science and technology enterprises in the private sector through knowledge transfer programmes and incubators

Develop and innovate smart systems and applications that serve the community and decision makers in the UAE

Support the development of policies and laws governing the science sector, research and advanced technology

Launch strategic initiatives


  • Scientific research and exploration in the space sector
  • Satellite manufacturing and the development of space systems and technology
  • Providing high quality space imagery
  • Providing ground station services and support services for other satellites
  • Providing consultancy services for companies and government-level decision makers
  • Raising awareness about space science and technology among community members and motivating the new generations to innovate