The UAE have been the first Arab Country to launch a space mission last February, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), which is expected to finish in 2023.

“Projects of the 50’s plan”

In the meantime, the Country has announced a second space mission to Venus as part of the “Projects of the 50’s plan”. The plan was announced in September to celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary.

Only a few plans have already been revealed so far, such as a national healthcare program, start-up support activities, funds for fresh graduates, a child allowance scheme, etc. The plan is aimed at boosting the economy and empowering the people.

The space mission will mark the UAE as the fourth country to explore Venus and the asteroids belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Photos: Ministry of Presidential Affairs / Dubai Media Office

The mission is scheduled to launch in 2028 as it will take seven years to build the spacecraft. The journey will last five years.

“The UAE is determined to make a meaningful contribution to space exploration, scientific research and our understanding of the solar system.” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

The program will create more opportunities in the private sector as Emirati private companies will be involved with their engineering and scientific skills.

The mission is “a new test of the capabilities of the Emirati youth to achieve Zayed’s ambition in space,” as HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said.

UAE National Space Strategy 2030

As part of the UAE National Space Strategy 2030, the UAE Space Agency is taking many initiatives around the new mission to enhance the space sector’s contribution to the national economy and promote the UAE’s regional and international presence in the space sector:

“Our goal is clear: to accelerate the development of innovation and knowledge-based enterprises in the Emirates,” said Ms Al Amiri, Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency.

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