Astronomy in UAE



The Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences


The Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences
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The Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences was inaugurated on Wednesday morning of May 2015 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, to crown the celebrations of Sharjah as the Capital of Islamic Culture. The center aims at developing and promoting education about astronomy and space sciences in the Arab World in general and the UAE in particular in order to be a destination for science, research, heritage, education and tourism for school students, university students, researchers and families of all ages.

The center has many attractions, most important of which are: Planetarium, Astronomy Exhibition, Space Exhibition, Exhibition of the Universe in the Holy Qur’an, Astronomical Observatory and a Cosmic Park. The center also has other facilities including a cafeteria and a gift shop for astronomical and scientific souvenirs.​​


The University of Sharjah


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The University of Sharjah is a comprehensive academic institution with a distinctive learning style and a global vision. It is a pioneer in academia, scientific research and the arts in the UAE and the GCC region. All programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

The University of Sharjah is recognized among the reputable and comprehensive universities around the world for its excellence in teaching and learning, research, and sustainable academic programs that provide quality services to the community and contribute to the well-being of society.

The University of Sharjah fosters a culture of critical inquiry in a diverse learning environment which leads to the discovery, creation, and dissemination of knowledge. The University is committed to providing its students with an education and life-long learning experience of the highest quality through the provision of a comprehensive platform of excellent academic and professional programs, promoting creativity, innovation in research and scholarship, and enhancing the personal, social, academic, and career development of all students. The university serves the socio-cultural and economic needs of the community and the society in the UAE and beyond.

Core Values
The University of Sharjah endeavors to achieve its mission through the following set of core values which define its character and culture
Ethical and civic responsibility in accordance with progressive arab and islamic ideals
Highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability
Mutual respect, fairness and collegiality among all
Freedom of intellectual thought and expressions

The University shall strive to achieve the following goals:
Advance scientific research and scholarship at UOS to an international level
Develop the necessary state-of-the-art infrastructure needed for research
Expand graduate studies programs to establish more relevant specialties and higher degrees with international quality
Promote excellence in teaching, with state of the art infrastructure, through enhancing learning for all academic programs, including extra-curricular activities
Recruit and retain talented and diverse students, scholars and staff and create the proper environment that nurtures innovation, creativity, and the pursuit of knowledge
Promote the personal, social, academic and career growth of all students in a proactive manner to prepare them to be leaders in their chosen professions
Forge strategic partnerships with the local community, including the public service industry in order to be responsive to the socio-economic needs of the community through dedicated applied research
Contribute to the socio-cultural, scientific and economic progress of society through social responsiveness and effective engagement
Leverage relationships with alumni to advance the University's mission
Develop effective and efficient academic and administrative processes that promote and support excellence in teaching, research and service to the community




The Dubai Astronomy Group

The Dubai Astronomy Group


The Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) was founded in the year 2000 to encourage and promote the study of Astronomy and its related fields in the Middle East region and beyond. Since its inception the group has grown in size and stature.

In its current capacity, as consultant and specialist i its field, the Dubai Astronomy Group enjoys a variety of relationships at senior government and private sector’s levels. The Group is involved in a number of high profile infrastructure and future tourism projects.

The Aims of the Group:

· To promote astronomy in the Middle East region and the world

· To support and encourage new talents in astronomy

· To discover, promote and archive Arab/Islamic astronomical heritage

· To participate locally and internationally in astronomical activities

· To represent UAE astronomy nationally and internationally

· To support education and knowledge through events and our library

· To provide access to practical astronomy at our observing facilities

· To champion an open, global astronomy community

Education and Awareness:

· DAG promotes the study of astronomy and its related fields by means of:

· Astronomical events; outdoor observations according to the astronomy calendar

· Educational activities; lectures, conferences, talks and exhibitions

· A comprehensive online library

· Active social media platform

· Private observing sites

Group Strengthens:

With over 2000 online subscribers, DAG members are represented from all walks of life. The monthly observing sessions are an excellent way to meet new people and get most from Astronomy. DAG facilitates and strengthens the interactions among its members’ through forums and social media. DAG also provides excellent outreach communication for the international members. DAG supports its members in the development of their personal education, knowledge and professional skills.

DAG have invested in Education – Astronomy Club in School initiative in 2006 till now, 7 schools are actively participated and visioning astronomy clubs network on global scale. The group actively encourages new talents with a passion for astronomy and its related fields. DAG activities inspire and lead many to careers in science. DAG mentors and supports the next generation of astronomers.


Full individual membership to the group is available to anyone who has an interest in astronomy. Current members include both professional, amateur and entry level astronomers based in the UAE and GCC countries. Membership derives a variety of benefits including; member only events, specialist courses, discounts and much more.