The United Arab Emirates officially entered the global race to explore outer space, through the decree of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State “may God protect him”, to establish the Emirates Space Agency, and to start work on a project to send the first Arab and Islamic probe to Mars, it was called The name “Probe of Hope”. The country will be one of only nine countries that aspire to explore this planet.
The probe will start its mission in 2020, and it is planned to reach Mars by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates. The probe project is planned, managed and implemented by an Emirati team whose members rely on their skills and diligence to acquire all knowledge related to space exploration science and its application, as the UAE Space Agency oversees and fully funds the project, while the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center develops the probe in cooperation with international partners.
The mission’s goals are reflected in building highly efficient Emirati human resources in the field of space technology, developing knowledge and scientific research and space applications that benefit humanity, establishing a sustainable knowledge-based economy, promoting diversification, encouraging innovation, and advancing the UAE’s position in the space race to expandBenefits, enhancing the UAE’s efforts in the field of scientific discoveries, and establishing international partnerships in the space sector to enhance the position of the United Arab Emirates.