The UAE will send the Arab world’s first mission to moon in 2024, it was announced on Saturday. The announcement comes a couple of months after the country successfully launched the Hope probe to Mars – the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission.
This came as HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed a 10-year strategy of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The strategy 2021-31 includes programmes to develop new specialised satellites and an outer space simulation centre for training, academic and educational programmes.
Sheikh Mohammed also referred to new space missions that will be announced soon. “The Emirati space programme is sustainable and would produce outputs that would have practical applications across other sectors. Professionals from these sectors will share their experiences with the rest of the country and the region. It will build international knowledge partnerships that will benefit humanity.”
Sheikh Mohammed and the MBRSC reviewed the strategy that establishes a new phase of cooperation with international space agencies.