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The Gulf Countries

The Gulf region is host to a wide range of space actors, ranging from relatively advanced space players with ambitious long-term targets to countries with a more marginal space sector. To overcome their economic dependence on oil and gas resources, countries in the region are implementing diversification plans focusing on sectors such as renewable energies, transportation, tourism, trade and infrastructures. 

The Gulf countries focus on satellite communications, with public operators launching foreign-built large communication satellites. The downstream use of Earth Observation data is also widely used in many sectors, including oil and gas infrastructure.
Satellite systems, space science and human spaceflight are expected to grow significantly in the near future, bearing untapped potential for closer collaboration. Investments involving transportation and infrastructures are expected to spill over into the downstream space sector, increasing the demand for Earth Observation data for monitoring and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) services. The use of the latter could be intensified to increase the technological added value of the aviation sector, the Geographic Information System services, and the construction industry. The regional space race is also triggering demand for capabilities such as space science equipment and launch vehicles.
For European space companies, the main market opportunities in the region are forecasted to be related to infrastructure monitoring, transportation, logistics, and natural resources protection. Potential application of EU space-enabled technology range in fact from construction site progress supervision to autonomous driving IT infrastructure, manned aviation air control, and oil spill detection.

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Events & Outreach

events_outreach 28 Mar 2023

Business-to-Business | International cooperation between Gulf countries and the EU

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events_outreach 28 Mar 2023

Webinar | The Copernicus Programme and its applications for environmental and infrastructure monitoring in the Gulf region

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events_outreach 06 Feb 2023

Event | EU Space: An enabler of tech’s limitless potential to build a positive future

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events_outreach 20 Jul 2022

EU-Kuwait bilateral workshop

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events_outreach 19 Jul 2022

EU-Qatar bilateral workshops

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events_outreach 19 Jul 2022

EU-Kingdom of Bahrain bilateral workshop

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events_outreach 18 Jul 2022

EU-Oman bilateral workshop

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events_outreach 06 Jul 2022

EU-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bilateral workshop

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events_outreach 05 Jul 2022

EU-UAE bilateral workshop

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events_outreach 12 Apr 2022

Webinar: Introducing the EU Space Programme: Exploring the benefits of EU space data for the Gulf

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15 Mar 2023
Space News

Copernicus and the Gulf Region: opportunities in the making

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10 Feb 2023
Success Stories

Helping European start-ups to connect with Gulf stakeholders: the “EU Global Action on Space” at the LEAP Tech Conference

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