He is recognised globally as a Space Industry expert, known for his leadership and strategic planning skills. He played a major role in highlighting the benefits of a Space Agency to the UAE and in setting it up in record time. He also helped establish strategic projects including the innovation and development centre for the UAE Armed Forces, CEO, as well as the Yahsat project for which he was the project manager of its military division. He is a board member on the ICT fund and Yahsat Company. Dr. Al Ahbabi obtained a PhD in communications from the University of Southampton from the United Kingdom, and a master's degree for the same university in communications before that. He completed a degree in electronic engineering from the University of California, in addition to many specialized military and government courses. Dr. Al Ahbabi has also won a series of honors and awards over the years.