This Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy, adopted by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, is a turning point in the country’s march towards progress, economic diversification and prosperity, and aims mainly to prepare the UAE for a post oil world.
The timing of the policy coincides with the announcement of 2015 as the Year of Innovation in the UAE, as per the directives of His Highness the President of the UAE. It is also in line with the overall guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to launch the National Innovation Strategy and to form the National Science, Technology and Innovation Committee. This policy represents one of the Committee’s most important output for that year.
This document starts with a brief review of the UAE Vision 2021 and the National Innovation Strategy that form the umbrella and the main purpose for setting this policy; it then highlights the importance of science, technology and innovation as well as the current assets of the UAE. Finally, it details the policy’s general framework that includes the UAE’s ambition in the fields of science, technology and innovation, the focus areas for this policy and its enablers.
The UAE government will work on implementing this policy and achieving its ambition, in order to make the UAE among the most innovative countries in the world, owing to advanced and innovative talent, resources, legislations and infrastructure.